Regina Siedow

Regina Siedow

Regina is a volunteer in the Peace Corps, having just returned home to Eau Claire, Wisconsin from her assignment in Bembou, Senegal, a 1,200-person village in southeast Senegal. There she learned Malinke, the language spoken in the area, and emerged as a leader among the young American volunteers serving in-country. She oversaw capacity-building events for community health-care workers and the creation of a health club for middle-school students and conducted home visits for pregnant women and new mothers. Regina, 26, was elected by her peers to serve as the Lead Peace Corps volunteer liaison between senior staff and the 250-person volunteer community in Senegal. During her time there, she also directed a 15-day youth leadership camp for 25 middle-school students, managing 11 Peace Corps volunteers at the camp and troubleshooting all problems and emergencies that arose with her partners in Senegal’s Department of Popular and Sports Education. “I have served as an American ambassador by sharing American traditions and values with my community in exchange for a deeper understanding of Senegalese culture,” she wrote gratefully of her experience in West Africa. In addition to her Peace Corps service, Regina has worked at the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and as a student assistant during college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Educational Psychology. Regina plans to use her Master degree at IE to help her create a toolkit for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers that provides resources on topics such as cultural norms, employment assistance and affordable housing options.

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