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Former INTL Student Worker, DaHyun Kim Works with Young Defectors from North Korea

originally published as Duck Grad Rises Above Adversity to Help Others Do the Same on “Around the O” on July 30, 2018 by Chakris Kussalanant, University Communications

On a sunny summer day in Seoul, DaHyun Kim is going over paperwork and preparing for her only clients of the day — a group of young defectors from North Korea.

The recent UO grad will be their guide, bringing them to the United States, and training them for three months to assimilate into a new life. The process is part of her work with nonprofit Liberty in North Korea, an organization that helps refugees


Kaitlyn Elias, M.A. 2018

Kaitlyn Elias (M.A. 2018) has officially settled into her new position with Mercy Corps as Assistant Program Officer (APO) with the CASA region (Caucasus, Central and South Asia). She spent her first two months as an APO for the Americas region.

Kaitlyn is now part of a team that supports programming in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Georgia, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. She works with the regional program team to liaise between headquarters and the field, support grant administration, as well as support the development of new opportunities for the region.

Kaitlyn writes, “The desk team is an


Duck Gifts for Pakistani Orphanage: Anita Weiss and UO Duck Store team up!

This winter the INTL Professor Anita Weiss worked with the UO Duck Store to bring a bounty of presents for young orphans from the streets of Peshawar Pakistan who have since found home in the ZamungKor Orphanage for boys.

After being invited by a friend, Imtiaz, who volunteers at the ZamungKor Orphanage, Professor Weiss inquired what she should bring and her friend relayed, “just enthusiasm and an open heart.” However, Weiss still wanted to bring a few gifts for the young boys, so she reached out the Duck Store to see if she could get sketchpads and pencils at cost. About a week