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School of World Studies

Alumni Profiles

We couldn't be prouder of our alumni, many of whom go on to pursue advanced degrees, exciting projects and interesting careers. We hope that our alumni profiles will inspire and motivate current and prospective School of World Studies students to realize the diverse range of possibilities after graduating. 

Kahin Adam (BA ‘09/H&S), MPH, MSW, LGSW [View Image]

Kahin Adam (BA ‘09/H&S), MPH, MSW, LGSW

April 27, 2020

I help individuals who have been traumatized by war and immigration and help refugees, immigrants, African American, Latino and Native Americans get access to community resources including medical needs, access to mental health resources and information on navigating the healthcare system.

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Lloyd Fox

December 3, 2019

Prior to his first class at VCU, 1987 alumni Lloyd Fox had never been in a desegregated school environment before. He was already raising a family and had been called to the ministry when he enrolled as a Religious Studies major.  He found it “very rewarding how the school accepted [him] as an older black person.” Since graduating, Fox obtained a Master’s of Divinity, has been a pastor for 22 years and started two successful insurance agencies.

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Jami Bricker

November 12, 2019

Through her School of World Studies education, 2010 graduate Jami Bricker (née Eaton) gained linguistic sophistication and cross-cultural communication skills that have been vital to her success in graduate school and her career since with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

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Jamshid Bakhtiari

October 3, 2019

The School of World Studies not only taught 2013 graduate Jamshid Bakhtiari how to “be diplomatic” and “communicate with large, diverse groups” but also “brought a social justice awareness to [his] career.” 

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Brenna Geraghty

June 3, 2019

Brenna Geraghty came to VCU already set on majoring in Anthropology. While she was a student here, Geraghty found her ideal career path through both coursework and experiential learning opportunities, most notably internships with the Virtual Curation Lab and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Now the museum manager of Chippokes Plantation State Park, Geraghty describes work as her “happy place.”

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Kelsey Steenburgh

August 6, 2019

2010 graduate Kelsey Steenburgh still thinks daily of her study abroad experience in Austria over a decade ago. A German major who minored in International Studies, Steenburgh feels her time abroad set her on a “trajectory to work with students and serve as a mentor.” Now employed by VCU’s da Vincii Center, she has crafted a career in higher ed which allows her to “impact students” and use the communication skills she learned at SWS.

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Cameron Michaely Noël

July 1, 2019

2012 graduate Cameron Noël’s time at the School of World Studies and studying abroad have proven instrumental to his professional and personal lives. Now a program assistant with USAID’s Power Africa partnership, he previously worked with the UN’s World Food Programme. Noël credits his School of World Studies education with giving him “a solid foundation for a global career” further cemented by his study abroad and internship experiences while here.

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DaNika Neblett Robinson

June 3, 2019

Although DaNika Neblett Robinson was already professionally established when she entered the School of World Studies, her education here has enhanced the perspective and focus she brings to her current role as the Chief Financial Officer of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science. She returned to campus last month as our alumni commencement speaker.

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Liz Ale

May 1, 2019

2015 graduate Liz Ale recently landed in the headlines due to her work as a Collections and Repatriation Consultant for the FBI. Through that position, she participated in her first repatriation ceremony in which illegally obtained artifacts were returned to China. Ale is currently completing her Masters in Museum Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis after obtaining her degree in Anthropology with a minor in Italian from VCU.

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Angelica Gehlich

April 15, 2019

Angelica Gehlich has always been interested in conflict resolution and helping put an end to gender-based violence. A 2013 graduate who double-majored in International Studies and Anthropology with a Religious Studies minor, Gehlich has spent the past few years mentoring young people in communities in Richmond and abroad. She begins VCU’s Master of Social Work program this fall.

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Sarah Khaddage

February 20, 2019

2012 graduate Sarah Khaddage has successfully merged her love of French and life sciences into her academic and professional goals. Now a VCU PharmD candidate, Khaddage credits much of her success to the language skills and study abroad experience she gained through the School of World Studies.

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Simone Biasuzzi

February 20, 2019

Global education has been a huge part of School of World Studies alumna Simone Biasuzzi’s life. Not only did studying abroad form an “impressionable experience” for her as an undergraduate, but it has come to shape her professional career ever since.

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Ariel McGuire

February 5, 2019

In her Winter 2018 commencement speech, School of World Studies alumna Ariel McGuire joked that she didn’t pick Religious Studies, it picked her! Her decision was inspired by an elective class that made her feel she was “learning the heart of the world.”

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