Alumni: Where Are They Now?

GRS Graduation Dinner
Our Alumni

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Lidet Alemu
Class of 2014

I graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2014, with a BA in International Areas studies with an area focus in Africa and as a History minor.  IAS is an exciting major that exposed me to different several global and local issues both in my classrooms and through my study abroad experience. After college I worked as an intern for the International Rescue Committee as a resettlement and placement intern at their Oakland office. My focus at IRC was on providing an education to help women and young refugees with their resettlement process in the United States. The scope of my work ranged from research, enrollment, and education on public assistance programs. After completing my internship I took a job as a fundraiser for a children’s charity called Children international. As a fundraiser I went to different places in the bay area to spread the mission of the charity, and fundraise for the organization. I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school to study public health, and I plan to work as a health educator both in my community and abroad in the future.

Rachel Kane
Class of 2016

I graduated from St. Mary’s in 2016 with a double major in International Area Studies with a focus on Latin America and Spanish. I loved these two majors because they allowed me to study abroad in Argentina and took two Jan Term courses abroad. After graduating, I knew I wanted to work directly with people and use my Spanish. I started interning with Catholic Charites in Concord in their immigration department. I then went on to work for East Bay Naturalization Collaborative where I organized citizenship events where we would serve up to 150 people complete their citizenship applications. I am now back working for Catholic Charities as an Immigration Counselor where I screen people for immigration benefits and then prepare the forms to send to the government. The education I received from St. Mary’s has helped my enormously. I would not have this job without the Spanish I learned and the cultural competency is also extremely important when working with people from different cultures.