Welcome to the International Institute Alumni & Current Student Directory!

With this directory, we hope to promote a strong sense of community among all International Institute IDP students, both present and past, which extends beyond the boundaries of our campus, and beyond the period spent attaining the degree at UCLA. By sharing what you accomplished at UCLA, and what you do (or plan to do) after obtaining your degree, you help us get to that goal!

If you have any questions or comments about the International Institute Alumni & Current Student Directory, please email us at alumni@international.ucla.edu


Profile Spotlights

  • Nebila Abdulmelik

    MA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Use the degree and exposure as a starting point for further learning and understanding of the most pressing issues. Understand the differences between theory and practice. Be open. Travel. Question and challenge.

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    Nicole Abeckett

    BA '03

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Be a citizen of the world. It is greatly rewarding. Get out and live in another country that challenges your comfort level. Your perspective on human relations will become greatly enriched. Most importantly - learn another language!!!

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  • John Arboleda

    BA '96

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: I would encourage students to become truly global. One is not born global but becomes global, and it is vital that we understand the world in which we live in. And, to do so requires that we...

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    Natalya Berenshteyn

    BA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Focus less on classroom learning and more on learning out in the real world. Study abroad. Intern. Use college as a platform to explore interesting hands-on opportunities.

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  • Rafael Cardona

    BA '96

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Travel as much as possible and take yourself out of your comfort zone as often as you can. These practices will enable you to understand the world better and give you fresh perspectives about where humanity has...

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    Aerin Cho

    BA '08

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: As broad as the field of international development is, there are so many opportunities and you will never be bored in it (if not overwhelmed with amount of information). What I found helpful for myself is...

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  • Cecily Couture

    BA '06

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take all the classes you can! Don't just do the bare minimum to graduate. There is such a wealth of knowledge there that you can draw on in your future endeavors! Go to office hours when...

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    Drew Dushkes

    BA '11

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Do as much as you can in the little time that you have at UCLA, because it is your experiences and not your degree that will determine the person you become.

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  • Karla Galdamez

    MA '03

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: I'm so happy that I chose to attend UCLA and study Latin American studies. The degree provided me with opportunities to examine the world from a broad range of perspectives. Because of the degree I feel...

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    Alejandro Garcia

    BA '11

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Go to office hours! Letters of recommendation will are crucial for future applications so build relationships with your professors early! Study abroad and consider double majoring.

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  • Gayle Gienger

    BA '03

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Spend some time abroad! It is an incredible, eye-opening, soul-searching experience. Go at least for a semester, a year if you can. Consider going to a smaller city - it's easier to integrate into the local...

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    Zachary Jarvinen

    BA '06

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Get out there and DO STUFF. Bring things to completion, whether in your own hood, or internationally. You can come back to your friends and family (no ones getting married that quick in the 21st century),...

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  • Kristin Kalla

    MA '92

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Find a supportive mentor, take risks, travel and volunteer, be a positive role model, stay humble and motivate others.

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    Kalani Matthew-James Wonyou Kim

    BA '11, MA '14

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Use your time wisely and don't let the opportunities that present themselves to you to slip through your fingers. Be proud of your accomplishments that have made you a Bruin and always be an excellent representative...

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  • Nancy Knowles

    BA '90

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Get a degree in a field you like and are good at. The type of bachelor's degree doesn't matter too much to most employers and graduate schools. Many like the breadth of a degree in one...

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    Tanya Lara

    BA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Definitely study abroad - even if it's just for a summer term. There is nothing better for the development of your language skills and cultural awareness than being immersed into your country/region of study.

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  • J. Eric Lomeli

    BA '00, MA '02

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: First, dedicate yourself into learning a wide perspective, then narrow down your focus to become an expert.

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    Emily Marsh

    BA '09

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: An international degree is one of the most well-rounded and relevant degrees you can earn today. The Global Studies major, in particular, examines the every day trends and movements of today's world with a strong ties...

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  • Angela Mc Duffie

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Never think that you will be limited to what you learn in school. Remember that what you may think is useless now will become helpful one day and make a huge impression on someone. UCLA is...

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    Laurel McAndrews

    BA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take advantage of ALL UCLA resources while you are there. Take as many classes as you can and be sure to utilize the UCLA Career Center BEFORE you graduate. It costs money to use it afterwards!

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  • Ray Minjares

    BA '02

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Definitely do a semester or year abroad through EAP. This changed my life. Take classes that interest you, and think outside the box. Don't get buried in books. Go have fun.

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    Caley Moffatt

    BA '14

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Travel, expand your worldview, and examine different cultures. The Global Studies Travel Study program in Paris was one of the most memorable parts of my time at UCLA. Also, writing a senior thesis was by far...

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  • Conor Moore

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Go to office hours! Meet your professors and develop those professional connections that you will need whether you decide to pursue graduate studies or jump straight into the workforce. Spend time with your peers and colleagues...

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    Ben Moore

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Pursue some of the more unique niches within UCLA's expansive course offerings; follow your heart and give your all. Take chances and enter every experience with a positive attitude. Don't forget to have a sense of...

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  • Gael Murphy

    MA '82

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Apply a human rights framework to what you choose to do and where you choose to do it!

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    Jennifer Patton

    BA '11

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in travel study programs and other study abroad opportunities. Also explore the wonderful language programs at UCLA, which offer many courses that cross over with the Global Studies major....

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  • Jessica Salgado

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Develop strong study habits; go to office hours; develop relationships with Professors and Teaching Assistants, and fellow classmates; be the first to say, "hello!"; challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone; expose yourself to...

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    Joanna Sherif

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Spend a significant amount of time abroad. Become proficient in at least one other language. Don't let yourself be discouraged by challenging situations/environments. Embrace flexibility and the present moment.

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  • Grace Tang

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Sometimes the IDS major can be a bit overwhelming in terms of where to focus and build skills upon. Katharine Brooks' "You Majored in What?" is a great career guide to help solve this predicament. Definitely...

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    Belen Vicens

    MA '08

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: It is important to expose oneself to the widest range of opinions on a given issue. Keep yourself informed of what's going on in the world from different news sources (especially foreign such as l'Avui, Le...

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Alumni and Current Student Profiles


  • Agazit Abate

    BA '07, MA '09

    After UCLA: When I finish my studies at UCLA, I plan to return to and live in...

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  • Mustafa Abdul-Hamid

    BA '10

    While at UCLA: Study Abroad: Morocco, International Studies Abroad, Moulay Ismail University, Summer 2009. Extracurriculars: Mayor's Office of...

    After UCLA: Masters of International Policy Studies Candidate (2015) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies...

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  • Nebila Abdulmelik

    MA '07

    While at UCLA: Co-chair, African Activist Association Co-founder, TASFA (Taking A Stand For Africa).

    Awards: Arabic Language Scholarship...

    After UCLA: Currently Associate Advocacy Officer-FEMNET (African Women's Development & Communication Network), Nairobi, Kenya

    Voluntary Assistant-World Food...

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  • Nicole Abeckett

    BA '03

    While at UCLA: Study Abroad: Beishida (Beijing Normal University), China, Semester at Sea.

    Extracurriculars: Los Angeles Export Terminal at...

    After UCLA: I currently serve as the Senior Director of International Trade for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio...

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  • Nadine Abi-Chahine

    BA '05

    After UCLA: Currently employed as an HR Consultant/Corporate Recruiter.

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