In 2010, I moved to New York City to attend graduate school at Columbia University, where I received an M.A. in International Educational Development with a specialization in Latin American and Latino Education. I gained work experience through internships and consulting projects with UNESCO, UNICEF, and the International Rescue Committee, and spent a year working on new teacher evaluation systems with the NYC Department of Education. My main research and professional interests revolve around literacy development and teacher education and training—areas in which I gained foundational skills at K-State. Professionally, I am an active member of the Comparative and International Education Society, International Reading Association, and American Evaluation Association. I currently live in the Dominican Republic where I work as the Planning and Research Coordinator for an educational NGO called The DREAM Project. I am involved with grant writing and reporting, strategic planning, program evaluation and general project coordination. Each summer, our organization seeks undergraduate students to serve as summer camp volunteers; I would love to see some Leadership Studies student volunteers in the future! The Leadership Studies program’s intentional focus on preparing caring, ethical, and inclusive leaders who appreciate and celebrate diversity has enabled me to succeed living and working abroad. I’m particularly grateful for the nonprofit leadership focus. It gave me an academic background and professional experience in a world to which many are not exposed to as undergraduates!