Student Ambassadors are diverse, dedicated, and lively HLS students who have been selected to share their experiences with prospective students and special guests who are interested in learning more about what the school has to offer. Ambassadors are here to answer all your questions and provide you with honest feedback about the school while exemplifying what you can do with an HLS degree!
Meet our Student Ambassadors!
International Studies, Russian
Devlin Cook-Hines is a junior from Coventry, Rhode Island, double majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Diplomacy, Security, and Governance and Russian. A student of and ambassador for the Russian Flagship, she just returned home from a summer abroad in the Republic of Georgia with the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). She has also studied abroad in Québec (2015) for French language immersion through the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) and in Moscow (2016) for Russian Language and Culture through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). Devlin is a member of Hooshir A Cappella, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Slavic Honor Society, and the Hutton Honors College. In addition to working as a Student Ambassador at the Hamilton Lugar School, she works at Bloomington Bagel Co and is a TA this semester in Comparative Foreign Policy. This year she looks forward to participating in IUDM and working on her sorority’s philanthropic efforts for Special Olympics. In the future, she hopes to work overseas as a foreign service officer in an embassy, or as a civil servant in Washington D.C.
Moira Corcoran is a senior from Indianapolis, Indiana, pursuing a bachelor’s of science in International Studies, minors in Spanish and Central Eurasian Studies, and certificates from the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) and Turkish Flagship program. Moira received the David L. Boren Scholarship to study Turkish in Baku, Azerbaijan, during the 2018-19 school year with the Turkish Flagship Program. Through her courses in HLS, Moira became interested in climate policy. In 2017, she traveled to Germany, to conduct research at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference and she spent 2019 summer interning at the Private Institute for Climate Change Research in Guatemala. After graduation, Moira hopes to use her liberal arts skills, passion for languages, and interest in climate change to work on adaptation and development projects abroad.
Kiara Fite is a senior studying International Studies with minors in Business and Spanish and a certificate in Latin America and Caribbean Studies from Jakarta, Indonesia. Her concentration for her major is Culture and Politics and Latin America. On-campus she has been involved with the Orientation Team as an Orientation Leader and a Student Coordinator and is currently a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity and serves as a Resident Assistant in Wright Quadrangle. This past summer she partook in an internship in Santiago, Chile, where she worked with the sponsorship department of an NGO, called Good Neighbors Chile. After graduation, she aspires to work with international non-profit education for overlooked communities.
Megan Gearhart is a sophomore at IU pursuing a dual degree in International Studies at HLS and Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management in the School of Public Health. She intends to minor in Chinese and Religious Studies. During high school she was a Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador to Taiwan, sparking her interest in the language. Currently, she works as an assistant to the HLS Dean’s office and volunteers with various Rotary projects and groups. After graduation, Megan is considering careers in international tourism or working abroad with a multinational corporation.
International Law and Institutions, Central Eurasian Studies
Nikhil Jain is a junior from Carmel, Indiana, double majoring in International Law and Institutions and Central Eurasian Studies (concentrating on Turkish language and culture). Nikhil has interned for Fmr. US Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN), US Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), and the Hindu American Foundation, an advocacy organization dedicated to the representation of Hindus across the United States. Nikhil has recently returned from a study-abroad in Baku, Azerbaijan where he studied Turkish and Azerbaijani language. At IU, Nikhil is also a member of the HLS Global Student 7, a student advisory board for HLS Dean Lee Feinstein, a content editor for the Hoosier Flipside satirical newspaper, and the president of IU’s Taco Bell Club. After IU, Nikhil hopes to work in the field of international law and continue his academic career in law school.
International Studies, individualized major in Policy and Intelligence Analysis
Mackenzie Knight is a junior from Westfield, Indiana. She is pursuing an individualized major in Policy and Intelligence Analysis and a double major in Arabic, as well as a minor in Spanish. Mackenzie interned in London for Shephard Media, a defense intelligence company, and currently works as an assistant to former Congressman Lee Hamilton. Mackenzie serves as Assistant Director of the Union Board Lectures Committee and dedicates time to raising money for Riley Children's Hospital as a member of the Indiana University Dance Marathon Hospital Relations Committee. After graduation, Mackenzie hopes to work in the government on intelligence analysis and foreign policy.
Sean Meyer is a junior from Schererville, Indiana, majoring in International Studies and minoring in International & Comparative Education and Arts Administration, with an Honors certificate in the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP). His concentrations are Culture & Politics and the Jewish Diaspora. At IU, Sean is on the Hoosier Scholar Ambassadors and the A-Team, where he serves as a campus tour guide and Recruitment Student Intern for the 2019-20 school year. He studied abroad in Berlin, Germany in the summer of 2019. Upon graduation, he hopes to work in international business.
International Studies, French
Grace Miller is a senior from Carmel, Indiana majoring in International Studies and French and minoring in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Grace's specializations include thematic and regional concentrations in Diplomacy, Security, Governance, and the European Union. She currently serves as President of Sigma Iota Rho and recently completed a semester abroad in Freiburg, Germany. Grace was a trainee with the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and intends to pursue a career in the foreign service upon graduation.
International Studies, individualized major in Global Conflict Analysis
Olivia Owens is a Junior from Westfield, Indiana focused on studying the relationship between media platforms and their assistance in galvanizing on regional conflict and ethnonationalism. In addition, Olivia is pursuing Spanish, Turkish, and coding languages at IU. She is an active member of the Turkish Flagship and spent the summer in İstanbul increasing her language acquisition levels to advanced-mid in only two months. Along with being a student ambassador, she works as the Office of the Dean’s administrative assistant here at HLS. Olivia serves as the Director of Lectures on the Memorial Union Board, a voting member of the University Funding Board, and a regular volunteer in the greater Bloomington community. After graduation, Olivia hopes to head on to grad school to study Global Communications and eventually work on policy research regarding democratic institutions, Turkey, and/or governmental uses of media.
International Studies, French
Arielle Paré is a third-year student in the five-year BA/MA International Studies program majoring in International Studies and French with a minor in Geography. Arielle became interested in global affairs as an English-Speaking Union exchange scholar, where she spent a year studying geography and politics in Dollar, Scotland. At IU, she has completed an eight-month internship with the Office of the Bicentennial researching underrepresented women and people of color in the university's history through the Bridging the Visibility Gap project. She is also a student manager at the IU Auditorium. Arielle plans to continue learning about global infrastructure and space by pursuing a doctorate degree after graduation.
International Studies, Russian
Jon Patterson is a senior from Zionsville, Indiana double-majoring in International Studies and Russian with a minor in Intelligence Studies. Jon is a member of the Russian Flagship and a senior cadet in the IU Army ROTC program’s Bison Battalion. Jon transferred from IUPUI after his freshman year to IU after learning about the Russian language program offered at HLS. Jon also volunteers with Bridges: Children, Languages, World, a program that works to teach children critical languages as stated by the US State Department in order to develop future students and citizens with necessary foreign language skills. Jon completed a two month Russian intensive in Latvia the summer of 2019 and is looking forward to his Flagship Capstone year to Kazakhstan in 2020.
International Studies, Chinese Language & Culture with the Chinese Flagship program
Marria Peduto is a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana double majoring in International Studies and Chinese Language & Culture with the Chinese Flagship program, minoring in Southeast Asian Studies and Business, with a Global Service and Peace Corps Prep certificate. Marria studied abroad in Chengdu, China with the U.S. State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) and now serves as the Midwest Alumni Ambassador for the program. On-campus, she is a Hutton Honors College Ambassador, GS7 member, Co-Director of Programing for the Luminaries program, Secretariat member of Model United Nations, and works as an assistant in the office of Hamilton Lugar School’s Dean, Lee Feinstein. After graduation, Marria hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in gastronomic sciences and global affairs in order to impact the world using gastro-diplomacy to foster cross-cultural communication.
International Studies, Central Eurasian Studies
Ian Riley is a senior from Richmond, Indiana pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Central Eurasian Studies with a minor in International Studies. Ian was a recipient of the David L. Boren Scholarship to study Turkish in Baku, Azerbaijan, during the 2018-19 school year with the Turkish Flagship Program. He was a United States Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP) participant and has been able to serve at the Department of State both domestically and abroad. After graduation, Ian hopes to translate his passion for all things Turco-Persianate into a career of service, whether in the public sector or in academia.
International Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Britt Rogers is a sophomore from Beijing, China double-majoring in International Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures with concentrations in Diplomacy, Security and Governance and Chinese. Britt is a member and ambassador of the Chinese Flagship Program, through which she gave presentations to various schools around Bloomington about Chinese New Year traditions. Additionally, Britt is in her second year as the Program Assistant at the East Asian Studies Center where she works to set up colloquiums, forums, and conferences with other universities. After graduation, Britt hopes to work in foreign diplomacy, specifically for the United States State Department and to work overseas at a U.S. embassy in China.
International Studies, Political Science
Kaity Radde is a sophomore from South Bend, Indiana majoring in International Studies and Political Science with minors in Spanish and Philosophy. On-campus, she is also involved in the Cox Research Scholars Program and Model United Nations. After graduation, she plans to pursue a law degree, and she hopes to work in a capacity that will allow her to help people in her community and around the world become more politically efficacious.
International Law and Institutions
Ramatou Soumare is a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana majoring in International Law and Institutions and double minoring in Business and Communication and Public Advocacy. In June 2019, Ramatou delivered a speech introducing Congressman Lee Hamilton at a Foreign Policy event for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. At IU Ramatou is a Social Programming chair for the NAACP IU chapter, the community outreach chair for the Muslim Student Association and a member of that Black Student Union. As a Pre-Law student and a Hamilton Lugar International Law major, Ramatou hopes to pursue a law degree and work in Immigration and Foreign Policy after graduation.
East Asian Languages and Cultures, International Studies
Evan Wright is a sophomore from Greenwood, Indiana double majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures and International Studies with a focus on Japan and a concentration in Diplomacy, Security, and Governance. Evan is a student ambassador for the organizations Report the World at IU and 21st Century Japan Politics and Society Initiative. Outside of IU, Evan runs the Reischauer Ambassadors Initiative to promote Stanford University’s Program on Cross-cultural and International Education secondary education e-learning programs - of which he is an alumnus - and writes articles on language access as a freelance content writer for the translation and interpretation company LUNA Language Services.