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Oliver ’18 Job Shadows at UN

Bess Job Shadow 1With dreams of making an impact across the world, Elizabeth Oliver ’18 took the big step toward a career in diplomacy while shadowing personnel at the United Nations this summer.

“I was incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity,” says Oliver, who attended UN proceedings with Kate Alexander, a member of Peace Action NY. “I sat among United Nation ambassadors and witnessed peace-making in its truest form. It is something I will always remember.”

As Alexander’s shadow, Oliver received the same access throughout the weekend and was allowed to attend a conference concerning nuclear disarmament.

In addition to the conference, Oliver met with survivors of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagaski, and worked closely with a cohort of Japanese youth who had traveled to New York City for the conference and corresponding march to “Ban the Bomb.”  She also attended the march.

A double major in international relations and French and Francophone studies, with a minor in political science, the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education effectively matched Oliver with Alexander, who enjoys sharing what she does for a living with young professionals.

“My dream is to go to school for a joint JD/MBA degree and to ultimately use it toward international diplomacy. I hope to carry these experiences forward with me as I finish my career here at HWS and into the world at large” Oliver says.

In addition to her studies, Oliver is a student justice on the HWS Judicial Board, a member of Tools for Social Change, and volunteers at the First United Methodist Church in Geneva.