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District 6220 Exec. Asst.

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Nicole Ostrand, Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Previous studies, degree, experience:

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.; BS in Psychology; Certificate in Criminal Justice 
  • Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand; MA in Human Rights
  • NGO in India volunteer providing vocational training for women
  • People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights organization, India, volunteer
  • India- teaching English to Tibetan refugees
  • Uganda, Tanzania, and Thailand volunteer for a local organization promoting women’s health by
    • providing health care services and information on women’s health issues; teacher of primary school 
    • helping visually impaired children learn to write; coordinator of project that promoted the rights of
    • an impoverished and stateless refugee population in Southeast Asia.

GGS Rotary Area of Focus:  Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution

  • Place of Study:  University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Studies & Degree: Doctorate in Migration Studies
  • Host Club: Rotary Club Shoreham & Southwick, Brighton, United Kingdom

October 2017 Update: (Note, Nicole is still in the process of completing her Ph.D. studies at the U. of Sussex.) 

Over the last year I have largely conducted and organized my own research, which included doing interviews, researching government documents and making freedom of information requests. This will certainly help me in my future career goals (working at a migration/human rights-based N.G.O. or research institute) because it helped improve my skills in dealing with different people (i.e. doing interviews), organizing and structuring research projects and working independently - situations which I will find myself in at an N.G.O /research institute. I also attended a conference to present a co-authored paper. This was my first co-authored work and it taught be about collaborating with others. Attending the conference also helps me improve my network in the migration field. 

When I am finished I still plan to work for a migration/human rights-based N.G.O or research institute with the goal of improving the living condition for vulnerable migrants and refugees.