Volodymyr Kebalo, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“The classes are like one big family to me.”

Where are you from?
Ukraine

What is your field of study?
Culture and Conflict Resolution

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I enjoy having the opportunity to communicate with international students. The GLDP classes are like one big family to me.

What has your classroom experience taught you?
My writing skills have greatly improved, thanks to the many research papers, while I have also had the opportunity to enhance my presentation skills.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope to be working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my home country of Ukraine, and to ultimately pursue a career in politics.

Fun Facts:

Previous education
BA, International Law, Ivan Franko National University of L’viv, Ukraine

Previous work experience
Intromisiya, Legal intern, Ukraine

Current employment
Office System of Connecticut, Court Interpreter, Connecticut

Languages
Ukrainian, English, Russian, Croatian, German

Stella Kim, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



“I feel that the most amazing aspect of the program is the cultural diversity of the student body.”

Why did you chose UB’s Global Development and Peace Program?
I chose UB because I felt that it was offering me precisely what I was looking for in a global development program. I could see that UB was a place where I could learn both inside and outside the classroom from both professors and students. Also, I had the impression that UB was offering me a unique environment where I would be able to contribute my previous experiences and background.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I feel that the most amazing aspect of the program is the cultural diversity of the student body. There is a never a dull conversation when discussing life experiences and cultural differences with other students. It enhances the academic experience by adding an element of personal growth.

What are your favorite classroom experiences?
Some of the best classroom experiences I had included simulations of real-world situations that allowed students to apply their knowledge in a very concrete way.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
I see myself working in the sphere of global development, either to reduce global poverty or working towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Fun Facts

Education before UB
BA, Psychology, University of Chicago, Chicago

Experiences before UB
Tommy Hilfiger Europe, Womenswear Product Coordinator, Amsterdam
ABN AMRO Bank, Expatriate Transfer Coordinator, Amsterdam

Internship experience
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Youth Assembly at the UN Logistics & Planning Intern, Greenwich

Current employment
University of Bridgeport, Graduate Assistant

Awards and/or major achievements
African Community Development Network, Inc., Member of Board of Trustees
Graduate Assistantship
Sigma Iota Rho

Languages
English, Korean, French, Dutch

Pranaya Rana, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.”

Haiti Earthquake Recovery Internship

I was given the opportunity to participate as a volunteer Peacekeeper in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Port-au-Prince, Haiti during May-June, 2010 assisting the victims of the disastrous earthquake which devastated that country in January 2010. This opportunity was possible due to a special arrangement from the Nepalese Army Headquarters. I participated in the mission representing the Nepalese Army and it also served as an Internship for my Master’s program.

My Peacekeeping Experience

I was assigned to work with both the Nepalese contingents and also with other Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ. The major activities in the mission were as follows: Foot Patrolling, Vehicle Patrolling, VIP Escorting, Installation Security, Food and non-food items distribution, and IDP Camp security.

Apart from my duties within the boundaries of the Mission, I also conducted my own research about the post-earthquake scenario in Port-au-Prince by interviewing the Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ, by interviewing locals with the help of translators and some government officials. I also gathered information about the conflict in Haiti and the political instability.

I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Patrico Larriva, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“There is a true connection, a bond between students and professors.”

Why did you choose UB’s Global Development and Peace Program?
I chose this program because of my career objectives to one-day work for either the government or a NGO. I knew it would prepare me well for my future to help solve real world issues.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I truly enjoy the cultural diversity and the respect that I see between students of varied backgrounds. There is a true connection, a bond between students and professors.

What have you learned from your classroom experiences?
I have experienced so much personal growth at many different levels thanks to the experiences that I have had in the classroom.

Do you have plans following graduation?
I see myself working for the government back in my home country of Ecuador, or perhaps working for an international organization.

Fun Facts

Home country: Ecuador

Education before UB
BA, Economics with minor in Business Management Administration, Southern Connecticut State University, Connecticut

Internship experience
Princess Sumaya University, Amman, Jordan

Current employment
University of Bridgeport, Graduate Assistant

Awards and/or major achievements
Pontificia Universidad Católica, Member of School Board, Ecuador
Model UN, Member of Delegation from University of Bridgeport, New York

Languages
Spanish, English

Min Liu, M.A. in Global Development and Peace, B.A. in Mass Communication



“I have not only learned from my professors, but I have also learned much from my fellow classmates.”

Why did you choose UB’s Global Development and Peace program?
After receiving my BA from University of Bridgeport, I was introduced to this program by my advisor.  After speaking to GLDP alumni, I was convinced that it was the natural next step for me to take.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I enjoy the diversity of the student body.  I find my classmates to be engaging and active thinkers.  Also, students are willing to help each other, creating a supportive environment.

How has UB helped you grow?
The classroom experiences are full of challenges, which encourages me to work hard and my knowledge base has grown so much.  Also, I have not only learned from my professors, but I have also learned much from my fellow classmates.

Do you have plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a teaching position, and I know that my degree from UB will help me to fulfill this goal back in my home country.

Fun Facts

Previous Education 
B.A., Mass Communication, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut

Employment Experience
University of Bridgeport, English Language Institute, Office Assistant, Bridgeport, Connecticut
AHEC Connecticut Collegiate Health Service Corps, Volunteer, Connecticut
Beijing Quishi Vocational School, International Office and Training Department, China
Chaoyang District of Beijing, Marketing Intern, China

Awards and/or major achievements
Academic Merit Scholarship Recipient
Fellowship, Lambda Pi Eta

Languages
Chinese, Japanese, English

Justin Hume, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“My experience helped to give me a first hand understanding of microcredit and loan distribution.”

Microfinance Internship in Africa

I had the opportunity to perform an internship at the Grounded and Holistic Approach to People’s Empowerment (GHAPE), a social model microfinance organization located in the North West Region of Cameroon.

There, I worked with the office staff performing the regular duties of a GHAPE credit officer. I wrote grants, created borrower profiles for the Kiva website, and was even involved in the day-to-day financial aspects of the organization (data entry, loan distribution, and borrower check-ups). In between our regular duties, during my stay, we secured three separate grants for increasing borrower education, for creating a new borrowing center, and even one more grant for establishing a third major office in Momo Division.

Gaining First-Hand Understanding

Together, these things served as a capstone experience to the University of Bridgeport’s masters program in Global Development and Peace, and not only helped to give me a first hand understanding of microcredit and loan distribution, but also helped me to become much more in tune with the challenges that many countries face in building a better tomorrow.

A Deeper Perspective

With these experiences in hand, I have since been able to the following:

  • Join the faculty of the College of Public and International Affairs
  • Write on the subject of microloan distribution from a more informed perspective
  • Become involved in the building of a new Non-Governmental Organization with the help of two other students from the Global Development and Peace program
  • Expand our activities beyond more academic pursuits and on in to helping people in the rural villages of East Africa