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Twenty-two students attended this event and heard about the reflections, experiences, and advice of three Global Studies alumni. They each offered unique perspectives from their journeys, but also hit on common themes of the need to be data/statistics literate, develop strong interpersonal skills, embrace new ways of approaching phenomena, and build intentional relationships. Our Global Studies alumni participants:

Sara Lacy ’11

Theme: Global health and environment; Area: Western Europe/EU
Current Residence: Richmond, VA

After leaving UNC, Sara earned a Master’s in International Development and Global Health from American University. She is a Public Health Associate at CDC (having recently returned to the US from a long term assignment in Guinea with an ebola response team).

Matt Tucker ’11

Theme: Global economics, trade, development; Area: Latin America
Study Abroad: Chile
Current Residence: Boston, MA

Matt worked in product development in California and is now Platform Manager for Digital Initiatives at the Harvard Business School. Since Fall 2015, he is also pursuing Master of Science in Engineering Management with a focus on Design Entrepreneurship at MIT.

Muriel Smith ’11

Theme: Global economics, trade, development; Area: Africa
Study Abroad: Tanzania & Mexico
Current Residence: Nashville, TN

Since graduation from Carolina, Muriel worked with Teach for America and then earned her MEd in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University. She is now Assistant Principal at KIPP Nashville College Prep.


Zach Ward, Global Studies Student Services Specialist, put together the event. It was such a success he plans to hold similar events to offer valuable opportunities for our students to connect to Global Studies alumni and experts outside UNC.