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Life-Changing Adventures and Heartfelt Connections Abroad: Pamela Civins' Peace Corps Journey

Feb. 8, 2024

Pamela Civins (CU Boulder ENGL ’86, School for International Training (SIT) ‘99, Harvard ‘03) Pamela Civins brings extensive experience to her current role as CU-Boulder’s Peace Corps Strategic Campus Recruiter. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Nepal, working as a teacher and teacher trainer. She has...

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From Boulder to Mali to Mexico: Life as a Diplomat with IAFS Alum Scott Renner

Nov. 29, 2023

Scott Renner ( International Affairs '86, Law '93) joined the U.S. Department of State in 1997 and he currently serves as the Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. His overseas postings include: Lagos, Nigeria; Santiago, Chile; Mexico City, Mexico; Warsaw, Poland; Bogota, Colombia; and Toronto, Canada. Scott...

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An Evening with Former Ambassador Daniel Smith

April 5, 2023

On a snowy Tuesday April 4, 2023, over 30 IAFS students and alumni gathered in the CU Boulder Chancellor's Hall for networking and the opportunity to hear from former Ambassador Daniel Smith (HIST '77). The event began with time for students and alumni to mingle, network, and get to know...

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"10 Tips for a Nontraditional Global Career" with Veronica Baker (IAFS & PSCI '15)

March 2, 2023

Date : Tuesday, April 18 Time : 5:30-7pm (MT) Location : University Club, Room 4 (basement of University Club) Dinner will be provided, RSVPs are required . Join us for dinner and a discussion with Veronica Baker, founder of The Global Climbing Initiative and Ascent Admissions , as she shares...

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From CU to Mexico: International Affairs in the Real World

Feb. 28, 2023

Stephanie Ahlgrain graduated from CU Boulder in 2013 with a double major in International Affairs and Anthropology. While at CU, Stephanie received a Global Grant to participate in the CIEE Nicaragua: Managua Social Justice and Development study abroad program. Her experiences abroad and her interest in locally-led social and environmental...

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"Getting Outside My Comfort Zone" - IAFS Alum on Life Abroad and Leaving Russia after the Ukraine Invasion

Jan. 11, 2023

Benjamin Lourie graduated from CU Boulder in 2016 with a double major in International Affairs and Russian. You can read about Ben's Global Grant scholarship experience in the spring of 2015 when he studied at St. Petersburg State University. After graduating from CU, Ben received a Fulbright grant in Russia...

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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...

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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...

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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 —...

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

Oct. 7, 2019

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...