College of Arts and Sciences

Meet IPCR Students

Rachel Wilson ’17

Rachel came to Arcadia after she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa. IPCR’s international focus, travel component, and personalized cohort size attracted her to the program. Having already completing her first two semesters and internship, Rachel believes that her courses and American Friends Service Committee internship helped her improve her writing skills and expanded her professional network. After graduation, Rachel will apply for an international Fulbright scholarship, then hopes to complete the Refugee Trauma certificate program at Harvard.

Bethany Wentz ’18

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ukraine from 2012 to 2014, Bethany witnessed violence and unrest due to the Euromaidan protests. This experience led her to pursue a dual degree in both IPCR and Counseling. Bethany’s goal is to return to Ukraine and work with local organizations to provide mental health care to internally displaced people. 

“Arcadia’s program allows me to develop the professional skills I need to be a counselor, as well as the background and experience in peace studies to work with this specific population,” explains Bethany. “Arcadia puts a strong emphasis on professional development, and there are plenty of opportunities to expand your network and learn specific skills that will make you more competitive when the time comes for job hunting. I've appreciated the opportunities I've been granted to talk to professionals in the field and ask questions.”

Saurav Upadhyay ’17

Saurav’s personal journey brought him to the IPCR program. A native of Nepal, he saw what it was like to be in a brutal civil war. Saurav, who was attracted to the program’s travel opportunities, plans to use his peace and conflict knowledge to help people better understand and analyze conflict.

“I have always wanted to understand the nature of conflict and political crises,” he explains. “I recognize that these are complex phenomena, which is why I want to tell stories about conflict and politics that go beyond tropes and simplistic narratives.”

Nyamal Tutdeal ’18

Nyamal has firsthand experience when it comes to conflict. Born in Ethiopia, she witnessed physical, psychological, and emotional trauma associated with war in a refugee camp. After losing uncles, cousins, friends, and her own father to the war in Sudan, Nyamal realized her life’s calling: peace building, conflict resolution, and reconciliation. 

“The hands-on learning and study abroad allowed me to see how one can use the IPCR degree in the real world,” said Nyamal. “I was intrigued by the diversity of the cohort in this degree field.” 

Nyamal’s future endeavors include growing her non-governmental organization, Nyaeden Foundation Inc., which gives women and children a sense of dignity and independence by providing everyday necessities. She also hope to work with international organizations such as Red Cross, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank

Ryan Mills ’18

Ryan’s six years in the U.S. Navy working as an Arabic Linguist sparked his interest in the Peace and Conflict field. Interested in pursuing Arcadia’s dual degree in IPCR and International Relations and Diplomacy, he is excited for the opportunity to learn under IPCR’s excellent faculty and participate in study abroad. From this degree, Ryan hopes to apply for PhD programs and pursue a career at the United Nations in human rights research and advocacy.

Charlin Caster ’17

While looking for a graduate program that allowed students to choose their adventures and focus on skills they want to develop, Charlin found the IPCR program at Arcadia University. 

“I have already grown so much professionally and personally,” said Charlin, who is halfway through her program. “I led a consultancy project with classmates for the Enough Project, an NGO that designs awareness campaigns about violent kleptocracy and other oppressive government activities, and I wrote a grant proposal for the American Friends Service Committee, where I learned about children's capacity-building and civic engagement in South Africa. These experiences have broadened my understanding of creating sustainable global peace and security.” 

After graduation, Charlin plans to work with capacity-building initiatives, women’s empowerment, and human rights and diplomacy. She looks forward to serving as a mentor and helping young women of color access opportunities in the peace and conflict resolution space.