Each month we feature a School of World Studies major who exemplifies what it means to be an engaged global citizen.
December 10, 2019
If Chandler Wilson looks familiar, that’s because you might have seen their 2018 appearance on Lisa Ling’s “This is Life” or their viral 2015 YouTube video in which they came out as agender to their mom live on camera. Now pursuing two degrees through SWS, Wilson aspires to educate others about LGBTQIA issues through film and travel.
November 4, 2019
Chesapeake native Claudia Bale came to VCU knowing she wanted to combine a pre-med track with a humanities degree. Now a senior majoring in International Studies, her ultimate goal is to work as a physician in underserved communities locally and abroad.
October 1, 2019
Certified Reiki master and VCU junior Jelani Crosby switched majors from physical therapy to Religious Studies in order to bring a more “spiritual, [holistic] approach to [his] health” practice. Crosby’s ultimate goal is to operate a metaphysical franchise focused on energy healing where he can integrate the physical and spiritual sides of health.
September 9, 2019
Senior Hannah Furchak has always found primates “very intriguing [because of] what they can tell us about ourselves.” She’s explored her interest in primatology as an Anthropology major concentrating in biological anthropology.
August 12, 2019
Normile’s ultimate goal is to “know as many languages as possible.” She is making it real by not only minoring in Spansh but studying abroad again in Costa Rica this Fall. After graduating, she hopes to obtain a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification and teach abroad, particularly in Francophone Africa.
July 3, 2019
Originally from Alexandria, Will Cummins just graduated this year with an Anthropology degree concentrating in anthropological linguistics. Always fascinated by the “diversity of languages world wide,” he has focused his academic career on the preservation of indigenous languages, a timely specialization considering that the United Nations declared 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.
June 3, 2019
Marina Pugh just graduated last month with a double major in International Studies and Philosophy of Law as well as a double minor in Russian and Political Science. Her documentary “An Exploration of Russia’s Middle Class” aims to dispel common misconceptions about Russia such as “not realizing how ethnically diverse [it] is.”
May 1, 2019
Theresa Dinh graduates this month with a degree in International Studies concentrating in World Cinema and a minor in Asian and Chinese Studies. She is the recipient of multiple scholarships such as the Freeman-Asia and Boren. Most recently, she was awarded a Fulbright which will take her to Taiwan this August!
April 2, 2019
Northern California native Hanan DuVerney graduates this summer and hopes to work for a political think tank before obtaining a J.D. in International Law and ultimately forming his own consulting firm. He entered college as an Anthropology major, but quickly realized a degree in International Studies concentrating in European Affairs combined with a double minor in French and History more closely aligned with his academic goals.
March 1, 2019
Rising senior Sidra Sharieff’s ultimate ambition is to end human trafficking in the Middle East. She is working towards that goal by pursuing a major in International Studies with a Social Justice concentration as well as a double minor in Psychology and Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.
February 4, 2019
Holly Love’s interest in global change drew her to the School of World Studies where she’s pursuing a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice. The program’s cultural themes and focus on experiential learning have helped Love make a world of change both on campus and abroad as a UNICEF volunteer.
January 3, 2019
Rising senior and GMED student, Neha Pondicherry crafted her own concentration, International Health: Policies, Health Systems in Developing Countries. She also helped form the School of World Studies Society and served as its first president.