IDS Undergraduate Alumni

Ashlee Cunsolo

BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Political Economy and Administrative Change

Alumni Profile:  As a social science and health researcher and educator, my undergraduate training in the International Development program has been integral to my approaches to work, research, and community-engagement. I transferred into the International Development program during my...

Carla Taylor

BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Biophysical Environment

Alumni Profile: My first international work experience came right after my graduation in 2005, when I was selected for an internship with the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) at the University of Victoria. It was with the Conservation Society of Pohnpei...

Emily Wilson

BA Honours, Major in ID, Women in the Development Process area

Alumni Profile:  After graduating from Guelph in 2002, I embarked on an internship program with Youth Challenge International (YCI). I spent eight months in Guyana, South America, leading a group of volunteers and carrying out needs assessments with Amerindian women...

Heidi Braun

BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Biophysical Environment and Development

Alumni Profile:  My final semester of my undergraduate degree was spent on exchange at the University of Ghana. Returning to West Africa was, in retrospect, the perfect way to complete my BA, since it was an eye-opening experience in the region as a participant in...

Jenn McIntyre

BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Latin American Studies

Alumni Profile:  Life is full of surprises, and one of the greatest surprises is discovering where a degree in International Development Studies will lead you. I started the program as a young person passionate about social justice and diversity and graduated a few years older and with little sense of my place in the big, beautiful and messy world we live in...

Jennifer Martino

BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Latin American Studies

Alumni Profile: I complemented my undergraduate studies at Guelph with several international learning opportunities in Latin America including an exchange through Canada World Youth, the semester abroad program to Cuba through Dalhousie University and semesters abroad in Uruguay and Nicaragua through...

Lucas Burton

BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Political Economy and Administrative Change

Alumni Profile:  My experience as a Guelph International Development Student was incredibly rewarding. Throughout my four years I was consistently challenged to examine my assumptions about what “development” is, and was encouraged to think critically...

Monica Dyer

BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Historical Perspectives in Development

Alumni Profile:  I completed my undergraduate degree from Guelph in 2007. While at Guelph, I had many opportunities to gain invaluable experience that has served me well in my career thus far, including participation in a semester abroad to Guatemala. Immediately following graduation...

Paula Richardson

BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Gender and Development

Alumni Profile:  After graduation, I served as a project coordinator through Horizon Cosmopolite in Ghana where I organized discussions with local elders and women’s groups on the needs of the community, collaborated with communities to plant and harvest the co-operative farm, and implemented a...

Tom Affleck

BA Honours, Major in ID with Area of Emphasis in Political Economy and Administrative Change

Alumni Profile:  When I graduated from the IDS program in 2001 I was rather disillusioned with the international development sector and decided to switch fields and focus on a small cottage maintenance company that I had started to help pay for my degree.  Yet a year later, I was bored, itching to travel and increasingly excited about micro-finance...