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Former students of the Department of International Studies are encouraged to stay in touch and invited to join the INTL alumni list serv.

This private email list shares with its members news, events, job opportunities and more, that are relevant to our graduates and former students. If you are interested in joining, please send an email request to

Please continue to check back for posts about our alumni comings and goings, accomplishments and past events!

IS Alumni Update: Lexi Stickel


INTL MA Program alum Lexi Stickel’s work is featured regarding her work with Marion-Polk Food Share, which serves the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde through RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments).

Lexi’s current work takes classroom learning about food studies directly into communities.

Lexi graduated from the INTL MA Program in Spring 2013.

IS Alumni Update: Gwen Cummings

Gwen graduated from the IS department in 2015.

“I am the Events Assistant at InsideNGO, a member association that helps international relief and development organizations be more effective at achieving their missions, by providing opportunities to learn, collaborate, innovate, and advocate. My specific position allows me to work with development sector professionals around the world, travel both internationally and domestically, and interact daily with over 300 international NGOs. It’s a great position for a young professional in the field and has exposed me to so many awesome organizations. Visit to learn more!”


Washington DC Alumni Event October 2015

On Halloween 2015, Prof. Anita Weiss joined up with several IS Alumni in Washington D.C. for a delightful brunch in a private dining room at Poste Moderne Brasserie. Several “generations” of IS alumni were present and some brought along their partners and children to join in the fun. After catching up and hearing what our former students are doing, professionally, in D.C. and the surrounding area, a wonderful time was had by all.


IS Alumni Update: Miriam Fisher

Miriam graduated from the IS department in 2012.

Now, she is working for an organization called Operation Groundswell, which is a non-profit that promotes ethical travel. Miriam will be running the Middle East program, but OG runs programs all over the world that  are  right up the alley of lots of INTL undergrads and alumni. This could be a great way to complete the INTL international experience requirement, or just a fun thing to do this summer!

Please feel free to forward this information to INTL undergraduates and alumni. Miriam is available for any questions about OG or specific programs at


 This summer, Operation Groundswell is sending hundreds of students across the globe for six week programs that will change their perspective on the developing world. You will have a unique opportunity to truly immerse yourself in new customs and cultures with the help of our incredible program leaders, who have organized meaningful community service projects, meetings with innovative local NGOs, and one crazy adventure.

We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world.

 Apply by February 12 to guarantee a spot on your first choice program!

Check out our map of where we go.

   *All students are eligible for our bursary fund. Click the link above for more information.

Our six week programs each have a different focus and are open in the following countries and regions:

* West Africa – education and global health

* East Africa – youth empowerment and development

* Middle East – human rights

* Southeast Asia – ecotourism and youth empowerment

* India – education and women’s rights

* Guatemala – fair trade justice and peace & conflict

* Peru – health & wellness and environment

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financially accessible travel experiences that blend responsible volunteering, education, personal development and adventure.

IS Alumni Update: Liz Sampson

Hello friends, family and teachers!

I hope this message finds you all enjoying the new year.

I am reaching out to you because you supported my efforts while in the Peace Corps or because I thought you might be interested to hear about updates from a project me and three classmates started that has blossomed into a true organization supporting women in my former Peace Corps town.
As some of you know, myself and three classmates from my graduate studies at the George Washington University made a “commitment to action” that earned us participation at the Clinton Global Initiative University in March of 2012. Back then, we committed “to develop a sustainable funding scheme for a maternal wellness home in Nicaragua which is the only center in a community of 30,000 people that supports women in their last stages of pregnancy”.
After learning about ways to turn our commitment into real work at the conference, I went do to Quilali to visit Nishant Kishore, the all-star Peace Corps volunteer who continued to implement programs in my town after I left. We brainstormed about what we could do to help the maternity home become financially independent and talked about next steps. 
Nishant’s hard work and true dedication to the idea that was sparked over late night coffees in Washington DC has finally become more than dreams about bettering the community. And the model he has set up will ensure that should you choose to pitch in, your support will not be a one-off donation but will help the maternity home continue to support the most vulnerable women in an isolated, rugged community.
As I said, I am reaching out to you because you have supported me in the past. If donating to grassroots, bottom-up development is part of your New Year’s resolution, I ask you to read the message from Nishant here and consider this home grown initiative to support women during their pregnancy and birth.
Liz Sampson
IS Class of 2008


IS PDX Alumni Reception-Our 1st West Coast event!

On November 9th, 2013, the Department of International Studies hosted its first West Coast Alumni Reception at the White Stag Building in Portland. International appetizers were provided by Vibrant Table catering and for two hours, roughly 30 IS alumni currently located in the Pacific Northwest region visited, mingled and networked with current faculty and fellow program graduates who now have successful careers.

PDX Alumni Reception

PDX Alumni Reception

PDX Alumni Reception

IS Alumni Update-

“I graduated in 2012 from the Department of International Studies (focusing on Latin America and Environmental Issues) and just put that degree to good use.  I spent a month doing some freelance radio production down in Venezuela.  I had a piece featured and broadcast by Public Radio International’s The World.  It’s a co-production of PRI and the BBC.  Here’s a link to the piece:

I can confidently say I would not have been able to put this piece together without my education from the U of O.” -Simon Adler, B.A. 2012