Tiffany (Cantrell) Cantrell-Warren
- Class of 2006
- IDP Major(s): International Development Studies Major
- Class of 2016
- Additional Master's Degree(s): MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 2016
While At UCLA
I took two quarters off to do my own language study in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, where I also interned for ASTRA, an anti sex trafficking NGO. During that internship I was able to attend conferences in Europe and the Balkans around human trafficking. I did not organize this through UCLA.
I was also highly involved in the UCLA chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, and involved in the Polaris Project.
I am a public health professional with 10 years' experience working in non-profit healthcare institutions and local health departments. I work with multiple stakeholders in the community to identify areas of greatest need, build on community assets, design new healthcare programs, and find funding to bring those programs to fruition. I am a very contextual thinker, a collaborator, and I appreciate the value of interdisciplinary teams. I credit these qualities to my undergraduate education in International Development Studies, an interdisciplinary major, which forces students to approach problems from a historical, political, geographic, and other contexts, and requires students to take classes in multiple fields of study. Seven years after receiving my undergraduate degree, I decided to continue my education at UCLA and graduated with my MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2016.
Advice for Current International Institute IDP Students
International Development Studies is a very unique major that can prepare you for multiple careers that require critical thinking, creativity, and cultural sensitivity. I took my degree to a hospital in the US (national, healthcare, nonprofits) to help fundraise for and manage community health programs. From there, I started working with interdisciplinary teams within the hospital, and even expanded our collaborations to include local government, urban planning, public health nursing, education, job creation, housing, environment, and safety, to build a team to address the social determinants of health. In 2017, I am a manager of the community health bureau at a local health department. The Affordable Care Act is all abuzz about Whole Person Care, addressing the physical health, mental health, and social determinants of health for entire communities. But decades ago International Development Studies (IDS) was already talking about that. IDS will open your mind and you will be better prepared to solve complex problems facing our changing world. Travel as much as you can while in undergrad, join clubs, and grow your personal and professional network. I highly recommend internships! Remember when you graduate that there are plenty of problems to help solve in the US and you don't necessarily have to take your degree abroad.