Emily Mediate ‘15 works as the Chief of Staff at the American Flood Coalition. She holds Master’s degrees with distinction in Global Governance and Public Policy from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also holds a BA (Health Studies; Africana Studies; minor: International Development Studies) from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to her current role, Emily was the Director of Presidential Affairs at Planned Parenthood. Emily also worked as an International Development Research Fellow on a USAID-funded project for vulnerable households in Uganda. She has also worked for US Senator Michael Bennet, the Baltimore City Health Department, and the US State Department.
Emily’s personal and professional goals come together in her integration of Catholic social teaching’s conception of human dignity into policy approaches to international development. With a career goal of improving health-based foreign aid, Emily intends to pursue a master’s in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation at the University of Oxford at the conclusion of her fellowship.
As an International Scholar, Emily worked with Faculty Fellow Terence McDonnell to analyze USAID HIV/AIDS campaigns. She also conducted independent research in Uganda, most especially on the role of foreign funding and personnel in the country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. The fieldwork was the basis for her Africana studies senior thesis as well as her IDS capstone essay.
The recipient of a Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant as well as other funding, Emily studied abroad in London, where she was a policy and advocacy intern with Save the Children, UK. She has worked weekly with Imani Unidad, a South Bend support group for women with HIV, learning that “HIV is so much more than a medical issue.” She also continues her relationship with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda, where she was a Kellogg Summer Intern in 2013, planning to make the organization the focus of her master’s thesis.
As an International Development Fellow with AVSI in Kampala, Uganda, Emily will conduct research to evaluate a multi-faceted USAID-funded program that aims to improve the well-being of children in HIV-affected families. This year’s focus is on how economic strengthening can improve outcomes.
The Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI) is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization founded in Italy in 1972. AVSI’s mission is to support human development in developing countries with special attention to education and the promotion of the dignity of every human person, according to Catholic social teaching. At present, AVSI is operating in 38 countries of Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia with over 130 long-term projects and relief operations directly benefiting around 4,000,000 people in various sectors. Highly qualified AVSI personnel are directly involved in long-term field assignments together with hundreds of locally hired people and supported by dozens of academics and senior practitioners.
Emily is a 2015 Kellogg Institute International Development Fellowship Recipient.
- 2016 - Rhodes Scholar; provides full financial support for a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford