Katie Nelson

Katie Nelson
2006
Major: 
Global Studies, Honors
Minor: 
African Studies, French
Hometown: 
Granville, OH
Activities: 
Orientation Leader, Outdoor Program, Student Ambassador, SLU Dems, Rugby.

After taking a Global Studies course with John Collins my freshman year, I knew that the Global Studies Department would offer me the round education that few other departments could.  A department examining globalization and development issues through the lenses of culture, economics, and the environment provided me with a comprehensive framework to make the most of my study abroad experiences.  I spent a semester in France and another in Kenya during my junior year.  My senior year, I applied for and received a travel and research grant through SLU's Center for International and Intercultural Studies to return to Kenya and conduct a month's worth of qualitative research.  With encouragement from my advisor, I crafted an honors thesis that explored the increasing and complex roles that nonprofits working in Kenya fill following privatization of social welfare programs.