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Gabriela Benazar Acosta is a journalist from Caracas, Venezuela. She studied Mass Communication and Journalism in Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and worked her way up to Editor-in-Chief for a cultural magazine before moving to NYC to study her MA in International Affairs at The New School.  Gabriela also has experience in editorial and content management for digital channels and is writing her thesis on the invisibilization of spaces for refugees in Greece post Turkey-EU Agreement. She is also editor at large for different Spanish-speaking outlets where she writes about what she’s discovering in this trip.

Kenneth Cortez was born in Cusco, Peru. He is a diplomatically-inclined polyglot. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law earned at La Universidad Andina del Cusco in 2012. After graduation from law school he spent some years as a musician and Portuguese teacher. Kenneth is currently enrolled in the Master’s program in International Affairs at The New School in New York City. He is also in charge of the Language Exchange Program at International House in Manhattan, and is recipient of the Davis Peace and Diplomacy Grant, which is awarded to students in NYC who have a demonstrated interest in peace building and/or a diplomatic career path.  

Mikael Erwin is a MA candidate in Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School in New York City. His concentration and research interest in the program is conflict and security. He received his BA in Philosophy from California State University, San Bernardino. Mikael is originally from the Southern California area. 

Kaitlyn Lynes has long loved to travel, preferring to be on the move rather than staying in one place for too long. Her interest in international conflict and security stemmed from her father's Air Force career and prior research she conducted on militarized interstate disputes and civil war peace processes. Kaitlyn's current research focuses on European security, specifically small arms and light weapons (SALW) disarmament policies in Southeastern and Eastern Europe. Kaitlyn will receive her MA in International Affairs from The New School in December 2016 and plans to obtain her PhD next. She holds a BA with honors in International Politics and German Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

Katie Masi was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has been living in New York City since graduating Trinity College, where she majored in Human Rights. After graduation, Katie worked at Human Rights Watch in the Development Department, Afya Foundation, and Women One. At the New School, Katie studies International Affairs, with a concentration on Governance and Rights. In her studies, she focuses on women's rights, children's rights, and human trafficking. 

Kimberly Mimbs grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia and moved to New York to for her graduate studies at The New School. She is studying International Affairs with a concentration in Governance and Rights. She is especially interested in women’s rights, education, state relations, and humanitarian intervention. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at the US Embassy in Bucharest, Romania and at the British Consulate-General in Atlanta. She holds a BA in English from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Before coming to the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, Nick Speer was technician in the US Air Force, and was deployed to the Middle East.  Nick's current studies focus on governance and rights; his undergraduate studies in history led to an interest in political economy and geopolitics. During the 2016 IFP, Nick will be interning with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kosovo. There he will contribute to a capacity building program meant to help the Kosovo government combat illicit arms smuggling.

Originally from San Francisco, Alex Wynn grew up in the world of professional dance from which a passion and curiosity for global arts and culture grew. After completing her B.A. in Sociology, Alex traveled and worked in Oceania and South East Asia. She then returned to the U.S. to work with the International Rescue Committee's Women's Protection and Empowerment Team, where she supported programs in 25 countries. This included field work in Thailand, Myanmar and Jordan, as part of the response to the Syria Crisis. As a Masters student at The New School, she continues to focus her study on refugees and migration as well as the use of storytelling and film as a mechanism for the promotion and protection of human rights.  

Chu Yang received her bachelor degree of Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Before starting her study at The New School, She had been a journalist in China for three years. During her work in China, She worked as editor-in-chief of Cenci Journalism Project, an independent media project covering marginalized groups in China, which was censored by the government in 2014. However, her passion for empowering the marginalized hasn’t stop.

Everita Silina completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Her research interests include theories of justice, representation and democracy in post-national context, political economy and theories of integration, the European Union and the politics of Europeanization, human rights and international law. Her research has focused on theories of justice and social contract, especially, models of democratic legitimacy, and the new governance mechanisms in the European Union. At the core of this research is a concern with the apparent incommensurability between the notions of justice crafted in a context of nation states and the increasing integration of financial and economic spheres at regional and global levels. Currently she is working on a project with Sheri P. Rosenberg at the Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law that reassesses the concept of genocide by combining international law, human rights and political spheres of inquiry. She has co-authored a study called Genocide by Attrition, an excerpt of which has been published as a chapter in Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja edited volume Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives (Routledge 2013). Everita chaired the International Field Program in Hong Kong for many years and currently chairs the IFP in the Balkans.