Category Archives: Alumni Achievements

Alumni Spotlight: Kristi Phillips

CLACS Alumnus, Kristi Phillips in Honduras (2013)

CLACS Alumnus, Kristi Phillips in Honduras (2013)

Kristi Phillips is a recent graduate of the CLACS MA Program who is now working as the Trip Coordinator with Central American Relief Efforts. She recently returned to the US, and shares her thoughts and experiences with us below.


CLACS: Can you please provide a brief introduction about yourself?
KP: I came to NYU after receiving my BA in economics and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa and completed my MA at CLACS in January 2013. At CLACS, I focused on public policy evaluation within and with reference to Latin America. I have experience studying, working, and conducting research in Chile, Spain, Nicaragua, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Honduras and currently work for a Pennsylvania-based non-profit organization called Central American Relief Efforts. Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Amanda Tollefson

Amanda Tollefson

2012 CLACS Alumnus, Amanda Tollefson

Amanda Tollefson, a December 2012 CLACS alumnus, shares her thoughts and experiences with us below. Amanda is currently the Office Manager at the International Crisis Group in New York.

CLACS: Can you please tell us about yourself?
AT: I received my BA degrees in Spanish and the Comparative History of Ideas with a minor in European Studies from the University of Washington (Seattle). As an undergraduate student, I studied in Italy, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Cuba. After graduation, I earned my divemaster certification on the island of Utila, Honduras; taught English in Cadiz, Spain for a year; and spent a year as a flight attendant for an international airline. While studying at CLACS, I completed an internship in the Communications/Media department at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. I also participated in a study abroad program during the January session in Puebla, Mexico, through the Food Studies department. Continue reading

Perspectives from the Field: Zamaly Diaz Lebron

Zamaly Diaz Lebron

Zamaly Diaz Lebron, Program Officer at the Institute of International Education (IIE) & CLACS Alumnus

On Friday, February 22nd, we had hosted another CLACS Alumn during our Perspectives from the Field Series, a speaker series that invites CLACS alumni from a wide range of professions to speak about their experiences since graduation, and how their studies at CLACS prepared them for the work that they are doing today. The topics that our invited speakers discuss in the series include development, education, human rights, business, public health, and more.

On this day, we welcomed, Zamaly Diaz Lebron a 2006 CLACS MA alumnus and currently is a Program Officer for university placement services at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Zamaly, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has a Bachelor’s Degree from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, and also completed another NYU Master’s program in Performance Studies (completed in 2007) while studying at CLACS. Continue reading

Perspectives from the Field: Ben Aplin

Benjamin Aplin

Benjamin Aplin, Director of Institutional Advancement at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience & CLACS Alumnus

On Friday, December 7th, we had hosted another CLACS Alumn during our Perspectives from the Field Series, a speaker series that invites CLACS alumni from a wide range of professions to speak about their experiences since graduation, and how their studies at CLACS prepared them for the work that they are doing today. The topics that our invited speakers discuss in the series include development, education, human rights, business, public health, and more.

On this day, we welcomed Benjamin Aplin, a 2006 CLACS MA alumnus and current Director of Institutional Advancement at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, to speak about the non-profit world and how his experiences at CLACS helped him get to where he is today.

Ben, who has been working in international NGOs since graduating from CLACS, has always been interested in working in an international environment because he traveled a lot with his mother when he was a teenager, including working at a summer arts camp in Haiti when he was 15. Ben graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in English, and came to CLACS interested in international development issues. He wrote his thesis on Protestantism in Latin America and its dominance in certain parts of the region. Continue reading

Congratulations to CLACS January 2013 MA Graduates!

NYU - TorchThe following graduates completed the CLACS MA program! We offer you warmest congratulations, and best wishes as you embark on the next phases of your careers. Felicidades graduates, and please Keep in touch!

Rebecca Bintrim, David Bowker, Rachel Emily, Elisse Leani Garcia, Maria Magdalena Gruneisen, Kevin McLoughlin, Kristi Philips, Amanda Tollefson, and Robin Whitney.

Perspectives from the Field: Ana María Blanco

Ana María Blanco

Ana María Blanco, Communication on Progress Manager at the United Nations Global Compact & CLACS Alumnus

On Friday, October 19th, we had hosted another CLACS Alumn during our Perspectives from the Field Series, a speaker series that invites CLACS alumni from a wide range of professions to speak about their experiences since graduation, and how their studies at CLACS prepared them for the work that they are doing today. The topics that our invited speakers discuss in the series include development, education, human rights, business, public health, and more.

On this day, we welcomed Ana María Blanco, who currently works as a Communication on Progress Manager at the United Nations Global Compact supporting companies to implement and disclose progress on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. She began her talk discussing her work experience in her native Colombia. She earned her law degree in Bogota where she worked for a corporate law firm, and was unhappy in that environment. Ana María later worked for the Colombian government conducting research on the ongoing armed conflict in the country. She observed negotiations with Paramilitaries, which led her to become very interested in conflict resolution. She felt like that was something that she really wanted to get involved in, and decided to apply to CLACS at NYU to further her knowledge about Latin America. Continue reading

Perspectives from the Field: Tamar Hahn

Tamar Hahn

Tamar Hahn, Regional Communications Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean for UNICEF in Panama & CLACS Alumnus

On Friday, September 28th, we launched our Perspectives from the Field Series, a speaker series that invites CLACS alumni from a wide range of professions to speak about their experiences since graduation, and how their studies at CLACS prepared them for the work that they are doing today. The topics that our invited speakers discuss in the series include development, education, human rights, business, public health, and more.

Our first speaker was Tamar Hahn, Regional Communications Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean for UNICEF in Panama. She began her talk on her journey from her upbringing in her native Argentina, to her undergraduate studies in Israel (where her mother is from), to her graduate studies with CLACS in New York. Hahn mentioned that “it’s funny that in order for Latin Americans to learn about Latin America, we have to go outside of it.”

After completing the joint MA program in Latin American and Caribbean studies and journalism at CLACS in 1998, Hahn got her first job as a journalist covering Latin American finance and managing editor of The Earth Times newspaper in New York which covered issues related to the United Nations. It was through contacts that she developed at the UN that allowed her to begin working directly for the UN as a freelancer, and after freelancing for a few years, she came across an opportunity to work for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 2004 working in New York and Geneva. Continue reading