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Women Who Empower: Estela Rojo

This story is part of Notre Dame International's series titled "Women Who Empower." Don’t expect Estela Rojo to sit still, even through retirement.…
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Hugo Flores: A panoramic view of the world

Hugo Flores, originally from Mexico, is receiving a Master of Global Affairs from the Keough School of Global Affairs. He shares his story as part of the International Student Reflection series from the class of 2021. I came to Notre Dame to learn more about society in all its dimensions....
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Zahara Kagalwalla: I will remember

Zahara Kagalwalla, originally from Mumbai, India, is majoring in business analytics with a supplementary major in gender studies. She shares her story as part of the International Student Reflection series from the class of 2021. I remember watching my parent’s car disappear into the distance after they settled me into the...
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Undergrad Administers Coronavirus Vaccines at Campus Clinics

Lucia Chang administers the first coronavirus shot to a fellow ND student at a vaccine clinic in April. Yu-Tzu Lucia Chang, a junior from Taiwan, is a trained emergency medical technician—a certification that came in useful during spring semester 2021. When Notre Dame scheduled its vaccination clinics for students, Chang...
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A Passion for Development

Acompañar. The Spanish word for “accompaniment” has come to define International Scholar Emily Meara 21’s involvement with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. In the United States, “accompaniment” typically refers to a musical arrangement. But in Spanish, it’s more often used to mean working closely with or helping someone.…
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First Chilean Fulbright Studies Home Country's 'New Normal'

Chile – once among the most prosperous and stable countries in Latin America – is at an inflection point. In October 2019, protests over a hike in public transit fares turned violent and escalated into mass demonstrations about deeper social and economic problems within the country: stagnant wages, the rising...
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Women Who Empower: Beth Kellenberg Klein ‘10

This story is part of Notre Dame International's series titled "Women Who Empower."   Though she loved her time at Notre Dame, Beth Kellenberg Klein, then Neiman (‘10), remembers feeling a little stifled on campus. She was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She attended college with some of...
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Puebla alumni series: Megan Finneran ‘13

Megan Finneran is a 2013 Notre Dame graduate who majored in pre-professional studies and Spanish. She received her masters in global health from Notre Dame. Finneran is currently in her third year of a neurosurgery residency at BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington, IL. She reflects on her time abroad in...
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Study Abroad offers the next best thing during pandemic

Walter Osterberger and Stella Cho participated in the virtual Global Professional Experience during the Winter Session. The pandemic may have immobilized Notre Dame’s study abroad programs for three semesters, but it couldn’t keep juniors…
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Notre Dame International features stories of women who empower

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Notre Dame International is launching a series of stories of women who empower and inspire. Meet leaders from Notre Dame’s global network who are advancing the University’s mission to be a force for good in the world.…
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Putting Dignity into Practice

How can international development groups promote human dignity in their work – and why should they try? A new volume from the Kellogg Institute Book Series on Democracy and Development examines the meaning of “human dignity” – a term that encompasses human flourishing beyond the elimination of poverty – and asks...
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A Semester, Interrupted: International Student Stories

As the pandemic first exploded in the United States in early spring, international students had to make a tough call: Should they find a way to stay on campus or return to their home countries to wait for the situation to resolve itself? The crisis intensified in many locations across...
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Puebla alumni series: Jesse Hernandez ‘11

Hernandez is pictured in Puebla at a local hospital during his time abroad. Jesse Hernandez is a 2011 Notre Dame graduate and majored in Arts & Letters pre-professional studies and psychology. Hernandez writes about his time in Puebla and how it led to a career in medicine.…
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Beauty in the aging hands of strife: A reflection on “Every Street”

Andrews in Vienna during fall break 2019 Joe Andrews studied in London during fall 2019, and he spent fall break visiting some of Europe's capital cities. Like most students, he was struck by the beauty and history he encountered on his trip, but he also noticed the poverty and deprivation that often...
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Puebla alumni series: Mike Spencer '05

Spencer is pictured with his wife & kids at Clifty Falls State Park, Madison, IN – July 2020 Mike Spencer is a 2005 graduate from Notre Dame, majoring in mathematics. Currently, he works as a senior marketing specialist in pricing for Cummins Inc, an engine and generator manufacturer based in...
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Embracing Notre Dame’s spirit: An interview with Huili Chen ’16

A native of Guizhou, China, Huili Chen is a 2016 Notre Dame graduate who is currently a Ph.D. candidate at MIT. Chen was a Li Ka Shing Foundation Scholar and received a full scholarship from Notre Dame’s Greater China Scholars (GCS) Program. Recently, Chen was interviewed by fellow GCS Xinqi...
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Pedro Navarro: Finding home in Sorocaba and Knott Hall

  Pedro Navarro, originally from Sorocaba, Brazil, is majoring in chemical engineering. He shares his story as part of the International Student Reflection series from the class of 2020. When I think about the fact that I am graduating from Notre Dame, it is still hard to believe. I can...
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Nasir Azim Ilyas: Golden mornings and purple sunsets

Nasir Azim Ilyas, originally from Lahore, Pakistan, is receiving his MBA from the Mendoza College of Business. He also serves as an international ambassador for Notre Dame International. He shares his story as part of the International Student Reflection series from the class of 2020.…
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Yiran (Erin) Shang: Dear freshman Erin

Yiran (Erin) Shang, originally from Beijing, China, is a double major in finance and applied mathematics from the Mendoza College of Business. She’s also part of the Greater China Scholars Program…
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Margarita Marie Diego: "I’ll never forget Notre Dame"

Margarita Marie Diego, originally from Manila, Philippines, is an economics major with a minor in education, schooling, and society. She shares her story as part of the International Student Reflection series from the class of 2020. I'll never forget reading the email from the International Student and Scholar Affairs office...