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Ruhun Wasata

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Ruhun Wasata, from Bangladesh is a first-year Graduate Student in IDS. She completed both of her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Development Studies from University of Dhaka in 2012 and 2013 respectively. After her graduation, she briefly worked with Save the Children International. For pursuing her long cherished dream to be in teaching profession, she then joined East West University, Bangladesh as Lecturer. 

She wants to concentrate in Social Sciences with a certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. After completion of her studies, she wants to go back and serve her country with the advanced applied training she received at Ohio University. She would like to resume her career in academia and contribute in gender related policy formulation


Katie Norman

IDS Katie Katie Norman is a first-year student from Medina, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor’s dual degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Dayton. During her undergraduate career, Katie had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and Northern Morocco. Her time abroad and her job at the International Student and Scholar Services office at the University of Dayton instilled within her a passion for working with diverse groups of people and becoming more globally-minded. 
To understand the world through a unique and interdisciplinary lens. She hopes to concentrate in the Social Sciences and Katie is pursuing her Master’s in International Development Studies because she believes the program will help her potentially earn a certificate in environmental sustainability. Katie would like to work for an NGO or Non-Profit upon completion of the program.

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Sara Hinck

Sara Hinck is from Orinda, California. She is a first-year graduate student pursuing a master degree in International Development Studies with a concentration in sports, as well as a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Sara graduated in 2011 with a BA in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. 

Prior to her enrollment at Ohio University, Sara served as a community outreach coordinator as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Moab, UT with the BEACON Afterschool Program. She also worked for Purdue University Athletic programs, USA Diving, the Golden State Warriors, and Indiana Sports Corp. Through her work experience, Sara found the unique cross-discipline approach of community development and sport. This lead to her current research interests in how we can get women in more leadership ranks in major global sports organizations.



Seth Baker

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Seth is originally from Lakewood, Ohio, the first suburb West of Cleveland. As it is a diverse immigrant community, my exposure to global friends and issues began early, especially from playing soccer (football) all my life. Seth studied at Ohio University, Bachelor’s degrees in Communication & Public Advocacy, and Sociology. He also minored in Philosophy and Spanish, and love learning and speaking other languages. He participated in an International Students Union and helped to start a breakdance club here at OU, Brick City Dance Crew. His favorite program by far though was the Global Leadership Certificate, which was a 2-year consulting program that allows him to leave the country and travel for the first time in his life. Since then, he has been to 12 countries, with a goal to travel to 30 by 30 years old. Seth love to talk about music, play soccer and volleyball, dance, write, and meet new friends.

Seth is a graduate student pursuing a MA in International Development. He has worked closely with the Center for International Studies program in his undergraduate career and cannot wait to continue his academic pursuits with them. Seth mid-term professional goals are to secure a consulting or policy advocacy position in a global NGO, with a long-term goal to work for or closely with a branch of the United Nations. His specialization is with social sciences, with a strong passion for community engagement and development, as well as social advocacy and policymaking


Maria Tenezaca Carrasco IDS Maria

I am Maria Tenezaca Carrasco from Quito, Ecuador. She is an architect and she is interested in working with refugees and in areas affected by conflicts or natural disasters. Her experience is mostly in traditional building methods in rural areas with community involvement, in the construction itself as well as in learning activities. 
For the last five years she has been involved in a health development project in southern Ecuador between Ohio University and Catholic University, where she first became interested in International Development. Maria is a first year student pursuing a master’s degree in International Development Studies with graduate certificate in Women’s Gender. As well a graduate assistant working with the International Tropical Disease Institute



Samba Bah IDS Samba

Samba Bah is from The Gambia, West Africa. He acquired a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in African History from the University of The Gambia, where also he taught Political Science. 

Samba has a vast experience in civil society, he served in different organizations in The Gambia among which is the National Youth Parliament, where he served as Speaker for a three-year term. Samba is currently studying International Development at OU with a Specialization in Social Science. He has interest in Youth Empowerment and Development. 


Eunice Nyamekye Ebuh

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Eunice is a professional journalist from Ghana. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, Journalism major, from the African University College of Communications in Accra, Ghana. While in school, she engaged in many voluntary and community life-changing activities through non- profit organizations such as “Journalists for Human Rights, of which she is a member till date. After graduation, she worked with one of the major Television stations in Ghana as broadcast journalist.

Eunice is presently a first year graduate student in International Development Studies with a concentration in health. Before joining Ohio university, she volunteered with the United Nations as Communications Officer for UNAIDS Ghana. In that capacity, she was in charge of implementing the Information, Communication and Advocacy priorities of UNAIDS Ghana and its key partners and also became a member of the Joint UN Team on AIDS, as well as a member of the United Nations Communication Group. She is “very enthusiastic about putting smiles on the faces of people and is passionate to see an AIDS-fee world”, which reflects in her writings as a broadcast journalist where she reports extensively on health, education and HIV issues and hopes to do more of such as a development advocate after school”.



Vanessa Morgan IDS Vanessa

Vanessa Morgan is a young woman who comes from Accra, Ghana. She holds a B.A in French from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Ghana. She has a Master’s in French Language and Literature from Ohio University. She is now pursuing another Master’s in International Development from Ohio University.

Vanessa has interest in education, especially education for young people, as well as the improvement of health issues that daily affect people. 



Nicole Hector 

Nicole Hector-Jackman is from the Spice Isle Grenada and is a former high school teacher, avid youth advocate and political enthusiast.

IDS Nicole She comes to the IDS program with a Caribbean perspective on development and armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Guyana. Nicole is pursuing her MA in International Development Studies with a concentration in environmental sciences. 

Nicole is interested in the interconnections that exist between the environment, society, the economy, and plans to work on increasing the level of attention given to environmental sustainability policies within the Caribbean. She is also passionate about social and political issues in developing countries and hopes to use the skills and knowledge acquired at Ohio University to further her work in those areas and to impact development policies in Grenada and the Caribbean region. 



Jack Maduka

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Born and raised in the rural-southern region of Malawi, Jack earned his bachelors’ degree at African Bible College in 2009 majoring in Biblical Studies and Communications.  Prior to Ohio University, He worked with the youth in Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) for one year and then at Landirani Trust where he also worked as education manager since 2011. Jack helped to manage a few educational projects: Early Childhood Development, Global School Partnership, Secondary and University Sponsorship, Inclusive Education and Library Resource.

Jack’s both life and work experience make him believed that pursuing International Development Studies will give a better understanding and a platform to make an impact to a larger society, not only to his home country but also Sub-Saharan region.  Jack interest is more on social sciences especially issues related to youth education and policy development.



Purnima Neupane IDS Purnima

Purnima Neupane is from Nepal. She received her undergraduate degree in Population Studies and Sociology/Anthropology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She also completed an MA in Population studies from the same university. She had conducted research studies on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of Sanitary Napkins among School Going Adolescence in Rural District of Nepal, under CARE, Nepal and USAID, and its stakeholders. Before coming to OU, she also had worked as a Research Assistant for Centre for Social Sciences Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal. 
Purnima is currently pursuing a Master’s in IDS program. She is passionately and interested in society's influence on our actions and the structure of society, as these issues are relevant to everyone in everyday life. Since her childhood, she has a certain compassion and innate desire to help others. As she is passionate about helping other, she hopes to use the knowledge acquired at Ohio University, as a way to contribute to Health and Environment sectors especially in context to rural women in developing countries.  


Second year students

Fatou Jagne IDS Fatun

Fatou Jagne is a Graduate Assistant for the International Development Studies program. She is a Gambian and received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of the Gambia in 2012. she is currently a second-year graduate student, pursuing Master in International Development Studies with a concentration in social sciences and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Gender and sexuality Studies. 

After her undergraduate, she had worked for the Gambia’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs as an Economist and a Planner for three years. During her work, she was involved with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) in implementing the Country Priority Action Plan (CPAP) 2012 – 2015 and other UN Agencies in the Gambia. She specifically supported the MDGs project, the National Action Plan for the country, and the Post 2015 Development Agenda. She also attended international conferences and training on Monitoring and Evaluation, Result-Base management, and development planning. Her works and travel experience gives her the opportunities to undertake international development studies and gender studies as a career in order to assist her country the Gambia in fighting food insecurity, poverty, inequalities, and gender issues.



Pagie Klunk IDS Paige

Paige Klunk is from Hanover, Pennsylvania. She is a 2011 graduate of Gettysburg College, where she received her BA in Music and Africana Studies. Dividing her time between living in Senegal and the United States, she is pursuing a dual master in international development studies and public administration.

Paige first became engaged in international development through working with a microfinance non-profit, Zidisha. After seeing first-hand how small loans can help finance businesses, Paige became empowered to learn more about how she can make her development work into a career. Her research interests include environmental sustainability, financial inclusion, and global health.



Jessica Arnold IDS Jessica

Jessica Arnold is from Wheelersburg, Ohio. Prior to her enrollment in the International Development Studies Program, she graduated from Ohio University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate career Jessica completed an internship with Child Family Health International in Pune, India, where she studied maternal health care. 

Jessica is currently a second year graduate assistant working with the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute through the Healthy Living Initiative, studying Chagas Disease prevention in Loja, Ecuador.  She is primarily interested in gender and international health care development, education and practice.


Frederica Jackson


Frederica Jackson is a second year student from Ghana. She received her dual undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Ghana. After graduation she worked in the modern languages department of her alma mater school as a Spanish teaching assistant.

Frederica is pursuing a dual master’s degree in International Development Studies and Spanish and tends to specialize in Gender Studies with a key focus in health issues that predominantly affect women. She is particularly interested in this field mainly since she can identify with the challenges faced by women in developing counties, especially in African and Latin American contexts and would like to contribute to the improvement of these conditions.


Anthony Cappel IDS Anthony

Anthony Cappel is from Cincinnati, Ohio pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Development Studies with a focus in the region of Latin American within the fields of economics and politics. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and a minor in Spanish from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. 

Anthony has currently enhanced his understanding of the development world with a Graduate Assistantship in the Tropical Disease Institute. He has had the honor of being a Malone Fellow and Alwaleed Fellow with trips to Oman and Qatar for research on the local economy and relations with the United States. His interest in international studies has led to research and learning in Antigua, Guatemala, Taichung, Taiwan and throughout the Middle East.



Rachel Scholten IDS Rachel

Rachel Scholten is a second year student from the United States who is pursuing the IDS Gender and Development concentration as well as the graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Rachel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in Latin American Studies in 2011, and is currently completing her IDS Capstone project remotely after moving for a job in international admissions and recruitment.

Her research will focus on how gender issues intersect with water development projects, and on inclusive program design. After graduating, Rachel plans to continue working in international admissions, and to pursue a doctorate in international education.

Mavis Nkansah IDS Mavis

Mavis Nkansah is a second year graduate student at Ohio University, currently studying International Development Studies with health concentration. Her research interests are in maternal and child health issues. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from the African University College of Communications in Ghana. Currently, she works as a Teaching Assistant in the Global Health Department at Ohio University. 

Prior to coming to Ohio University, she worked as an Executive Secretary for a financial Institution in Ghana. She has also worked as a Personal Assistant at Ghana’s Parliament House for a Member of Parliament. She looks forward to beginning a second Master’s Program in Social Work after her graduation in International Development Studies with a focus on mental health.

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Kofi Agyei Larbi

Kofi Agyei Larbi is a second-year student from Accra, Ghana. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Before coming to Ohio University, he worked in the petroleum industry.

Kofi is currently pursuing his master’s program in International Development Studies with a concentration in environmental sciences.

He is interested in themes dealing with petroleum industry and the environment. Kofi plans on attending law school following the IDS program completion at Ohio University.



Jaruga Jalloh

IDS Jaruga photo Jaruga Jalloh, who is from Sierra Leone,  received his Bachelor’s Degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. During his studies, he volunteered for the Campaign for Peace and Non-violence Sierra Leone as a Field Officer Sensitizing Sierra Leoneans on the danger of small arms, light weapons and STDs. 

Jaruga is second year pursuing master’s degree in International Development Studies focusing on health. He is also pursuing 3 Graduate Certificates: War and Peace Studies, Global Health and African Community Health.

Jaruga is planning to do another masters in Social Work at Ohio State University or University of Michigan after he completed his IDS program. He is so passionate to help poor people achieve their dreams and aspirations. 









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