While at WKU, Maggie Sullivan was able to pursue her passion for human rights. She graduated in 2018 with a major in international affairs and a minor in gender studies. The IA major appealed to Maggie because it allowed her to take an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing global human rights challenges. She was able to gain valuable experience in and out of the classroom. During her time on the Hill, she interned for the U.S. Department of State and spent one summer working at the Office of Refugee Admissions in the Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees and another summer at the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Professor Soleiman Kiasatpour remembers Maggie as an “exceptional student devoted to humanitarian causes.” She founded the WKU chapter of No Lost Generation, an organization that raises awareness of migrant youths around the world. As an intern with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, she helped clients access higher education opportunities. She also worked with Professor Timothy Rich to publish an article in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage that analyzed the willingness of survey respondents to admit refugee Muslim and non-Muslim women, children, and young men.
Maggie wrapped up her academic experience at WKU by earning a Fulbright to teach English in Bulgaria. She continues to work on issues important to her and currently serves as a program support specialist at the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC.