Eleni Beyene is a rising junior at Augsburg College studying Chemistry and International Relations. As an international student from Ethiopia, Eleni wants to be able to gain the knowledge, skills, resources and experience to effectively contribute to the growth and stability of her home country. She was an Orientation Leader at the end of her first year and served as the 2013-2014 Vice-President for the International Student Organization at Augsburg. She co-founded the Coalition for Global Activism and Change and currently serves as their Event Planner. Eleni has come to value global education after seeing how much she has grown at Augsburg. She is eager to gain a deeper understanding of when and why peaceful resolutions have been successful or the contrary throughout history. She is further interested in researching how science and peace have influenced one another in their development.
When she is not occupied with school work, Eleni loves to listen to spoken word poetry, go to cultural shows and read inspiring and motivating articles. She believes that everyone has an obligation to serve the world in some way and feels committed to do her part as a global citizen.
Eric Herst is a rising Senior at Augustana College – South Dakota majoring in American Government/ International Affairs. Eric has extensive international studies experience, having studied in Cuba, India, England, and recently completed a semester in Brussels, Belgium. Eric has a passion for
assisting refugees and has served as a volunteer intern at an International Institute whose mission is to assist refugees / immigrants transition to life in the United States, with Eric tutoring refugees on the US Citizenship Exam as well as teaching English. Eric plans to serve in the Peace Corps after graduation, followed by professional activities focused on assisting refugees achieve their goal of realizing better living conditions and more stable lives.
Brad St. Aubin is a rising senior and psychology major at Augsburg College with minors in religion and sociology. On campus, Brad is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment to all of Augsburg’s population through roles
Imsouchivy Suos (G.V.), an international student originally from Cambodia, is a rising senior at Luther College, working toward an economics and business management double major; he also participates in the international management studies program. G.V. graduated from three different high schools, one of them being LPC UWC of Hong Kong, one of fourteen global United World Colleges. G.V. has extensive international experience as he has traveled, studied, volunteered, and worked in more than thirty-seven countries in the past five years. G.V. has a deep interest in international affairs, especially human rights issues, and specifically in human trafficking. Since 2009, G.V. has volunteered as a summer volunteer program coordinator and an interpreter at Somaly Mam Foundation and AFESIP to fight against human slavery and rehabilitate survivors through art therapy in Cambodia. At Luther, He also serves as a leader in multiple student organizations such as PAIGAAM and AYNAH chapter to promote peace and empower communities around the world through cooperative development. During his sophomore year, G.V. completed a study abroad program in Malta where he volunteered as an English teacher at Red Cross refugee camp. G.V. is known as an avid international street/travel photographer who has held variety of exhibitions and publications in various media.
After years of exposure to different cultures, G.V. has developed a deep understanding about international issues and is looking forward to returning to serve his community, his country and the world as a global citizen.
Anna Jeide is currently a sophomore at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She studies English, Spanish and Religion, but considers herself a student of many disciplines. She believes the best way to understand the complexity of today’s world is to listen to people’s stories, examine how each person crafts their own narrative and decipher how different beliefs guide their worldview. Her passion for storytelling and communication extends beyond the classroom and into her other activities at Luther. Anna writes weekly for Chips, the Luther College student-run newspaper. She enjoys work that takes her to a different corner of campus each week and is excited by the opportunity to learn something new and meet new people. She is one of many students who volunteer weekly, through Luther’s Spanish service club, teaching ESL courses to immigrants. Her work with ESL students has motivated her to become more involved in advocating for compassionate immigration reform. In her free time Anna can usually be found roaming the bluffs in Decorah with friends, or planted on the lawn with a good book with coffee in hand. She doesn’t know where the future will take her, but she does have plans to study abroad in Ecuador during her junior year.
Amy Delo is a rising senior at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington majoring in Political Science and Global Studies with an emphasis in International Responses to Violence and Conflict. A native of Seattle, Amy enjoys spending time outdoors, attending lectures on campus, laughing at the minutiae of everyday life, and catching up with friends at local cafés.
Amy is passionate about studying where nationalism, globalization, and conflict intersect and is thankful for the opportunity to do so as a 2014 Peace Scholar. She will continue this line of inquiry next fall by spending a semester in Windhoek, Namibia with a program on globalization and nation building in post-colonial southern Africa. As she embarks on her journey to Norway with the Peace Scholars to learn about peace building efforts, Amy is keeping the words of PLU alumnus and NPPF 2014 keynote speaker Bill Foege in mind, “Tenacity won’t always work, but it is the only thing that does work”. In order to study and build peace, you’ve got to be persistent.
Nathan Detweiler is a rising junior at St. Olaf College in Northfield MN. He is majoring in French, Political Science and Philosophy and has aspirations of having a social life too. While born in Liberia to American parents, Nathan grew up in Benin and attended high school in South Africa. His cross-cultural experiences have instilled in him a passion for bringing diverse peoples together. As such, Nathan plans on working in some capacity in the field of human rights or in some project of conflict resolution.
In his spare time Nathan enjoys talking to people about anything and ideally everything, reading, challenging himself to do new things and enjoying nature. His favorite book is the Brothers Karamazov and favorite film is What the Day owes the Night. He anticipates a summer defined by its moments of fun but punctuated by being challenged by what it takes to be a peacekeeper.
Andrew Larsen is from Helena, Montana and will be a senior at Pacific Lutheran University inTacoma, WA. He is majoring in Anthropology and Religion with a political science minor. Andrew has spent a semester studying away in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo studying peace and conflict studies. He enjoys exploring the nature and hiking through the mountains and is always looking for another adventure. At PLU he enjoys exploring the Puget Sound area, trying out new foods, attending soccer games, and spending time with family and friends. Andrew looks forward to the opportunity this summer and looks forward to bringing back what he learned to his university and friends.
Aimée Fisher, Augustana College
Aimée is a native of Montgomery, MN and a senior at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, majoring in Art and All-Grades Education. Aimée serves as the Director of Communications for the Augustana Student Association, works as a student ambassador in Augustana’s admission office, and is a member of Augustana’s chapter of Better Together. She also enjoys volunteering and working with students in the Sioux Falls School District. She has particular interest in the Israeli and Palestinian conflict and the relationship between justice and faith in conflict resolution. In addition to her academic interests, Aimée is passionate about coffee, good books, great food, music, traveling, running, biking, and all things Art.
After graduation, Aimée plans to teach abroad and return to obtain a master’s in Education. She hopes to establish a teaching career working with youth labeled at risk. Through art, she hopes to build community and spark dialogue concerning peace, justice, and faith. Aimée is honored and excited to travel and study as a Peace Scholar in Oslo this summer! (Scholarship funding by: Augustana College)
Katie Lovrien is a rising senior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she studies social work and Latin American studies. She studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in Spring Semester 2014 as part of Augsburg College’s Social Work in a Latin American Context program and is excited to now have the opportunity to study peace-building in Norway. Katie loves taking action on issues of social justice and human rights and serves both as a leader in her campus chapter of Amnesty International and as Amnesty International’s Student Activist Coordinator for the state of Minnesota. Katie is also especially interested in the issue of access to quality education for all students. She is involved in a college access program called Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes and also enjoys volunteering with other St. Olaf students at evening adult ESL classes. After graduating, Katie hopes to work as a public school social worker.
Aseel Abuassba is a senior at St. Olaf College studying Political Science with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. Being an international student from Palestine, Aseel has developed a strong interest in international development, peace/conflict studies and international law. Aseel is an active member in St. Olaf campus by serving as the president of the Edward Said honor house (focused on the Middle East) and Oles for Justice in Palestine. Aseel loves traveling and has attended two years of high school in Norway and has traveled to other countries such as Thailand and France. In her free time, Aseel enjoys drawing, reading and visiting art museums. Aseel is very excited for the opportunity to be in Norway again and to meet students who share similar interests in peacemaking. After college, Aseel hopes to get a degree in international development and work in Palestine.