Hello field journal readers!
I’m Isaac – one of two Communications & Social Media interns joining Impact Network this Winter/Spring. I’m super excited to craft social media strategy, help plan the upcoming StandUp NY event, and sink my teeth into any and all other projects that come my way. I’ve been following Impact Network’s work in rural education and e-learning for the past few years, so it’s great to have the opportunity to help the organization achieve and sustain its ambitious mission.
I’m a senior (wait what? Already?) at Fordham University with a double major in International Studies and French, specializing in Global Affairs. My time at Fordham has offered me some pretty incredible experiences. In the summer of 2017 I studied in Dakar, Senegal, through the university, where I took coursework in African public health and development. Last year at this time I was studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, where I studied geopolitics – particularly how geography interplays with human rights. I recently finished my senior thesis, in which I researched and analyzed the effects of French colonialism and cultural imperialism on Senegalese sociomedial norms. It goes without saying that this education at Fordham and abroad has brought my attention to countless ongoing disparities and human rights violations across the globe – one of which being access to quality education.
It’s for this reason that my professional interests lie in the intersection of global health and education. My first internship was at CMMB – an NGO focused on promoting healthy lives for mothers and children worldwide. The position helped me hone skills in recruitment and screening. Last summer I interned at Global Health Corps, where I worked in operations and programs to help build the next generation of health leaders. I now have the opportunity to bring these skills and knowledge to Impact Network – my first communications & education-centric position. Super exciting!
When I’m not doing any of the above, I can be found indulging in any of my myriad interests. I perform in various improv theaters across NYC, browse through 90’s clothes at thrift shops, satiate my wanderlust by exploring new cities, and watch the best TV show of all time – Seinfeld, among many things. I was also born and raised in the snowiest city in the United States – Syracuse, NY.
I’m truly looking forward to the next coming months with Impact Network. The organization’s efforts are so important to the future of development and education. Looking back through older blog posts, it’s hard not to be inspired by the strides that have already been accomplished. I’m proud to add my voice, knowledge, and skills to this movement!