From April 24-27, 2018, APSIA’s International Admissions and Operations Manager Enrique Sondakh traveled throughout Cleveland, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan, meeting with students, advisors, APSIA Member Schools, and faculty to build a pipeline into the field of international affairs.
While visiting the Greater Cleveland area, Enrique’s first information session was with current high school students at St. Ignatius High School. There, students gained insights on possible international career paths, how to fund study abroad opportunities, and had their questions answered about concerns they had when entering college. Before leaving Cleveland, he also met with the Baldwin Wallace University, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, and Esperanza Inc. to speak about continued partnerships, as well as brainstorm ways to better increase interest for international affairs careers among youth. We are excited to continue to partner and share information with organizations and schools in the Greater Cleveland area who assist multicultural students’ growth in higher education.
In Michigan, Enrique visited Dexter High School and Saline High School to speak with their with AP Government Seniors and Model UN participants about their desired careers. With students having an array of interested career paths from the armed forces to coastal environmental science. Enrique then gave examples of how the field of international affairs is interdisciplinary citing the APSIA international Career Guide while accessing the sector and subject area guide.
Finally, Enrique visited APSIA member University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy where he met with current faculty and staff to learn how APSIA can better assist current graduate students. Enrique also toured the International Policy Center as well as the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies which are both housed in the Gerald R. Ford building as well.
Overall, ”the meetings and presentations were not only fruitful but rewarding,” Enrique said mentioning how students and advisors approached him afterward to express their appreciation. Grateful for the opportunity to speak with such a diverse group of students and organizations, APSIA looks forward to growing its network of partners, inspiring future generations of students to seek out the field, and serve as a resource for students, faculty, and partners.
This trip was made possible through the 2018 APSIA Diversity Forum series.