Alumni Spotlight

  • Tutin Aryanti, GRID Alumna, is the Chair of the Department of Architecture at Universitas Pendidkan in Indonesia.  She recently presented at the WGGP Symposium as part of the panel on Gender and Disasters.  Her talk, “Women in Disaster Mitigation” is available now on Media Space....
  • Katherine Roth, GRID Alumna, is contributing writer for The Associated Press.   She recently presented at the WGGP Symposium as part of the panel on Gender and Global Perspectives.  Her talk, “Global Perspectives: Things aren’t always what they seem” is available now on Media Space....
  • WGGP GRID Alumna, Tarnjeet Kang, recently gave an interview on her work in South Sudan for the Center for African Studies Habari Newsletter. Click here to read the Habari Newsletter.
  • GRID Alumna Koeli Goel presented at the recent WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium on “Wings of Fire: #MeTooIndia marks Historic Face-off with entrenched patriarchal Order” as part of the panel on Gender and Societies. Koeli received her PhD in Communications and Media along with graduate minor in...
  • Saket Sarraf, GRID Alumni, is the founder and Principal at ps Collective- a platform for research, policy analysis, advocacy and consultancy.  He recently presented at the WGGP Symposium as part of the panel on Gender and the Built Infrastructure.  His talk, “Gender dimensions in climate-related...
  • Maimouna Barro is a GRID Alumna and current Associate Director at the Center for African Studies.  She will be one of the speakers joining the International Women’s Day celebration on March 8th, 2021.  Dr. Barro’s featured woman is Khadidiatou Dia....
  • Grace Malindi, GRID Alumna (1997) and PhD in Human and Community Development will be presenting at the upcoming WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium on Thursday, March 4th.  Her talk, “The Evolution of Participatory Packaging of: Integrated Technologies with Information...
  • Tutin Aryanti  is a Professor and Chair of the Architecture at Universitas Pendidkan in Indonesia.   Dr. Aryanti received her PhD in Architecture and the GRID Minor in 2010. She will be participating in the upcoming...
  • Bala Saho is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Saho received his MA in African Studies and the GRID Minor in 2007 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He received his PhD in History from Michigan State University. He will be...
  • Katherine Roth is a Contributing Writer for The Associated Press.    Katherine received her MA in Journalism and Middle East Studies along with the GRID Minor in 1989.    She will be participating in the upcoming...
  • GRID Alum Dikshya Devkota is a Barbara A. Yates Fellowship Recipient and graduated in 2020 with a MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES). She...
  • Dr. Pronoy Rai (Ph.D. Geography, 2018) GRID Alumnus and 2015 Recipient of the Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship is currently an assistant professor at Portland State University. His research interests include human-environment geographies, development and labor migration, gender...
  • Katherine Roth (MA in Journalism and Middle East Studies) GRID Alumna (1989) is currently working with the Associated Press.    
  • GRID Alumna, Dr. Khalida Malik (PhD in Sociology), will participate in the upcoming Illinois Global Institute Career Day on October 23rd. Dr. Malik is a consultant and Retired Program Officer with the UN World Food Program.  Dr. Kahlida Malik is an alumna of the Women and Gender...
  • Aida Orgocka University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumna GRID Minor, 2002 PhD in Human and Community Development, 2003 Current Position Gender and Development Specialist, Education Cannot Wait What is the focus of your current...
  • Angelina Cotler University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumna GRID Minor, 2005 Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, 2005 Current Position Director of Membership and Development, Latin American Studies Association (LASA) What is the...
  • Varsha Venugopal University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna GRID Minor, 2002 Master's in Urban Planning, 2002 Current Position My current position is Assistant Director of Programmes at Options, Consulting Firm focused on Maternal and Child Health in developing countries located in...
  • Bruna Romero-Melgar University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna GRID Minor, 2014 Master's in Economics, 2014 Current Position My current position is Managing Director of GIrls in Tech Bolivia located in Santa Cruz, Bolivia What is the focus of...
  • Beatriz Padilla University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna GRID Minor, 2001 PhD in Sociology, 2001 Current Position My current position is Principal Investigator (which is at the same level that Associate Professor) at the Instituto Universitario de...
  • Batamaka Some University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnnus GRID Minor, 2010 PhD in Anthropology, 2010 Current Position Regional Representative West Africa Collaborative Crop Research Programme (CCRP) of the McKnight Foundation.  Location: Burkina Faso...
  • Bala Saho University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumna GRID Minor, 2007 MA in African Studies, 2007 Current Position Assistant Professor, Department of History The University of Oklahoma, Norman What is the focus of your current work and/or subject...
  • Aida Orgocka University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumna GRID Minor, 2002 PhD in Human and Community Development, 2003 Current Position Project Manager, Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto,...
  • Laura Ripani University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumna GRID Minor, 2003 PhD in Economics, 2004 What is the focus of your current work and/or subject of your current research? I am currently a Lead Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in...
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna GRID Minor, 2012 PhD in Socioculutural Anthropology, 2012 Current Position Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Program Director of Anthropology and Sociology, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois What is the focus...
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna GRID Minor, 2002 Master's in Human Nutrition, 2005 Current Position Professor of Practice, Statewide Nutrition Coordinator, Oregon State University Extension Service What is the focus of your current work and/or subject...