BUSO student Semhar Berhe will take part in the Killam Fellowship Program, which allows undergraduate students from Canada and the United States to participate in a program of binational residential exchange. This program, administered by Fulbright Canada, is supported by an endowment from the American Killam Trusts, Global Affairs Canada, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada). It is an integral part of the Foundation’s multidimensional strategy to foster mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America.
In her last year of study in the BUSO program, she will attend American University in Washington D.C. beginning September 2018; a school known as a leader among Washington DC universities in global education. She is beyond thrilled to start this new adventure!
"It is my studies as a Business and Society student that inspired me to apply for this scholarship and further pursue my studies in Public Policy upon completing my degree. I believe the experience in D.C. will allow me to have a better understanding of the policies that impact citizens worldwide. My hope is that my time at American University will assist me, to one day, create and debate policies that have positive impacts locally and globally.
As a BUSO student, I have been made aware of this intimate relationship between our economies and society and how policies created in the Global North can sometimes negatively impact oppressed people worldwide. I have also had the chance to be a research assistant interviewing diaspora business owners and social innovators in the GTA, an experience that has added, not just to my educational foundations but my personal growth as a global citizen as well. I am confident that I can be part of the solutions we desire to see in the world and a bridge between, not just the US and Canada as a Killam Fellow, but bridge the gap between the Global North and South.
I am so honoured to represent York University and I hope I can make you all proud!"