International Visitor Program

Stacia Lee

Stacia Lee is a student at the University of Washington pursuing degrees in International Studies and Anthropology. She is particularly interested in foreign policy and immigration law. She has previously worked with local nonprofits such as Washington CASH, East African Community Services, and the International Rescue Committee. Stacia has studied abroad in both London and Prague and enjoys traveling and hiking in her free time.

IMG_1199Calli Rose Parise is currently completing her last year as student at Seattle University pursuing a major in International Studies and Spanish. She is particularly interested in both domestic and international issues regarding gender and human rights, U.S. foreign policy decision making, international law, and international development in Latin America and Asia. She has studied abroad both in the cities of Barcelona and Salamanca in Spain and has traveled elsewhere to Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, and a myriad of European countries. She can be found anywhere in the mountains hiking, swing and/or salsa dancing, watching TED Talks, playing Scrabble, listening to gypsy jazz, and keeping updated with upcoming music artists.

VeronicaVeronica Contin grew up in Minneapolis and Cincinnati before graduating in 2014 from the University of Pittsburgh with majors in Political Science and Anthropology. Through studying abroad in Italy and Morocco, Veronica developed a strong interest in global education and international program development. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, trying new ethnic foods, traveling, cooking, and learning languages.


Ki Youn Lassen was born and raised in Seoul. She graduated from Korea University with a degree in International Development and Cooperation. Her experience working at the US and Korean Embassies fueled a passion for understanding international affairs, especially human rights and security issues, and cross-cultural exchanges. Ki Youn enjoys cooking, learning new languages, and watching basketball games. 

IMAG0142 (1)Kara Widergren is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a BA in Foreign Language and International Affairs. She recently completed her Peace Corps service teaching English in Namibia for two years and returned with a keen passion for traveling and learning about different cultures. A native born Washingtonian, Kara enjoys being in the outdoors, watching telenovelas, reading, and anything relating to food.


Global Classroom

Bridget ChanBridget Chan is a native of Portland, Oregon studying in Seattle. She is currently a fourth-year at the University of Washington studying International Studies. Recently she returned from a year-long study abroad program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and spend the subsequent summer in Hong Kong visiting her large extended family and teaching English to immigrants from rural Mainland China. Her experience abroad piqued her interest in cross-cultural communication and exposed her to the importance of being a global citizen in a rapidly globalizing world. As a result, she hopes to pursue a career in non-profits or NGOs in the United States or abroad. In her free time, she likes to hike, eat around Seattle, and compile exploratory playlists on Spotify.

KayleyKayley Knopf is a sophomore at the University of Washington majoring in international studies with a concentration in international political economy. She has studied French for six years and hopes to study abroad in Brussels to become fluent in the language. After being an editor for the Washington Undergraduate Law Review she has become interested in the prospect of law school, but ultimately would like to work in a think tank. She is passionate about learning from other cultures and is excited to be interning for the World Affairs Council in such a global environment. 

Jaclyn NowakJaclyn Nowak is a sophomore at the University of Washington studying Economics and International Studies with a focus in global health and economic equality. She will be spending the summer in the Netherlands studying Dutch design and economics in Amsterdam. In her free time, Jaclyn loves attending concerts and cooking.


Community Programs

IMG_1870Kodie Dower is a senior at the University of Washington studying Political Science and Philosophy. His interests include international development, international political economy relating to the environment, sustainability, climate change, and US politics. In his free time, Kodie likes to hike and go to concerts and enjoy working on political campaigns.


HayleyHaley Hanson is a senior at Seattle University studying Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. Her interests include human rights and international events. During her junior year she was able to study abroad in the United Kingdom, visiting England, Wales, and Scotland. She is currently working on an honors thesis looking at violence and gender roles in the media. Haley is excited to intern at the World Affairs Council and plans to attend as many events as possible. In her free time she enjoys cooking and exploring the Seattle area.



 IMG_1872Ali Mollhoff is a senior at the University of Washington pursuing degrees in Political Science and English. She is especially interested in international political economy, gender equality, and economic empowerment in developing nations. In her free time, Ali enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and Pacific Northwest landscape photography.


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