Sajana Blank

Sajana Blank
2008
Major: 
Global Studies
Minor: 
African & South Asian Studies
Activities: 
SLU Oxfam, Amnesty International

At St. Lawrence Sajana was a Global Studies major with a concentration in African Studies and South Asian Studies. She received a minor in African Studies and graduated cum laude. Sajana declared her major in Global Studies at the end of her first year at SLU and learned the importance of planning ahead. Establishing her major early on allowed her to pave a clear path for her time at St. Lawrence and to develop very clear and obtainable academic and personal goals. Studying off campus was an integral part of her education, and she was fortunate enough to study on the Kenya Semester Program and the NYSICCSI program in India. The most valuable component of the Kenya Program was her Independent Study with Mathare Youth Sports Association, MYSA. This organization reaches out to youth in one of Nairobi’s largest informal settlements through sports and the arts. From her experiences with MYSA she was able to narrow down her academic interests and establish a topic for her GS honors thesis. Sajana received the Fred Kahrs award and a research grant through the Center for International and Intercultural Studies to return to Kenya as a junior. She attended the World Social Forum in Nairobi, and began research towards her Global Studies honor thesis tilted: The Plight of Underprivileged Girls: Reevaluating Gender Inequalities through Grassroots Initiatives in Kenya and North India. She continued her research senior year while studying in India and held leadership roles in SLU Oxfam and Amnesty International.

Professional Position: 
Assistant Director of Off-campus Programs