The School of Public and International Affairs’ Student Ambassador Program is under the oversight of the School’s Office of External Affairs. Ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the Dean of the School to both enhance the internal undergraduate experience, as well as bolster the School’s reputation with external constituencies, such as alumni, donors, and citizens of the local community.


 

Ayah Abdelwahab
Major: International Affairs and Economics
Minor: Arabic
Certificate: GIS

Ayah Abdelwahab is interested in pursuing a career in policy analysis and research. As an international affairs and economics double major, she has gained a strong interest in analyzing how economic policies around the globe impact respect for human rights. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and hopefully work for an NGO or government agency. To pursue this goal, she is involved with various organizations on campus. Along with being a SPIA Ambassador, Ayah is serving as senior staff for the Spencer Frye Fellowship, co-president of Amnesty International, and on the executive board of SPIASU. She also conducts research with the GLOBIS Human Rights Lab and is an honors teaching assistant. Ultimately, she is excited to be returning as an ambassador for SPIA this year and looks forward to connecting and sharing her love for SPIA with students, alumni, and visitors.

 

Mennah Abdelwahab
Major: International Affairs and Journalism

After graduation, Mennah Abdelwahab would like to pursue a joint J.D. Ph.D. program with a focus on human rights and international law. She currently conducts research in human rights with Dr. Clay and that has motivated her to make human rights a central part of her academic career. She also serves as an Honors Teaching Assistant, and that has motivated her to integrate teaching into her career. When Mennah came into college, she knew she wanted an education that would help her formulate a career geared towards helping others. Of course, a dedication to service is viable in any field. SPIA made the most sense because it combined her desire to serve with her interest in politics. Her classes have allowed her to understand the various structures that exist in the international framework and how they benefit and harm various communities. She hopes to use this understanding to assist those communities which are often forgotten on a global scale. Throughout her time in SPIA, she has seen how dedicated professors are to helping their students excel, both academically and professionally. UGA can feel like such a large school sometimes, but SPIA makes this large campus feel so much smaller. As a SPIA ambassador, she hopes to share her experiences in SPIA with other UGA students, prospective students, and all of UGA’s wonderful visitors.

 

Aliza Ali
Major: Political Science and Psychology

Growing up, Aliza Ali was always involved in the community, whether that be through school, Girl Scouts, or jamatkhana. While she unsure of where her education will lead, she does know that she is very passionate about public service and plans to attain a Master’s in Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia. During her time at UGA, she has been granted the opportunity to work with many unique organizations, such as the Resident Housing Association, Involvement Ambassadors, and SPIA mentorship program, along with working at the School of Social Work. SPIA is such a unique college where classes, students, and professors work together to create an environment that allows students to thrive. Aliza hopes with her time as an SPIA ambassador she can highlight all the incredible opportunities SPIA provides.

 

Urooj Ali
Major: International Affairs and Women’s Studies
Minor: Religion

After she finishes her undergraduate degree, Urooj Ali hopes to attend law school and work in humanitarian law. She would eventually like to enter the world of public politics or advocate human rights domestically and internationally. She strongly believes that all people should have the ability to be represented in the public forum. To achieve that, Urooj is pursuing a degree in International Affairs and Women’s Studies to further inform her knowledge of power structures and the intersections of race, class, and gender. This is her second year as a part of the SPIA ambassadors program, but she is also on the Women’s Studies Student Organization’s leadership team alongside being the Vice President of Finance for Refugee Outreach at UGA.

 

Sarah Allen
Major: Political Science and International Affairs
Minor: General Business

After graduation, Sarah Allen plans on attending graduate school to get Masters of Public Administration. Studying both International Affairs and Political Science has allowed her to learn about a wide range of issues which has greatly expanded her world view, but that has also given her a wide variety of potential careers. She plans on pursuing a career in either university administration or attending law school to pursue a career in the judicial system. Through SPIA’s GLOBIS program, Sarah had the opportunity to study abroad in Scotland the summer after my freshman year. As a SPIA Ambassador I hope to share all of the wonderful opportunities that the school has to offer, including study abroad programs, internships, certificate programs, and amazing professors with UGA students. In addition to being a SPIA Ambassador, she also serves as the President of the Residence Hall Association and the Treasurer of the SPIA Student Union.

 

Lauren Anders
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Global Health
Certificates: Global Studies and Personal and Organizational Leadership

Lauren Anders has been involved throughout campus, in addition to her activities at SPIA, including Ambassador and presenting research at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium. As a member of the Honors Program, she has been a Honors Teaching Assistant for several semesters. She is involved in Greek Life, and has served as a Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor for 2 years. Additionally, she will be serving as the Director of Recruitment for Order of Omega Honor Society for Greek Life. She is looking forward to her senior year at UGA. Her time in college has truly been the best. She loves everything about her International Affairs degree, and SPIA. This college has given her the best professors, friends, and classmates. She is so excited to represent it for a second year. Go Dawgs!

 

Jacob Andrade
Major: Political Science
Minor: Sociology

Being a first generation American, Jacob Andrade has many goals that he wants to accomplish in life. After he graduates from the University of Georgia, he hopes to attend law school where he will practice immigration or criminal law. Law has always been a passion for him as he has always wanted to be the person to help those in need and bring justice to them. While Jacob hopes to become a lawyer in the future, his ultimate goal is to become an ambassador for the United States as he would love the world and hope to travel to every country someday. The thing he loves the most about the University of Georgia is how diverse the school is and how it is so easy to get involved. Being a SPIA ambassador, he is excited to get involved in the program and meet great and amazing people within the UGA community. its’ students

 

Nicole Belongia
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Public Health and Biology

Nicole Belongia is a senior International Affairs major. This is her second year as a SPIA Ambassador, and third year at UGA (first year was at KSU). She is also pursuing Public Health and Biology minors at the moment. Nicole can be found on campus going to class, attending various clubs, and vibing at any of the coffee shops.

 

Caylin Bennett
Major: Political Science and Criminal Justice
Minor: Public Policy and Management
Certificate: Applied Politics

Caylin Bennett is originally from Baton Rouge, LA, but has lived in Georgia for most of her life. Being a student at the University of Georgia has granted her with numerous opportunities. On campus, she is an RA in Brumby Hall, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and she serves on the executive board for the Thomas Lay After School Program. Caylin currently studies Political Science and Criminal Justice. She has always had in interest in helping others, particularly those who are marginalized in society. After graduation, she plans to attend law school to become a Civil Rights Attorney to mitigate the effects of marginalization.

 

Zoe Booth
Major: International Affairs and Economics

Zoe Booth is a third year International Affairs and Economics major! involved with WIT tutoring, SPIA ambassadors, and her sorority on campus. She is interested in pursuing a career in government relations after graduation, particularly as a lobbyist where she would have a direct impact on legislation about important issues.

 

 

Stephanie Cannon
Major: International Affairs and Arabic
Minor: Russian
Certificate: Global Studies

In addition to being a SPIA Ambassador, Stephanie Cannon is the President of the leadership fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa and a member of the Honors Program Student Council. UGA has given her the opportunity to pursue her love of music during her undergraduate years through playing the baritone in the Redcoat Band and through being a sister and Vice President of Membership of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international women’s music fraternity. One of the friends Stephanie met through SPIA introduced her to Paper Airplanes, a tutoring organization for Syrian refugees. She has served in several roles with this organization, including Tutor, Tutor Coordinator, and Conversation and Reading Groups Coordinator. After graduation, she hopes to attend the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies or to work as an English Teaching Assistant through Fulbright.

 

Elizabeth Carter
Major: International Affairs
Graduate Degree: Master of International Policy

Elizabeth Carter is interested in public-private partnerships as a means for achieving US international development goals. After graduation, she intends to work with a private sector partner or implementing agency partner of the US government to advise partnership creation and project management. SPIA offered the advantages of a small school that focuses directly on political affairs within a larger university. This meant the opportunity for close relationships with the faculty and discussion-based classes. The Double-Dawg program and its faculty within SPIA are phenomenal and make her grateful for the chance to earn two degrees from SPIA. She has been fortunate to participate in many of the opportunities afforded to SPIA students, like the SPIA Student Union and internship credit option, and to benefit from meeting many professionals who are a part of the SPIA network. The SPIA Ambassadors program gives her the chance to help connect other SPIA students to these same fantastic opportunities.

 

Roshni Chagan
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Spanish and English
Certificate: Global Studies

After graduating from UGA, Roshni Chagan plans to continue her studies in a graduate program. Within this program, she wants to center her studies around International Law and Middle Eastern and South Asian politics. During her time in the graduate program, she hopes to dive deeper into how citizenship is enumerated in certain countries and how this can impact security issues such as food and human security. Ultimately, after finishing her education, Roshni wants to work in the non-profit sector and work to directly empower those affected by these issues. She chose SPIA because it offered the best pathway to achieve her goals. Her time in SPIA has not only afforded her the opportunity to refine her goals and interests, but has given her the opportunity to begin the pursuit of these goals in an academic setting. She has participated in student organizations such as Model United Nations and Refugee Outreach, pursued multiple internships that are relevant to her interests, and done research with multiple faculty members while also working on her own.

 

Annabelle Cochran
Major: International Affairs
Minors: Studio Art and Horticulture

After graduating from UGA, Annabelle Cochran plans to attend law school to study human rights and immigration law where she intends to focus a career on refugee rights and food security. She hopes to attend a university in Washington, D.C where she will be afforded opportunities to work with non-governmental organizations to promote sustainability in refugee flows. Eventually, following the end of her educational career, Annabelle has ambitions to work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or practice refugee law. Coming to the University of Georgia, she felt drawn to SPIA not only because of the diversity in its student body and classes but also because of the wide array of research interests and opportunities the school provides to its students. In her time at UGA, she has had the chance to capitalize on these experiences through both research in international security and through extra-curricular activities such as Model United Nations, Refugee Outreach, and UGA’s Student Government Association. These organizations, along with course-work and the dedication of her professors, have created an environment that promotes a social network of like-minded individuals committed to both their studies and global betterment, which she believes is largely unique to SPIA. This is an environment that she is looking to further build upon as a SPIA ambassador to create a welcoming and inclusive standard for all students.

 

Adriana Dale
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Cognitive Science

Adriana Dale is involved in many unique areas of UGA student life. First and foremost, she works towards her goal of commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army through her status as a UGA Army ROTC cadet. She has found a special sense of community in UGA HEROs, and serves as an executive board member, specifically as the Child Relations Chair. Her interest in Cognitive Science led to her position as an undergraduate research assistant in the Psychology Department’s Personality Laboratory. Her experience as a member of the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program Fall 2019 Cohort solidified her interest in security, and is currently acting upon this academic interest through a Double Dawgs Pathway to receive a Masters in International Policy.

 

Alex Donnelly
Major: International Affairs and Psychology
Minor: Criminal Justice Studies

Alex Donnelly is a rising senior at UGA studying international affairs and psychology with hopes of becoming a Criminal Defense Attorney. In her time at UGA, she served as an Event Coordinator for UGA CHAARG, as well as a committee member for UGA Miracle.

 

 

Alana Entinger
Major: International Affairs

Alana Entinger is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in International Affairs. Spring 2020 was her first semester at UGA, and she joined the SPIA Student Union, and before classes got moved online, she was planning on being a mentor for INSPIRE’s Day as a Dawg. She is also a member of the Honors Program. She hopes to get even more involved on campus once in-person classes resume.

 

 

Emily Feyerabend
Major: Political Science
Minor: Spanish

Emily Feyerabend is a transfer student who got involved with SPIA just this past year. She loves SPIA because it offers such an abundant range of classes and resources. It also allows her to explore different career options and widen her knowledge of government and the world. Emily plans on getting a J.D. at UGA post-undergrad and entering the field of constitutional law. She would love to work first as an attorney in the appellate court system and eventually achieve her dream of being a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals. She hopes to use her skills in the Spanish language to better approach and tackle legal issues.

 

Kaitlyn Franklin
Major: Political Science and Economics
Minor: Environmental Law

Kaitlyn Franklin is a third-year studying political science and economics with a concentration in public policy and a minor in environmental law. At UGA, she has been involved with the Student Government Association as Legislative Committee Coordinator. She is also a member of multiple organizations such as UGA Young Democrats, Women in Economics, and the Economics Society. After she graduates, she hopes to pursue either a J.D. to work in environmental law or a M.A./Ph.D. in Economics to work in public policy.

 

Paola Garcia
Major: International Affairs and Political Science

Paola Garcia was born in Georgia and lived in Alpharetta, GA. When she was 9 years old she and her family moved to her parent’s native country, Mexico. We moved to the city of Santiago de Queretaro and Mexico became her home. The summer before her senior year of high school her parents decided it was best if she moved back to Georgia. Mexico was where her family and friends were, so it took her some time to adapt to the change, but she found a new home in UGA. Paola knew UGA had the tools and professors that would lead her to the path she needed. As she started exploring different classes, she realized that she was lured into discussions that were related to international and political issues. After she reviewed the academic plan and started taking classes based on it, she knew choosing a SPIA degree was the best fit. She found an interest in International Affairs and Political Science. As she started getting involved with different organizations on campus, she found major interest in mentorship programs aimed for Latino students, like LISTo and CLASE. Since both of her majors are part of SPIA, she decided to get involved in organizations related to it as well, such as the SPIA Student Union. Coming to UGA and getting involved in SPIA has brought Paola various opportunities that have helped her shape her academic and professional path.

 

Samantha Gastelum
Major: International Affairs
Graduate degree: Master of International Policy

Samantha Gastelum is interested in pursuing a career in international law and policy particularly in the area of securities studies. For this reason, she would like to go to law school and study international law once she completes the Masters in International Policy. She has always loved history and travel and by the time she arrived at UGA she knew that she wanted to be an International Affairs Major. SPIA offers so many wonderful programs that have enabled her to expand her experiences and education, such as the Summer at Oxford Program where she was able to study International Conflict and obtain credit for her internship this last summer as a legislative intern for Representative Adam Schiff (Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence). Samantha wanted to join the ambassador program to help other people on campus feel connected to SPIA and all the wonderful opportunities the school offers.

 

Trinity Gates
Major: International Affairs

Trinity Gates is involved in several campus organizations including University Judiciary, Young Democrats @ UGA, and Roosevelt @ UGA. She is an out-of-state student and chose to come to UGA because of the amazing SPIA department in efforts to pursue a degree in International Affairs. In her free time and through education, she enjoys exploring international policy and politics, especially topics about human rights, intelligence, and human security. Without a doubt, Trinity believes that SPIA’s faculty and resources set UGA apart from other schools. This, along with other factors, makes her especially passionate to serve as a SPIA Ambassador and represent a truly exceptional school. In the future, she hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in International Policy and a career in intelligence and security.

 

Emily Gayle
Major: International Affairs

As an out-of-state student from South Carolina, Emily Gayle has had a unique experience at the University of Georgia and in the School of Public and International Affairs. When she was a freshman, she harped on the opportunity to get involved in SPIA because it offered so many paths of opportunity in my education, career, and networks. She has been able to expand her studies and interests in terrorist threat typology, topics in international law, and the dynamics between actors on the world stage. Though she does not consider herself to be a partisan individual, she has been engaged in discussions of domestic and international policy issues that have positively shaped her thoughts and opinions. In addition, SPIA-related organizations, such as the SPIA Student Union, have provided her with platforms in which she has made lifelong friends and built connections with SPIA staff and professors. Emily has had the honor of participating on the executive board for the SPIA Student Union and in UGA’s renowned Washington Semester Program. From these various forms of involvement, she has been able to dedicate herself and give back to the students and school. Due to her engagement and studies in SPIA, she has been allotted several amazing internship opportunities at the local and national levels of government and in the private sector to expand her professional network. Moving forward, she hopes to extend her personal and professional horizons through the SPIA Ambassador Program.

 

Nicole Goshorn
Major: Political Science and International Affairs

Nicole Goshorn is involved in Young Democrats and SPIA Student Union. Her future career goals are to serve the U.S. government in some capacity. Ideally, she would like to run for office one day–specifically senate. Additionally, she plans on going to law school. Nicole chose SPIA because from a young age she has known she wanted to make an impact on other people’s lives. Doing her college search in high school, she found that the programs SPIA offered would provide the right tools to do such a thing. With everything SPIA has done for her, from studying abroad at Oxford University freshman year to being a part of the first class of the SPIA Emerging Leaders Internship program, she wanted to give back to the school. As a SPIA Ambassador, she wants to not only promote the school and all of its opportunities to students, but to promote to the world all that SPIA has to offer.

 

Hannah Green
Major: Political Science, Philosophy, and Criminal Justice

Hannah Green is originally from Dalton, GA. On campus, she is involved in Greek life. She is a member of the sorority Alpha Gamma Delta, where she serves on the philanthropy committee. Additionally, she serves on Freshman Greek Leaders executive board within the Greek Life Office.

 

 

 

Mckenzie Griffin
Major: Political Science
Minor: Sociology

I haven’t quite decided pon my career goals yet, but as of right now I am planning on going to law school to become a criminal law attorney. I have always had such a passion for politics so political science seemed like the only major for me. I think since SPIA is a smaller college at the University of Georgia it often gets lost in the mix. I wanted to join the Ambassador program to help connect the SPIA students to resources they need in the way other larger schools on campus do. Fun fact: I am double-jointed in half of my fingers!

 

Alexa Hernandez
Major: International Affairs and Political Science
Certificate: Public Affairs Professional Certificate

Alexa Hernandez is a third-year student studying International Affairs and Political Science here at UGA. She is currently involved with several organizations on campus, such as the UGA Model United Nations team, Young Democrats of UGA, Georgia Museum of Art Student Association, and a Fellow in the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program. Additionally, she works at the Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL) at the Main Library! This is her second year as a SPIA Ambassador, and she can’t wait to represent UGA and SPIA again.

 

Christina Hitchcock
Major: Political Science & Communications Studies

Being a SPIA Ambassador, Christina Hitchcock is very proud to be a part of such a specific yet broad school at UGA. Following a pre-law path, her two majors blend together so perfectly that every class feels practical and useful for her future. She is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law fraternity, where she has been able to meet others going through the same experiences as well as network with some of the best law schools. Christina is also a member of UGA Habitat for Humanity where she is reminded how important it is to give back to the community.

 

Jena Jibreen
Major: International Affairs and Psychology

Jena Jibreen chose to pursue a SPIA degree largely because of its unrestricting nature—from the start, SPIA ensured a variety of options. After undergrad, she hopes to attend law school and eventually practice human rights law on an international scale, with a focus on tackling human rights violations in regard to gender and educational inequalities. In the meanwhile, during her time at UGA, she has been involved in organizations such as UGAVotes, Public and Service Outreach, and IMPACT; she also has had the opportunity to tutor incarcerated peoples through Athens Prison Tutorial as well as serve as an Honors Teaching Assistant for incoming freshmen. Jena feels very lucky to have the support of SPIA and wonderful professors throughout her time at UGA, and she hopes to give back as much as she can through her position as a SPIA ambassador.

 

Alexa Kaemmerling
Major: Political Science and Public Relations
Certificate: Public Affairs Communications

Alexa Kaemmerling is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a junior at the University of Georgia pursuing a double major in Political Science and Public Relations. She is also obtaining a certificate in Public Affairs Communications. At the University of Georgia, her love for politics has continued to grow. She is involved in the sorority, Kappa Delta, and serves on the academic excellence board. She chose SPIA because of the unique opportunities the school has to offer, as well as the meaningful networks SPIA has provided. She hopes to pursue a career in Washington D.C. and combine her passion for helping others with her love for political science. She is honored with the opportunity to give back to SPIA; a school which has provided her with many important tools. She hopes to welcome incoming students into the school and help them discovers their passions.

 

Grace Kaldor
Major: International Affairs and Spanish

Grace Kaldor is a rising senior at UGA. She has loved being a SPIA ambassador and staying involved with SPIA with their mentor program. Additionally, Grade is also an ambassador for Rock the Vote- a non- profit using relational organization to mobilize young voters. She is also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

 

 

 

Namrata Kella
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Spanish and Chinese

At her time at UGA, Namrata Kella has been fortunate to be able to study a wide variety of topics while she navigates the multitude of careers she could pursue with a SPIA degree. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in public service or with an NGO focused on human rights, such as the United Nations Human Rights Council or Amnesty International. She is also interested in environmental policy and climate change, especially how it pertains to development in growing nations like India and China. She believes that the environmental issues that our world faces directly tie into human security by crafting policy on how to meet a populations’ basic needs in the face of a growing climate crisis. Namrata is eternally grateful to SPIA’s faculty and staff for allowing her to explore her passions and figure out her next steps. SPIA is also home to many incredible clubs which have not only shaped her character but have also taught her invaluable skills in the process. Through her involvement with the Model United Nations team and SPIA Student Union, she has learned so much about what being in SPIA means and how SPIA as a community is so welcoming. An organization like SPIA Ambassadors is so important in connecting faculty and students and letting people know all that SPIA has to offer. She is eternally thankful for what SPIA has given her, and she wants to be able to give back.

 

Avery Landt
Major: Political Science
Minor: Criminal Justice and Sociology

Avery Landt is a third year Political Science major and returning for her second year as a SPIA Ambassador. In addition to being an ambassador, she has been a SPIA mentor for the last year. After graduating, she plans to attend law school with the hopes of pursuing a career in criminal and constitutional litigation. She is passionate about making sure that all constitutional rights are upheld. Clerking for a Federal Judge is her dream position straight out of law school. After that, she sees herself working either as a Federal prosecutor or entering a private practice. Her long-term goal is to become a judge. During her time as an ambassador, she hopes to be able to show people what makes UGA and specifically SPIA such a special place!

 

Kimberly Lopez
Graduate Degree Program: Master of Public Administration

Kimberly Lopez’s future plan is to work for either a nonprofit or the state government. Her ultimate goal is to help with the criminal justice reform and immigration reform. Originally, she was majoring in a different field as a freshman then everything changed once she took Intro to Global Studies with Dr. Carmichael. Taking this class made her realize where she was best fit. As a student, she truly feels SPIA professors and instructors make students feel heard and valued. They push their students to challenge the status quo and give them the building blocks to figure out major problems. She joined SPIA Ambassadors to be able to share the amazing experience it is to be a SPIA student. This program has also taught her that if you want to be part of the change to make a better tomorrow, SPIA is the place to be. After three years into this ambassadorship program she is continuously amazed by the staff, student body, and alumni. She is honored and excited to be able to continue on with this program as a Master of Public Administration candidate.

 

Zoe Maher
Major: Political Science and Public Relations
Certificate: Public Affairs Communications certificate

During the past three years at UGA, Zoe Maher has been involved in organizations including Young Dems of UGA, PRSSA and SWAB. She has had the opportunity to volunteer on local campaigns for county commissioner openings and State House seats. She worked as an Assistant Editor at UGA’s student-run newspaper, The Red & Black, for two semesters, which allowed her to discover Athens on a more personal level and branch out into areas of the city’s culture. Zoe was the Fall 2019 Yarbrough-Grady Public Relations Fellow, as which she worked with Grady College’s communications team. The Public Affairs Professional Certificate program, which is co-sponsored by SPIA and Grady College, is an excellent example of friendly cooperation between SPIA and other colleges that allows students out of both to take advantage of all the opportunities they offer. She is a member of the 2019-2020 cohort and feels that she has learned a great deal from the wonderful professors and alumni who lend their time to the program. During the spring of 2020, she studied abroad at The University of Oxford’s Keble College with SPIA, which was an amazing experience, both academically and culturally. In addition to being a SPIA Ambassador during the 2020-2021 school year, she will be serving as a Public Relations Fellow as part of the Spencer Frye Fellowship Program. After graduating in May of 2021, she plans to take a gap year to au pair abroad. After that, she hopes to be accepted to a graduate program in Washington, D.C., where she can take classes and intern on the Hill, with the ultimate goal of working full time in a congressional communications office.

 

Lydia McCoy
Major: International Affairs & Russian
Degree Program: Master of International Policy
Certificate: Global Studies Certificate

Lydia McCoy is a fourth-year studying international affairs and Russian. She was recently admitted to the UGA Graduate School to pursue a Master of International Policy through the Double Dawgs Program. She has studied abroad twice; in the summer of 2018, she went to Russia with the Germanic Slavic Studies Department to study Russian language and culture, and in the summer of 2019, she went to Oxford to study law and international conflict. At UGA, she is primarily involved with the Russian Club and Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority. She is also intern with the Borgen Project.

 

Macey Myers
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Sociology/Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Macey Myers is pursuing an International Affairs degree that has only deepened and furthered her passions, all while providing her with tangible opportunities to truly impact the world during her college career. Her SPIA major has allowed her to participate in human rights research under Dr. Clay, travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa with GLOBIS and participate in international service learning, as well as move to Washington, DC to pursue an internship on Capitol Hill through the SPIA Experiential Learning Internship Program. Beyond SPIA, Macey is a member of Alpha Chi Omega, where she served as the Assistant Recruitment Chair during Fall 2019. She is also heavily involved in her campus ministry, the Wesley Foundation, where she has served in numerous leadership roles, such as a Small Group Leader, Discipler, and Student Fundraiser. She has also served on the Executive Board of Refugee Outreach, a campus organization that works to advocate and educate the campus about the plight of refugees worldwide and in our community. During her senior year, Macey is looking forward to working with SGA on their Legislative Staff and participating in the ambassadorship program. SPIA has best stewarded her passions and abilities more than any other major could have, and she is confident that it has best prepared her for a future in public service.

 

Lora Nedza
Major: Political Science
Graduate Degree Program: Master of Public Administration

Macey Myers is pursuing an International Affairs degree that has only deepened and furthered her passions, all while providing her with tangible opportunities to truly impact the world during her college career. Her SPIA major has allowed her to participate in human rights research under Dr. Clay, travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa with GLOBIS and participate in international service learning, as well as move to Washington, DC to pursue an internship on Capitol Hill through the SPIA Experiential Learning Internship Program. Beyond SPIA, Macey is a member of Alpha Chi Omega, where she served as the Assistant Recruitment Chair during Fall 2019. She is also heavily involved in her campus ministry, the Wesley Foundation, where she has served in numerous leadership roles, such as a Small Group Leader, Discipler, and Student Fundraiser. She has also served on the Executive Board of Refugee Outreach, a campus organization that works to advocate and educate the campus about the plight of refugees worldwide and in our community. During her senior year, Macey is looking forward to working with SGA on their Legislative Staff and participating in the ambassadorship program. SPIA has best stewarded her passions and abilities more than any other major could have, and she is confident that it has best prepared her for a future in public service.

 

Lizzie Newhart
Major: Political Science and International Affairs

Lizzie Newhart always had a passion for learning about the American political system, and she knew that a SPIA degree would further help her better understand politics. After graduation, she hopes to either go to Law School or get a masters degree in International Affairs and Political Science. Because there are so many career options with a SPIA degree, she is unsure of what career she wants to pursue. During her years at UGA, she has participated in UGA HEROs and UGA Miracle, and is a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.

 

Micah Nix
Major: Political Science and International Affairs
Certificate: Applied Politics

Micah Nix is involved in Phi Kappa Literary Society, Black Affairs Council, Young Dems of UGA, UGAVotes and InspireUGA. She has been interested in politics and government studies for as long as she can remember as she loves helping and serving others. She is interested in Civil Rights law and human rights affairs at both the federal and international level. After college, Micah plans to attend either law school or graduate school to earn a master’s in Public Policy and Administration.

 

John Oates
Major: Political Science

John Oates is an Athens native and a Junior here at UGA. He is planning to graduate May 2022. He spent his freshmen year at Valdosta State before transferring to UGA last fall. Since then he has become involved in various organizations at UGA. He is a DJ at the campus radio station WUOG 90.5fm and is involved as a research assistant in SPIA. After he graduates from UGA, he hopes to continue his Political Science education at a graduate school to research electoral methods and behaviors.

 

Anjali Patel
Major: Political Science and International Affairs

Anjali Patel is a third-year student studying Political Science and International Affairs, intended Pre-Law. On campus, she is involved with UGA ICE, the behind-the-scenes of the SPIA Mentor Program, the Arch Society, and the SPIA Ambassador Program.

 

 

 

Ivan Ruiz-Hernandez
Major: International Affairs
Graduate Degree Program: Master of International Policy
Minor: Horticulture

Ivan Ruiz-Hernandez is currently studying International Affairs, International Policy, and Horticulture. He is a Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Fellow, is involved in the Latin American Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, and is an Honors Policy Scholar who has written a white paper on agricultural market access in middle-income states for subsistence and smallholder farmers. Additionally, he is the Director-General for the Model United Nations team and plan the yearly UGAMUNC conference. Most of the academic work he has done at UGA is centered around agricultural development, forced displacement, and community resilience.

 

Rehna Sheth
Major: International Affairs
Minors: Disaster Management and Spanish

Rehna Sheth is a third-year at UGA majoring in International Affairs with minors in Disaster Management and Spanish. She is originally from Johns Creek, GA and grew up interested in global affairs and supporting underprivileged children. During her time at UGA, she has been a part of Model United Nations, the Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and she currently serves as the captain of UGA’s premiere Punjabi folk dance team Classic City Bhangra. Many of these experiences were in a huge part thanks to SPIA. After graduation, she plans to get a law degree and graduate degree or do a joint J.D.-M.A. program in international law and foreign policy. Rehna hopes to end up living in Washington D.C., eventually working for the US State Department or as a Foreign Service Officer. Her areas of focus include national security, nuclear nonproliferation, and global access to children’s education. Not only has SPIA given her a support network of friends and professors, it has given her every opportunity and more to succeed. As a SPIA Ambassador, she is excited to promote diversity and inclusion among my peers and help other students find opportunities.

 

Lindsay Shewalter
Major: Political Science
Minor: Sociology

Lindsey Shewalter is a second year from Orlando, Florida studying political science and sociology. She has dreams of being a human rights lawyer and devoting her life to public service. She is the Director of Sustainability for the UGA Student Government Association, and representing her peers is one of her greatest honors. She loves to travel, dance, speak French, write poetry, and anything that involves an artistic eye. She sees life as a beautiful chance to better our world, enjoy the day, and lift each other up. She is so excited about being a SPIA ambassador this year.

 

Rishika Singh
Major: International Affairs and Political Science

Rishika Singh is a rising sophomore from Johns Creek, Georgia. She chose SPIA because of its incredible community and faculty. With her degrees in International Affairs and Political Science, she wishes to study law in the future while maintaining an interest in politics. As a freshman at the University of Georgia, Rishika served as the Freshman Representative for the Indian Cultural Exchange and will be their Social Chair for the 2020-2021 school year. Additionally, she is a member of Impact and a sister of Sigma Sigma Rho sorority inc. The individuals she has met through these amazing organizations have been a formative part of her experience at UGA and she is very excited to help others find their home here on campus as well.

 

Jaylin Small
Major: Political Science and Economincs
Minor: Criminal Justice Studies

Jaylin Small is rising sophomore. Her first year was very interesting and helped her learn a lot about herself. She attended different interest meetings for various clubs and discovered her passion. Currently, she is involved in the general body of Black Affairs Council, Women’s Studies Organization, and general member of GLAM.

 

Katelyn Snyder
Major: Political Science and Psychology
Minor: Spanish

Katelyn Snyder chose Political Science because of its intersections with different fields, which has allowed her to explore many of her interests. SPIA has created an excellent environment for growth, as she has been able to look into various career options and issue areas. She has found through her coursework that she enjoys political psychology and added psychology as a second major. In addition to being a SPIA student and ambassador, Katelyn has two on-campus jobs: one at the LGBT resource center and one at the Stegman Coliseum. Also, she is committee member for Shop with a Bulldawg. After undergrad, she would love to go to law school and pursue a career in civil rights. It has always been her goal to create a space for people to speak their truths and feel empowered by doing so. This is also why she decided to become an ambassador- as she hopes to amplify the voices of her fellow SPIA students.

 

Lily Soto
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Environmental Law

Since interning at the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division last fall, Lily Soto has wanted to continue her interest in the law and the environment. She is planning to attend law school after graduation and pursue a future career in the human rights regime and international law. Ever since deciding to declare International Affairs as her major, SPIA has given her the most amazing network of staff, students, donors, community members, and alumni that foster a community unlike any other at UGA. SPIA has allowed Lily to take coursework in so many different areas and expand her interests and future possibilities. As an ambassador, she wants to help solidify that SPIA gets the recognition it deserves and help more incoming or current students realize the opportunities available to them through SPIA.

 

Whit Sprinkle
Major: Political Science and International Affairs
Minor: Spanish
Certificate: Global Studies

Whit Sprinkle is a rising senior at the University of Georgia. As an out-of-state student, he was initially ambivalent about attending such a large and faraway institution. However, the transition was almost seamless. As a student of the Honors program and of SPIA, Whit benefited from the small class sizes and ability to work one-on-one with professors. Despite the daunting size of Georgia, he felt the comfort of a tight-knit community like that of his graduating class of 79 in Richmond, VA. His favorite classes at UGA have included Advanced Political Simulation with Dr. Carmichael and American Foreign Policy with Dr. Gallagher. More recently, Whit had the opportunity to participate in a directed reading study with Dr. Carmichael, looking at bakery bombings during the Syrian Civil War. Additionally, he is pursuing a minor in Spanish and has participated in the Latin American Studies speaking tables to further his proficiency. After graduating, he would like to continue his education by earning a master’s degree in international affairs.

 

Valdina Tchoute
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Criminal Justice

Valdina Tchoute hopes to work as a foreign service officer and then become a foreign diplomat/ advisor and work with other countries for the United States. She wants to be a part of helping countries that do not receive a lot of aid or need more aid by being the liaison between them and the US. Valdina was an intended marketing major up until her second semester sophomore year. She found that she was not interested in business at all and could not find a passion for it in these classes. She then switched over to SPIA because she has always had a passion for learning about other cultures and countries and the ways in which their governments may or may not work to help their citizens combat poverty and how it could be improved. SPIA gives Valdina the perfect opportunity to do so. SPIA offers many wonderful courses and professors who are not only experts in foreign policy and government, but care so much about their students’ growth and success in. SPIA also offers a plethora of opportunities and internships to work for local schools, companies and even the local government. As a SPIA ambassador, she wants to help other students who might feel lost in their major find a home in SPIA and know that we are here to help them become successful and guide them in directions they never knew were possible. Additionally, she is on the executive board of the African Student Union, which helps bring awareness of African culture to campus, as well as a mentor for the Black Educational Support Team.

 

Cecilia Vu
Major: International Affairs
Graduate Degree Program: Master of Public Administration
Certificate: Leadership in Student Affairs

Cecilia Vu is a third-year student with a passion for student affairs and higher education administration. She has been involved in SGA Campaigns, Residence Hall Association, and other organizations off campus. You can find her in MLC, Bubble Cafe, or in Candler Hall.

 

Gerena Walker
Graduate Degree Program: Master of Public Administration
Certificate: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Prior to SPIA, Gerena Walker attended James Madison College within Michigan State University receiving a BA in Social Relations & Policy, Political Economy. Her undergraduate degree fueled her passion and advocacy frame of thought, but she knew she needed more development of practical skills, thus is why she chose a MPA with SPIA. For 2020-2021, aside from being a SPIA Ambassador, Gerena will be a second-year candidate in the program. Additionally, she will be the Vice President of Graduate Student Association, and a Graduate Resident with University Housing. As an Ambassador, Gerena hopes to bridge the gap between undergrad and graduate systems within SPIA, to overall increase the inclusion of graduate students. Post-graduation, Gerena plans to continue her education for a doctoral degree.

 

Rebecca Wilson
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Public Policy and Management & Criminal Justice
Certificate: Global Studies

Rebecca Wilson is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying International Affairs from Watkinsville, Georgia. During her college career, she has had the pleasure of serving Hillel at UGA, Dawgs for Israel, HEROs, Sigma Delta Tau, and the Guide Dog Foundation. She is excited to give back to SPIA as an ambassador. After earning her AB in International Affairs and a Masters of International Policy, Rebecca aims to work as an analyst in a government agency that would fulfill her interests relating to national security, Middle Eastern Politics, environmental policy, and the psychology of decision making.

 

Anney Woodard
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Spanish
Certificate: Legal Studies

Anney Woodard plans to attend law school or graduate school after her undergraduate time at UGA. She is interested in international security and intelligence. She hopes to use her language skills, along with her unique coursework from SPIA, to develop a future in the field. As an out-of-state student, SPIA has given her a community that encourages her passions and makes her feel welcome to the University.