New Actors, Innovative Technologies,
& Emerging Trends
The Human Development Conference is a student-run event sponsored by the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the University of Notre Dame.
The 6th Annual Human Development Conference
February 28 – March 1, 2014
University of Notre Dame
John Gibbons, Conference Cochair
John is a senior political science and Chinese major with an international development studies minor. He spent the past summer in Pune, India, conducting research on an ethnonationalist political party. He plans to pursue a career in international social entrepreneurship after graduation.
Eddie Linczer, Conference Cochair
Eddie is a senior studying political science and Chinese. Currently he is conducting research on Chinese cyber-espionage against the United States. Next year Eddie plans to start a foreign policy career in Washington, DC.
Jenna Ahn, Center for Social Concerns Liaison
Jenna is a senior theology and pre-health studies double major who spent the last two summers working alongside the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India. Jenna is writing a senior honors theology thesis on contemporary theologies of mission and the Missionaries of Charity.
Orrin Belden, Club/Class Liaison & Abstract Committee
Orrin is a junior science pre-professional major with minors in international development studies and L atino studies. He spent last summer in Quito, Ecuador working with Timmy Global Health and Tierra Nueva on research about the perceptions and trends of chronic diseases in resource- poor communities. Orrin plans to pursue a medical degree after graduation, to serve communities both in the US and in Latin America.
Ana Dionne-Lanier, External Contacts
Ana is a senior political science and peace studies major. She spent the summer before her junior year in Uganda and Rwanda studying post- conflict reconciliation. She hopes to work abroad after graduation.
Lindsey Forsberg, Faculty Liaison
Lindsey is in her fourth year of the Reilly Dual Degree program, studying electrical engineering and anthropology. Last year s he studied at Oxford University and spent the following summer in northern Uganda, where she worked on long-range wireless and solar energy projects. On campus, Lindsey is the student assistant for the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development.
Genevieve Gill-Wiehl, Editor/Writer
Genevieve is a senior studying English and pre-health studies with a minor in international development studies. She spent the past summer in Lima, Peru, researching support systems for community health workers who work with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis patients. Genevieve hopes to pursue an MD/MPH after graduation.
Carolina Gutierrez, Logistics & Abstract Committee
Carolina is a sophomore majoring in finance with a supplementary major in applied and computational mathematics and statistics. She is currently conducting research for the economics department regarding the motivations for why people save in developing countries.
Magdalena Guzman, Data Coordinator & Abstract Committee
Maggie is a sophomore business major with an international development studies minor. She spent her last summer in her native Mexico, working with the local government on ways to improve the state's recreational spaces in order to increase community engagement and social capital given the recent wave of violence. She plans a career in the Foreign Service.
Jingting Kang, Abstract Committee
Jingting “Lily” is a sophomore majoring in business, sociology, and actuarial science. Born and raised in China, she came to the United States as an exchange student at the age of 15 and has also studied in the United Kingdom and Israel. As an entrepreneurial enthusiast, a world traveler, and a pioneer seeking truths in human society, she hopes to launch and oversee an international social enterprise in the future.
Madi King, Abstract Committee
Madi is a sophomore political science and international development studies minor. She plans to conduct research on the effects of capitalism in India during the next two summers. Also involved in the Hesburgh Public Service Program, Madi is pursuing a career in foreign service and diplomacy after graduation.
Deanna Kolberg, Faculty Liaison
Deanna is a senior studying political science and Chinese. She's done research in India, China, Vietnam, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Her major themes of study are federal mandate implementation methods and Chinese soft power. Deanna plans on continuing her studies in graduate school next year.
Anna Kottkamp, Editor/Writer
Anna is a junior environmental science major with an international development studies minor. She spent last summer as an intern with an NGO in Peru working o n sustainable development and agriculture. She is interested in the interplay between agricultural systems, food systems, and ecosystems in the context of international development.
Geri Lanham, Housing Chair & External Contacts
Geri is a junior political science major with a peace studies minor. She spent last summer interning for a Congressman and experienced the importance of grassroots organization. She is planning to pursue a career in public policy.
Hien Luu, Graphic Designer
Hien is a senior studio art major and hopeful Japanese minor. She is interested in craftsmanship and anything involving it—including pottery, printmaking, cooking, and human development. She foresees multiple career changes in her life but hopes most involve art making.
Chris Newton, Abstract Committee Chair
Chris is a junior political science major and international development studies minor. He spent last summer in Rwanda conducting research on Rwanda's regional foreign policy. He is currently studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel.
Megan Olson, Abstract Committee
Megan is a senior political science major with minors in international development Studies and Brazilian and Portuguese studies. After studying abroad in Brazil for 6 months her junior year, she returned last summer to conduct research on the role of foreign language education as a tool for development. After graduation, she is pursuing a career in social and economic policy research.
Jackie Paul, Photo Contest Coordinator
Jackie is a junior sociology major with a business economics minor. She is focusing her studies on international development and humanitarian aid work. She spent last summer in Komga, South Africa working at a children's home through the Center for Social Concern's ISSLP program. She is currently conducting research comparing religious and secular INGOs.
Jessica Peck, Presenter Liaison
Jessica is a sophomore romance languages major and international development studies minor. Her main focus in development is improving the effectiveness of education in developing countries. She hopes to work on the topic in Latin America this summer.
Thomas Rieth, Internal Communication
Thomas is a sophomore anthropology major with arts and letters premedical supplementary major and a minor in international development studies. He has an interest in global health and plans on pursuing a career in the health field.
Ena Solorzano, Presenter Liaison
Ena is a sophomore economics and political science major with an international development studies minor. Raised in El Salvador, her main goal is to help her country develop through education and its impact on economic growth . She is currently deciding what type of research she will be doing in Latin America in the upcoming year.
Emily Strickland, External Contacts
Emily is a junior political science major. She spent this past summer at the U S Department of Defense working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where she conducted research on the AfPak Hands, a joint program for culturally attuned military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She is pursuing a career in the Foreign Service.
Denise Umubyeyi, External Contacts
Denise Umubyeyi is a senior political science and international development studies minor. This past summer she spent eight weeks conducting research on the Clinton Health Initiative Human Resources for Health Program in Kigali, Rwanda, her country of birth.
Ilse Zenteno, Editor/Writer
Ilse is a senior political science and peace studies major. She has spent the last few years exploring a diverse range of socioeconomic communities, working with migrants in Cochabamba, Bolivia and Toledo, Spain; living with those coming out of prison and/or jail in Albuquerque, NM; serving the homeless here in South Bend, or exploring tensions in Israel and Palestine. She plans to pursue post-graduate service in Latin America.