International Visitor Program


sarah2Sarah Brenden is a senior at the University of Washington double majoring in International Studies, with a focus on International Human Rights and in Law, Societies, and Justice. She traveled for a year across Europe spending most of her time in Sweden and Austria where she has close familial ties. She has focused her international studies pursuits and classwork on Latin America and was able to study abroad in Cusco, Peru and hone her Spanish proficiency. Sarah is interested in International Law and Governance, particularly surrounding development and human rights, and hopes to continue these studies in Law School. In her free time, she enjoys baking, skiing, riding horses, and anything that gets her in the great outdoors.


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Marilyn Cotrich graduated in December 2016 from Arizona State University with a degree in Global Health and a minor in Sustainability. She has traveled to Spain, Japan, New Zealand, and France, and hopes to continue traveling and building connections with people from around the world. Her passion for sustainability stems from a great love of the outdoors and she hopes to be able to build a career around helping young people better understand the correlations between sustainability and global citizenship.


AlexAlexander Kegel is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying in the Jackson School of International Studies, specializing in Foreign Policy, Security, Peace and Diplomacy, and in the French and Italian Department with a focus on French Culture and Literature. Having studied for a year at the Université de Nantes in Nantes, France, Alex currently also holds a Diplôme universitaire d’Études Françaises. He speaks both French and Arabic, though one much more proficiently than the other, and enjoys hiking and mountain biking in his free time.


jenva-2Jeneva Kuhn is currently a senior at Seattle University studying International Studies and minoring in Psychology. Through her travels and the opportunity to study abroad in France, she was able to expand her studies of the French language and politics, as well as gain a deeper interest in different cultures and international affairs. After her undergraduate studies, she hopes to continue studying international affairs in grad school to pursue a career focused on international conflict and resolution. Aside from travel and learning about different cultures, Jeneva also enjoys tasting new foods, hiking, and music.



Madé Lamont Graduated from Franklin University Switzerland with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and International Management. Her undergraduate experience included extensive field study in Europe, Turkey, Malawi, and India. In high school Madé lived as an exchange student in the south of Italy, an experience which launched her into the world of international affairs. Madé hopes to build a career focusing on issues of human rights, migration, women’s and girl’s empowerment, health, and education. Madé speaks both Italian and German.



Eric Lombardo graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 2014 with a degree in Philosophy, focusing on the subject of agency. During this time he developed his interest in international affairs and politics through study in Scotland and Taiwan. Since graduation, he has worked with 9to5 Colorado in Denver and with the ACLU of Washington in Seattle, and plans to continue his education at law school in the fall. Eric enjoys hiking and snowshoeing, playing the cello, and reading about the carceral system in the United States.


Community Programs


gwen-2Gwen Carmichael is a senior at Seattle University studying International Studies. She is half Italian and has grown up in South Korea, Japan and the greater Seattle area. She lived in Northern Italy for a year after graduating high school and spent time traveling throughout Europe and North Africa. In her spare time, Gwen enjoys listening to political podcasts, reading fashion blogs and drinking coffee.



Amanda Clark graduated from Northeastern University with a M.S. in Global Studies and International Relations with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. She is originally from Virginia and has spent the last nine years dancing with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA. She has traveled to Greece, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and St. Maarten and is looking forward to visiting more countries and learning about their cultures. She is most interested in continuing to learn about international development and diplomacy. She is also currently working as an intern with Minerva Strategies. Amanda also enjoys running, swimming, yoga, cooking, and teaching ballet in her spare time.


Global Classroom


su-rim-1Su Rim Han is a senior at the University of Washington double majoring in the Jackson School of International Studies with a focus on Human Rights and Early Childhood and Family Studies. She is interested in human rights, especially with regards to preventing the violation of children’s rights around the world. Her interest led her to an internship and volunteer opportunity at the Red Cross, Amnesty International and multiple child centers. She is continuing her passion for children and global issues through her internship at the World Affairs Council’s Global Classroom program. In her free time, she likes to cook or play sports such as soccer, basketball and tennis.


Kaye 1Kaye Michalak has a B.A. from the Evergreen State College focusing on social justice and anthropology, she has recently completed two years as a Fulbright ETA in Turkey and is currently a Youth Program Specialist at the Chinese Information and Services Center in Seattle.  As a product of both Japan and America, Kaye grew up internationally instilling a passion and interest in global affairs and human rights. She hopes to merge together her interests of social work and international development in the future while continuing to travel and bringing communities together.



Lukas Shadair graduated from DePaul University in 2016 with a major in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. He specialized in studying Latin American rebellions and studied abroad in Lima, Peru. After graduating from Depaul, Lukas spent several months teaching English in Chile with the English Opens Doors Program. Aside from being an intern at the World Affairs Council, Lukas works at Stone Way Café, tutors Spanish and English, and studies Japanese. In the future, he hopes to be trilingual and work for the UN. In his free time, he writes fiction, produces music, and plays basketball.






Laura Ivaska is currently a master’s student at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, where her research is on the contemporary identity politics of the indigenous Sami people in Finland. Laura is originally from Finland, and before moving to Seattle she finished her previous master’s degree in Italian Language and Translation at the University of Turku, Finland. In her free time, she listens to music from all across the world as a means to connect with other cultures and languages.


pinarPinar Ulumaskan is a graduate student at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. She is pursuing a Ph.D. degree with a primary focus on Religions, Cultures and Civilizations and a secondary focus on Peace, Violence and Security. Her research interests include ethnic and religious conflicts, particularly in the case of Turkey, and Kurdish diaspora politics in Germany. Pinar grew up in Germany and is fluent in German, Kurdish, English and Turkish. She is committed to the World Affairs Council’s mission to enhance Seattle’s global IQ and enrich its citizens with global perspectives and conversations.