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Student Ambassadors

Teresa Baranowski

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Student Ambassador Teresa BaranowskiEmail:

  • 2nd year
  • MA International Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Assistance Certificate

Originally from Albany, CA (SF Bay Area), I did my undergraduate work at Whittier College in the Los Angeles area. I received my B.A. in Political Science, with a focus in International Relations and a Spanish minor in 2010. In the fall of 2010, I had the opportunity to intern with UNHCR in New York and I fell in love with the United Nations and humanitarian work. When I couldn't stop thinking about it even a year later, I knew I wanted to go back and get my graduate degree.

My focus at the Josef Korbel School is definitely on humanitarian assistance, specifically humanitarian policy during emergencies, with an emphasis on refugees and displaced persons. Interning at Save the Children this past summer was great because it reaffirmed my focus. I have particularly enjoyed classes that emphasize the practical parts of humanitarian assistance, including Health & Humanitarian Aid and Field Operations for Humanitarian Assistance.

I came to the Josef Korbel School because I wanted to be somewhat close to California and my family, but mostly because I loved the Humanitarian Assistance certificate. The certificate allows me to get practical experience along with academic experience.