Introducing the Fall 2018 Peace Boat US Youth Delegates

Pace University Youth Delegates

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Laken Fournier is a junior at Pace University. She is pursuing a dual B.A. in Political Science  and Peace and Justice Studies with a Photography minor. She grew up in mid-coast Maine, spending her summers out on the ocean or at the beach which sparked her passion for environmental sustainability. She intends to go to law school after completing her undergraduate studies and to hope to one day  become a judge.





Mary-Lynn Hearn is a senior at Pace University studying Political Science with a double minor in Peace and Justice Studies and Criminal Justice. Her previous experience includes work with the International Rescue Committee as an Immigration Legal Intern and Peer Mentor for the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. At school, she helped start the organization, Political Science Society and now serves as President. She is also a MUN Head Delegate for the NYC campus. In her spare time, Mary-Lynn likes to explore new areas of Manhattan and check out museum exhibits!



Messages Image(4222503084)Crystal Isidor is a junior at Pace University, double majoring in Political Science and Arts. She is originally from the Dominican Republic and has been living in New York City for five years now. Her bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration have led her to a number of volunteer opportunities, such as a volunteer program in Africa in January 2018 on Women’s Education. She is really interested in girls education around the world, as well as sustainable development. She is a very passionate and positive person with many different goals. She believes on the importance of educating people about the topics of peace, human rights and sustainable development, which is why Crystal is really excited to intern with Peace Boat, as well as eager to learn and gain more experience in the field. She thinks that the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of people is a great way to expand her viewpoints. She’s grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to collaborating with Peace Boat on these issues.

Messages Image(1517131408)Dean Tetelman is a sophomore studying at Pace University. He is currently majoring in Economics and Political Science. Besides his majors, Dean’s interests also include international law and studying political theory. Previously, Dean worked as a paralegal at Personal Injury Law Fi






Charlotte Jackson is a senior at Pace University graduating this semester, WOO! She is a Peace and Justice Studies major with  Women and Gender Studies, Digital Design, and Graphic Design minors. She is currently interning at Arts and Culture Magazine Document Journal and works at a Brooklyn coffee shop.





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Matt Thomas has experience in business and nonprofit development, social media content creation and blogging. He has interned at MSNBC and CNBC handling social media accounts, booking, TV production, script development, news gathering, and courthouse reporting. Matt is currently working as an Account Executive for Evercontact, regulation analyst for and a legislative researcher for BICRA, blockchain non-profit. Matt is finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Pace University. When Matt is not studying or at work, he enjoys going on long runs and reading any book related to history.


Lehign University Youth Delegate


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Reesha Patel is from Mount Poconos, PA and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics at Lehigh University. She aspires to work in solving and advocating for sustainable, long-term solutions for developmental causes in global communities through international organizations. As a United Nations Youth Representative for about a year, she has served as a liaison for Peace Boat to the UN through attending briefings and networking with high-level officials.


University of Michigan Youth Delegates


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Mélanie Droogleever Fortuyn is an exchange student at the University of Michigan studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is officially an undergraduate student studying Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Mélanie has had an international upbringing, having lived in the US, Germany, Russia, the UK,  and the Netherlands. Moreover, she has 4 nationalities including Dutch, Swiss, American and Canadian so travel is a fundamental part of her life. With her major, she would like to enter the field of engineering for sustainable development, therefore the UN’s sustainable development goals have a strong link to her academic background. She has previously worked on projects regarding sustainable mobility in Curitiba, Brazil and domestic biogas digesters in Bali, Indonesia.

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AJ Espinoza is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has studied Japanese for 5 years and is currently doing global psychology research on the relationship between global identity and altruism in India, and the relationship between moral values and susceptibility to misinformation in Europe and the US. He joined GSP to become further educated on international relations and on how to become more involved with bettering the global community. He is excited to bring his love of culture to Peace Boat and hopes to learn more about intercultural dialogue and its role in promoting Peace Boat’s sustainability agenda

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Nick Ferraina is a sophomore at the University of Michigan. He was born and raised in southeastern Connecticut for the first 16 years of his life. In the summer, when he was 16, he moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Nick attended Grand Valley State University, and transferred to the University of Michigan for his sophomore year. He is a Film and TV Media major, and very much looks forward to putting these skills to use for the internship. Nick loves learning about and interacting with different cultures all over the world. This leads to his fascination with international human rights. He is excited to work with Peace Boat to learn more about peace and social justice.

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Johnson Huynh is a sophomore at the University of Michigan majoring in Biology. Johnson is from Los Angeles, California and is currently interested in becoming a doctor in the medical field. Being a Vietnamese American, Johnson is both fluent in English and Vietnamese as well as being proficient in Spanish. Although he is a studying Biology, Johnson has always been interested in learning about the world through global perspectives. He is excited to be an intern for Peace Boats this academic year as he hopes to continue to learn about international relations and human rights issues. He is also excited to be a part of this experience as it will allow him to work for a non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

Messages Image(1527291407)Varsha Kumar is currently a student at the University of Michigan pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biophysics. She will be graduating in April of 2021.  She joined the global scholars program with the intention of working toward social justice around the world.  She speaks English fluently and can speak Spanish proficiently. She loves to travel and learn more about other cultures. She is also very passionate about sustainability and believes climate change is a very pressing matter.  She is eager to work with Peace Boat to learn more about promoting sustainability and working toward the 2030 Agenda established by the UN.

Messages Image(228853542)Mariam Mina is an international student studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She will be graduating in April 2020. Before transferring to the University of Michigan, Mariam spent 2 years studying Psychology at the American University of Cairo. She speaks both English and Arabic fluently and is as she grew up in Dubai. Her experiences in Egypt has made her feel strongly about promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially human rights, quality education and reducing inequalities. Through non-profit work and volunteering, she has taught English classes in primary public schools and refugee programs in Egypt. From working with Peace Boat, she hopes to gain a stronger understanding of how to advocate for SDGs efficiently and how to apply it to achieve the 2030 agenda.

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Karson Schenk is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan and plans to graduate in 2021. She majors in Art and Design and is passionate about how art can address environmental and social justice issues.  She is inspired by artists working for social good and hopes to use her art practice and design skills as a catalyst for change. Her most recent portfolios focus on endangered animals and indigenous rights. Karson is a Site Leader for the University of Michigan Active Citizens Alternative Spring Break program, leading a week-long service learning trip to different locations around the U.S. She is an active member of the Michigan Club Fencing Team and loves learning about new cultures around the world. She is excited to be a part of the Peace Boat US Intern team and learn how design can be applied to NGO operations.

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Charlton Tang is an exchange student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor studying Business Administration and Economics. He is officially an undergraduate student majoring in Commerce Information Systems and Business Economics from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His interest in international business relations, innovative technology fields, and global environmental issues has brought him to study in the United States. Having lived in multiple countries, Charlton is able to fluently communicate in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin and has developed a passion for sustainable development and peace at the global stage. He has joined the University of Michigan Peace Boat US Intern Team to advocate awareness for these issues and assist Peace Boat in achieving their goals set in the 2030 Agenda.

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Zhi Yan Ann Tanis an international student pursuing an exchange semester at the University of Michigan, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Originally based in Singapore and Malaysia, she speaks Mandarin and English fluently, with knowledge of Malay and French as well. She loves traveling, immersing in diverse cultures and making new friends around the world. She takes pleasure in giving back to society and has been actively involved in the planning and execution of several local community outreach projects; including visits to elderly homes, dog shelters and fundraising for organizations like YMCA. As an aspiring bioengineer, her passion lies in engineering devices to improve the lives of others and has worked on sustainable development projects like designing inexpensive eco-friendly water filters for the less fortunate. She looks forward to learning from and communicating with people across multiple disciplines through this internship with Peace Boat.

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Anna Yeon-Song Ko is an exchange student at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, majoring in Political Science. She fluently speaks Korean and English, since she is officially an undergraduate student at Yonsei University, South Korea. She is interested in international relations and international law related issues and has experience in participating in international law mock trial competitions as well. She would like to have a profession in the international law field. She is looking forward to achieving a better understanding of how international organizations, States, and NGOs interact. With her major, she is interested in political and economic causes of international inequality, disputes, and national poverty. She would like to especially focus on the link between environmental degradation and economic crisis, and on various ways to promote sustainable development in action with Peace Boat US.

This post was publish by Crystal Isidor.

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