Furthering a passion for global politics that developed throughout her four years at HWS, Geneva Calder ’16 will enter the prestigious Munk School of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto in the fall.
The two-year master’s program allows students to pursue a degree in the fields of global economy and markets, global civil society, and global institutions. The program requires that students complete an eight-week international internship in their first year. After studying abroad in the Brussels program during her junior year at HWS, Calder says the opportunity to study abroad made the Munk School “that much more exciting.”
“Getting to gain practical work experience while completing my degree was a huge sell for me,” says Calder, an international relations and public policy double major.
While in Brussels, Calder interned at the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, an experience that gave her practical experience and fostered her growing interest in global policy. “It gave me the opportunity to see what human rights work looked like in practice and how it could make a difference across borders on a scale other than street activism,” she says.
Since returning from Brussels, Calder has worked on an Honors project with Professor of Public Policy Craig Rimmerman in which she is developing policy suggestions for Latvia in the area of LGBTQ equality. She also participated in the Centennial Center for Leadership’s “Beyond Borders” global leadership program, which furthered her experience in developing policy solutions.
Calder’s introductory level courses initially sparked her interest in global policy and affairs. Her First-Year Seminar, “Seeing Whiteness,” was instrumental in helping her develop the social justice roots that she says “steered” her interest toward equality and human rights.
“These projects and the healthy mix of other courses I’ve taken in my undergraduate career have helped to push me out of my comfort zone and to tackle research I never could have imagined taking on,” Calder says.
On campus, Calder is a member and co-captain of the William Smith lacrosse team, a play-by-play broadcaster for William Smith field hockey and ice hockey teams, keeps statistics for Hobart ice hockey, and is an office assistant for Hobart lacrosse. She also worked for Reunion 2015.
Calder plans to pursue a career in international human rights law, working within or in collaboration with the United Nations. “Whether or not that career ends up ironically taking me to live in yet another ‘Geneva’ will remain to be seen,” she notes.