Sandra Amongin is in her first year of study in the International Development stream of the MA International Studies program. Sandra is from Uganda where she obtained a BSc in Forestry with a Major in Community Forestry at Makerere University. Thereafter she worked with a not-for-profit organisation which promoted sustainable environmental management alongside sustainable community livelihood enhancement strategies. Sandra is undertaking research that focuses on highlighting the role of climate change in the food security agenda in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda. She is passionate about sustainable development that promotes integration of communities, the inclusion of vulnerable groups, gender considerations, and environmental management.
Ebunoluwa Elizabeth Adefowokan is a candidate of MA International Studies-Regional Relations’ from Nigeria. She is passionate about peacekeeping and peacebuilding in pre and post-conflict communities. She holds both a Diploma and B.A degree in History and International Studies from the Ekiti State University of Nigeria. Her current research work is focused on examining the United Nations’ incorporation of gender-based strategies and programmes in the reintegration of internally displaced persons in post-conflict North-east Nigeria and beyond. She is also a recipient of the Spring 2018 UNBC Research Project Award. Ebunoluwa Adefowokan loves to sing, cook, and meet people.
Jenny Lind is a student in the Development stream of the International Studies MA program. She grew up in Prince George and completed her BA in Community Development at Daystar University, Kenya. Her academic interests are entered around the participatory development, sustainability and women. After completing her BA she spent a year in London before pursuing her MA at UNBC. She is currently working on her MA thesis about community-based women’s organizations in Northern British Columbia.
Kate Van Dam
Hi! I am Kate Van Dam, and am currently starting my second year as a graduate student in International Studies, in the Global Environmental Policy stream at UNBC. I received my BA in International Development at Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. Originally hailing from Ontario, I love the contrast of landscape to that of BC, and have fell in love with the West-- particularly the culture and lifestyle of Northern BC! For much of my employment I’ve worked with children and youth in a variety of contexts. After finishing my BA I worked at a leadership centre near Algonquin Park in Ontario, and was astonished by the rich experience and experiential learning that was facilitated there. The relationships and reflections developed between students, and the connections to place that transpired in this environment really started me on my journey to my thesis topic.
Since being at UNBC I've gotten to pursue my research interests through field schools around topics of extractive resources, communities and public participation, and youth engagement. Using a place-based approach in the context of watershed NGOs, I hope to uncover different practices used by NGOs in the Nechako and Skeena watersheds that engage youth from their communities.