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Student Ambassadors

New Students, if you want to connect with a current student and hear about their experience in the program, please reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors!

Yaela Collins
Yaela a second year MS candidate at CGA, specializing in transnational security. She also has a BA in international relations with a concentration in the developing world from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. Experiences living abroad and a love for travel prompted her to pursue studying Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Dutch alongside her other academic interests. Yaela’s professional background includes working for international organizations including AARP International and the International Rescue Committee on projects involving sustainable development, humanitarian aid, and ICT4D.


Rachel Long
Rachel Long is a second year student at MSGA, concentrating in International Relations and Global Futures, with particular interests in international security and US foreign policy. Prior to enrolling at NYU, Rachel attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee where she received her B.A. in International Business & Political Science.


Jesus M. Casado Gonzalez
Jesus is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2007 where he attended Arizona State University and completed two B.A. degrees in Global Studies and Political Science, as well as a minor in Italian and a certificate in International Studies.Upon graduation, he served as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Creighton Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona where he worked directly with the immigrant and refugee student population and their families on issues regarding language acquisition, school programs and health and social services.

Jesus is a second year M.S. candidate in Global Affairs at NYU with a concentration in Global Gender Studies and an emphasis on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution. In addition, he currently serves as the Vice President of the Gender Working Group, a student organization at the CGA that focuses on issues of gender. Outside of the classroom, he works as a Peace and Human Rights workshop facilitator for the Peace Project, Inc. (PINC), teaching human rights and peace education to students in public elementary schools around the city. Jesus is the Public Relations Coordinator at Venezolanos Activos en el Exterior-Vaexorg, a nonprofit that provides immigration assistance and social services to newly arrived Venezuelans in New York. Upon graduation, Jesus plans to create his own non-for-profit organization to provide social and educational services and resources to minority and vulnerable communities, such as immigrants, refugees and other under-served groups.


Isabelle Schumacher 
Isabelle Schumacher is currently in her second year as a Masters of Science candidate in Global Affairs at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, in the Human Rights and International Law concentration. She is a graduate of McGill University in Montréal, Canada where she studied International Development and German Language and Literature. During her undergraduate degree, Isabelle spent six months in Berlin studying at the Freie Universität. Isabelle is excited to serve as the Human Rights and International Law League’s Treasurer for the academic year 2017-2018. She has previously interned at Freedom House in New York City and at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Ariya Das
Ariya Das is a Masters Student in Global Affairs (International Relations) at New York University. He completed his Bachelor of Business Management undergraduate degree as a distinction holder at St. Joseph's College of Commerce, India. He has completed 3 years of full time work experience, as a business analyst, with multi-national corporations - Goldman Sachs and Target Corporation. He is passionate about cultural learning and and has traveled to over 10 countries across 4 continents. He speaks 5 languages and his interests in extracurricular events has led to national and international success in fields of debate, theatre, business fest competitions, choir, and quiz. He was the winner of Precipice International Business Fest Competition (2013) which was held in the Imperial College of London and won a fully sponsored trip to London and Paris.

Ariya Das aspires to become the Secretary General of the United Nations. Over the past decade, he has been a part of over 85 Model United Nations Conferences and served on the Executive Board of institutions like Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. His Model UN achievements were featured in the Education Times of the Times of India newspaper. In his previous semesters at NYU, he has interacted with former UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, observed meetings of the United Nations Security Council at the UN Headquarters, and attended speeches by current UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.


Reem Aliessa
Born and raised in the heart of New York City to a migrant family from Syria, Reem Aliessa is a current Master of Science graduate student at the Center for Global Affairs with a concertation in the Private Sector and interest in social responsibility and peacebuilding. She graduated with summa cum laude from the International Studies Program at the City College of New York with a focus on international relations and a minor in creative writing. Reem‘s enduring interest in global affairs, diplomacy, and community service was sparked by her first Model United Nations experience as a delegate representing Jordan in 2009. Since then, Reem has served in AmeriCorps – NYC Civic Corps, volunteered with UNA-USA, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and abroad in Turkey, Morocco, and China.


Oksana Gapyuk
Growing up in Ukraine, every summer Oksana spent with her grandma in the Carpathian Mountains. She was surrounded by veterans of war telling stories of the Turkish, Polish, Hungarian and Russian occupations of Ukraine and what women did to protect their villages. Those stories stuck with her. They formed her into who she am now and more importantly, who she want to be- strong Ukrainian women defending democracy and peace. She am inspired by people making difference and cannot wait for the day she will be among them. Oksana is currently in the second year of the MSGA program, studying Transnational Security.


Isabella Suarez
Isabella is an international student from the Philippines entering her second semester at the CGA. Just last year, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Management and a minor in Literature from one of her country's top universities. Her experiences are largely in sustainable development and social entrepreneurship. She is currently the co-founder and Marketing and Strategic Development Head of a UN-funded, ethical manufacturing company that works with urban poor communities to enhance their skills and connect them to markets. She is also working with several other CGA women to organize the Women in Global Affairs - New York Chapter. At NYU, she hopes to pivot her career in the direction of environmental protection and sustainability in the Private Sector or go into renewable energy finance.


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