SGD Students Receive Global Excellence Awards

12/18/2014 - 09:03

Two SGD students have received Global Excellence Awards from The Center for English as a Second Language and the Office of Global Initiatives of the University of Arizona. The Global Excellence Awards are intended for those individuals who have distinguished themselves locally, regionally or nationally. 

The students include current Master's in Development Practice student Ian Philabaum and former SGD undergrad Chelsea Halstead (BA, Geography, 2012). Congratulations to them both!

Learn more about each of them below.

Ian's interest in development solidified during his undergraduate studies, and he participated in study abroad programs in Guatemala and Southern Mexico, learning and volunteering with several sustainable community based initiatives. Since receiving his bachelor's, Ian spent over 2 years working for a women’s empowerment and economic development non-profit in Oakland, CA. His graduate studies refocus on international development, influenced by his native Tucson community, and emphasize border issues. Ian is active in the local music scene and loves outdoor adventuring.

Chelsea is a founding team member and program specialist at the Colobrí Center for Human Rights in Tucson. She coordinates communication with the families of migrants who go missing trying to cross the Sonoran desert. She takes descriptions of missing loved ones and correlates that information with forensic databases. She also works with national and international forensic teams, supervises the UA Honors College interns who work with Colibrí, and gives numerous public presentations on Colibrí's work throughout Arizona and the southwest.

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