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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Current Students

Irina Karic

Humanitarian Assistance Student Irina KaricIrina Karić is a second year graduate student completing an MA in international human rights and pursuing a Humanitarian Assistance Certificate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Growing up in besieged Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Irina gained first-hand knowledge of the importance of accessing and continuing education in times of conflict. Understanding that education has a potential to either contribute to the dynamics of fragility or to help foster national reconciliation, has furthered Irina's interests in the field of education and transitional justice.

Since she resettled in the US, Irina has worked with a number of NGOs. In Denver, she interned at the Colorado African Organization, where she worked as a community liaison between Denver and Aurora Public Schools and local refugee populations.

In 2012, Irina went to Bhutan, where she was involved in conducting participatory action research with the focus on the decolonization of the national educational curriculum. Irina collected and analyzed data and also trained lecturers in innovative teaching practices and qualitative research methods.

Most recently, Irina interned at the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York, where she researched different pedagogies and teaching methods that can increase the participation of children and youth in the process of transitional justice.
Irina hopes to apply her academic knowledge and burgeoning research experience in the field of education in both emergency and transitional, post-conflict settings.

Irina's undergraduate background is in the fields of anthropology and fine arts.