Meet the Class of 2022
International Peace Studies Concentration
The International Peace Studies concentration in the Master of Global Affairs builds sustainable peace and justice through careers in policy analysis and political change, government and organizational leadership, and conflict analysis and transformation. This new cohort of students join a global network of more than 500 master’s graduates addressing violent conflict and peace, human rights and human development, environmental sustainability, and related issues. Students in this concentration are considered Kroc Scholars.
Five IPS students from the Class of 2022 began their program during the fall 2020 semester. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, an additional 11 students were admitted to the MGA-IPS program and are anticipated to begin their studies on campus in January 2021.
The Class of 2022 includes students from Burkina Faso, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Republic of the Gambia, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Zimbabwe.
Bryanna Beamer (United States) Bryanna Beamer most recently worked as a case manager with the University of Baltimore’s Choice Program, working with youth in the Juvenile Justice Department as a mentor and advocate in legal, educational, and personal realms. She also volunteered as a youth coach with the International Rescue Committee to help refugee youth acclimate to American culture. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, Bryanna created a junior high school boys and girls club focused on education, self-confidence, and employment opportunities. She also worked with farmers to develop nutritional practices and raised more than $10,000 to build a computer lab and library. Bryanna earned a BA in psychology from Shippensburg University with an emphasis on childhood adolescent development and minority group experiences. As a student, she conducted research on the effects of mindfulness on youth attention spans. Bryanna is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Elizabeth Boyle (United States) graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2020, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and international peace studies. As a student she studied and worked on interreligious peacebuilding, served as student body president, fought for the rights of sexual assault survivors with the nonprofit organization Know Your IX, and was the recipient of the Yarrow Award in Peace Studies.
Elizabeth’s religious peacebuilding and civil rights work has led to internships at Religions for Peace, the US Commission on Civil Rights, USAID, and the US Department of State. She has traveled to Nepal, Qatar, and Oman, engaging in scriptural reasoning and interreligious dialogue through the Kroc Institute’s Madrasa Discourses research initiative and other Notre Dame opportunities. She also served as a seminar leader for Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, leading teams of Notre Dame undergraduates through immersive seminar service experiences throughout the United States. Elizabeth is the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.
Lenai Taylor Johnson (United States) served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, where she worked as a youth development facilitator at a residential center for survivors of gender-based violence. She assisted in designing a behavioral management program for the center, creating therapeutic activities to address trauma, and also facilitated advocacy sessions throughout her province that focused on eliminating violence against women and children. Lenai also has worked for the YWCA Madison, interned with the State Public Defender’s Office in Wisconsin, volunteered as an English and writing tutor in South Africa, and facilitated a social justice class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lenai’s passion for human rights and justice brought her to the Keough School, where she hopes to explore the intersection between gender and conflict, with a specific focus on genocide and mass atrocities. Lenai holds a BA in legal studies and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Rachael Rosenberg (United States) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia, where she developed the English education program at a school near the Georgian-Armenian border and led USAID-funded projects focusing on youth leadership, social activism, and gender equity. In 2017 Rachael spent a summer as a cultural ambassador for the USA Pavilion at the World Expo in Astana (now Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan. She previously worked on research initiatives at the Kennan Institute and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and won a Critical Language Scholarship for intensive language study in Russia from the US Department of State.
Originally from Texas, Rachael graduated summa cum laude from American University with a BA in international studies and Russian language and area studies. She speaks Russian, Georgian, and Armenian. At the Keough School, Rachael plans to explore the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and class in peacebuilding, as well as approaches to transitional and restorative justice in the aftermath of violent conflict. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Clara Villatoro (El Salvador) is a former journalist who covered breaking news in Central America on topics such as public health, environment, and economics for local and international press. During the past four years she served as the Central America Regional Human Rights and Democracy Program Coordinator in the Pulte Institute for Global Development, part of the Keough School. She holds a BA in social communication from the University of Central America “Jose Simeon Cañas” (UCA), where she was the recipient of the UCA Martyrs Scholarship. Clara also holds a master’s degree in multimedia journalism from the University of the Basque Country. As a student of this program in Spain, she was a recipient of a Foundation Carolina Fellowship. As a master of global affairs student, Clara is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.