International Visitor Program


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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.



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.


Global Classroom


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.





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.