2023 Davis Project for Peace to Improve Technology Access in Rwanda

For Eugene Gato Nsengamungu ’23, his homeland of Rwanda is everything. Guided by the example of his late father, a soldier who fiercely loved his country, it’s only natural that when Nsengamungu thinks of a problem to be solved, he thinks of how he can do so back home. “This is a spirit I got…

Senior Thesis: Chen ’23 Studies HIV/AIDS and STD Stigma in Jamaica

By amplifying the personal experience of women in Jamaica who are living with HIV/AIDS, Nilukshi Chen ’23 hopes to explore the rampant fear and stigma surround the disease in the island nation. Chen interviewed four women for her senior thesis on the stigma surrounding HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Jamaica. Her thesis, titled…

Logoh ’23 to Start Up Aquaponics Farm in Togo

Keleki Logoh ’23 lived in Togo, located in West Africa, until she was seven years old. In 2021, she went back home for the first time since she was a little girl. “I was shocked by the state of the country,” Logoh said. Food scarcity was an issue since over 60 percent of the citizens…

Watson Fellow Jocelyn Velasquez Baez to Explore Ethical Understandings of Traditional Medicine in 6 Countries

Thomas J. Watson Fellow Jocelyn Velasquez Baez ’23 will travel to at least six countries in a year’s time to explore how the integration, adaptation, and practice of traditional medicine is perceived in diverse Indigenous and ethnic communities around the world. The Watson Fellowship, sponsored by the Watson Foundation, allows recent graduates from 41 partner institutions…

Wesleyan Alums Share about Experience as Watson Fellows

Students gathered at the Fries Center for Global Studies for a panel discussion with Watson Fellows Livia Cox (‘22) and Inayah Bashir (‘20) on April 18th. The Watson Fellowship is a prestigious fellowship in which 41 universities, including Wesleyan, participate. Watson recipients must design an independent year-long project to pursue abroad. The two fellows shared…

Fulbright Spotlight: Anna Marti (’22), English Teaching Assistant in Greece

Blog post by Eli Siegel-Bernstein (‘25), Fellowships Assistant 2023 The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to expand the perspectives of recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals through cross-cultural dialogue. Fulbright recipients travel to 140 partner countries each year to conduct research, teach English, or pursue graduate studies.…

Testing a Happiness Hypothesis

Coming out of Covid-19, studying abroad seemed like a no-brainer to me; the opportunity to interact with as many new people as possible in a novel environment seemed like the perfect way to distance myself from the struggles of recent years. In many ways, I assumed it would be a sort of vacation (as I…

Meet the Study Abroad Peer Mentors!

Sasha GerberEmail: sgerber@wesleyan.eduSasha Gerber is a senior (class of 2023) and she is majoring in College of Letters and Classical Studies, and minoring in Jewish and Israeli Studies. In the spring semester of 2022 she studied in Tel Aviv, Israel, through the Study Abroad Program at Tel Aviv University. Sasha took intensive Hebrew classes throughout…

Interested in joining WesInterpreters? Join us this Friday to learn more!

Are you interested in helping your community as never before? Interested in facilitating your community access to information? Join WesInterpreters and make that possible. Wesinterpreters are currently looking for Spanish-speaking students who want to get involved in community service by translating documents from English to Spanish or vice-versa. We have worked with multiple non-profit organizations in the…

Happening today: “A Cameroonian Scholar’s Personal and Professional Journey Through Uncertain Times” with Dr. Henry Meriki

Please join the Wesleyan International News Group (WING) to meet Dr. Meriki and learn more about his story. His presentation, “A Cameroonian Scholar’s Personal and Professional Journey Through Uncertain Times,” will be TODAY, Thursday, March 30th at 4:30 PM in Fisk 121. See this link for more information on WesNest.  Wesleyan’s Involvement in the Scholar…

ICYMI: Power of Language Week 2023

On behalf of everyone at the Fries Center for Global Studies, we would like to extend our thanks to all campus member who participated in Power of Language Week 2023. Special thanks to students, faculty, and staff, as well as our campus sponsors, for collaborating and supporting the mission to expand and celebrate multilingualism at…

A Different Kind of City

As someone who makes being from New York her personality, I was extremely excited to take on a city environment for my study abroad program. While I had convinced myself that the adjustment in London would run smoothly, I was defeated my first night when I ate dinner at McDonald’s because nothing in the grocery…

FLTA Spotlight: Introducing Taehui Ha

Hi, I’m Taehui Ha, a foreign language teaching assistant for the Korean language at Wesleyan university. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to speak with you today. As an FLTA, my role is essential in helping students learn the Korean language. I support two beginner classes and one intermediate class, which involves assisting with grading…

Celebrating Faculty Research on International Topics

In the Fries Center for Global Studies, part of our mission is to “expand opportunities for all students and faculty wishing to pursue a global perspective in the field of their choice, both on campus and abroad,” as well as to “support international faculty research and creative practice, both on-going and especially for individuals developing…