Below are alumni featured stories! If you have a story you'd like to share, please contact us at iafs@colorado.edu

Philip Staehelin

Alumnus’ Ski Trip Inspires an Insight That Could Help Give the World’s Poor Better Vision

Nov. 29, 2022

The idea for a potentially game-changing way to help poor people see better hit Philip Staehelin as he floated above a peaceful snowscape on a ski lift in the Czech mountains. Philip Staehelin’s (IAFS/Econ. '91) vision for the future: fit millions of glasses annually. “I want to prove that a...

sign with painting of earth and words "one world"

IAFS Alum - Anna Iwanciw - Class Action: Fighting Climate Change Through Girls’ Education

July 21, 2022

When Anna Iwanciw (IntlAf’22) was in high school, her class watched the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret , prompting her to become a vegetarian and reduce her personal carbon footprint. Iwanciw feels her education directly impacted her views on climate change. And now she wants all women to have access...

rory burke and two other people in bamyan, afghanistan

Alumni Spotlight on Rory Burke: Skateistan is More Than Just Skateboarding with Kids

May 19, 2021

Rory Burke (IAFS ’03) is the Projects and Operations Director of the award-winning international non-profit organization, Skateistan . Through their innovative skateboarding and education programs, Skateistan empowers around 3000 youth aged 5-17 in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. Their focus is on groups who are often excluded from sports and...

Walker Kosmidou-Bradley outside in desert setting

Mapping Afghanistan

June 26, 2020

Here’s a story Walker Kosmidou-Bradley (IntlAf’09) tells about his early life with maps: On a Boy Scout backpacking expedition up a slot canyon in southern Utah, when he was about 17, he and the hikers he was leading plotted their course along a river using U.S. Geographical Survey quads —...

james souza standing next to the american institute of Afghanistan studies

Understanding the Dynamics of Art and Culture in the Middle East

Jan. 22, 2019

James Souza (IAFS ’10) always had an interest in the Middle East, but it was his close friends in the Smith Hall International Program (SHIP) that encouraged him to switch from Chinese to Arabic studies. SHIP is the precursor of what is now known as the Global Studies Residential Academic...

fulbright logo in blue circle

Congratulations to IAFS Alumni Honored as Fulbright Scholars for 2018-19

Aug. 2, 2018

Maya Friedli-Schroeder Jordan Thomas Congratulations to Maya Friedli-Schroeder and Jordan Thomas for being recipients of the Fulbright Scholarship for AY 2018-2019 . Ten CU Boulder students and alumni have been honored with prestigious awards to study and conduct research in locations around the globe. Eight CU students have been offered...

photo of erin neale wearing red dress in windowsill

IAFS Alum Builds a Career from the Ground Up

May 22, 2018

When it comes to job searching, the process takes persistence as well as skill. Upon graduating in spring 2017, Erin Neale (IAFS) relocated to Washington, D.C., determined to make a career in one of the most competitive cities in the United States. Currently, Neale is a research assistant at the...

mattson and kids in senegal

Learning Traditions of Senegal: IAFS Student Visits the Matam Region

Feb. 23, 2018

Learning and Living in Senegal With more than 50 countries available, Global Grant recipient Rachael Mattson (IAFS ’18) had a daunting task of choosing where to study abroad. With her academic interests in politics and environmental issues in West Africa, she chose the Dakar Development Studies program in Senegal during...

robert schulzinger

Remembering the Vietnam War with Former IAFS Director Robert Schulzinger

Feb. 23, 2018

This year marks the 50 th anniversary of one of the most significant events of the Vietnam War. In late January 1968, during the Vietnamese New Year holiday (Tết), communist Viet Cong and North Vietnamese army forces launched a surprise attack on multiple targets in South Vietnam. The attack ultimately...

michael carlson

IAFS Alum Finds his Passion in the International Game

Feb. 23, 2018

Michael Carlson (IAFS ’00) discovered his passion for international affairs in his IAFS classes at CU. However, he had another interest that had been with him for many years. As a teenager, Carlson’s family hosted a German exchange student, José Neumann, who shared his love of soccer. After Neumann returned...

Pages