Regina Baiden, 2015, Ghana

Why Fletcher: Fletcher, I believe, provides the ideal environment for the academic and professional development opportunities that will help me reach my goals. Several aspects of the program affirmed my desire to study at Fletcher. First and foremost, the flexibility of the program promised a course work load that was well tailored to my interest. I was particularly attracted to the interdisciplinary nature of the program. This I believe will equip me with the necessary skills to not only function within my area of interest but to equally understand the broader field of International Affairs. Moreover, I was delighted at the prospects of interacting and collaborating with colleagues from different countries who share a similar interest. Tufts’ large student body provides a setting for the building of lasting relationships with colleagues who could be prospective work partners. For these reasons, I was and I am still convinced that my Fletcher experience will prepare me for a career in development.

Favorite course: This semester I am enrolled in “Gender, Culture and Conflict in Humanitarian Complex Emergencies.” The class provides a gendered perspective to armed conflict situations, civilian experiences of conflict and international and national humanitarian response to such situations. Readings, class discussions and assignments provide an opportunity to think of and analyze the effects of conflict on both men and women. The class is co-taught by Dr. Mazurana and Dr. Stites, who bring a wide array of experiential and theoretical knowledge to class discussions. During class sessions, I find myself constantly at the edge of my seat and I am always disappointed when class ends. It is the class you go to and wish it never ended.


Favorite book:

Efuru by Flora Nwapa

Favorite food:

Fufu and Groundnut Soup

Favorite musician or band:

Sonnie Badu

Favorite website:

www.awid.org

Global Issue or problem that brought you to Fletcher:

Women rights issues


Fields of Study:

  • International Organizations
  • Law and Development

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • Global Women
  • UN Club
  • Human Rights Project
  • Gender Initiative at Fletcher
  • Africana Club

Education before Fletcher:

  • MS, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University
  • BA, Psychology, University of Ghana

Experience before Fletcher:

  • Michigan Technological University, Graduate Teaching Instructor, Houghton, MI, USA
  • Michigan Technological University, Research Assistant, Houghton, MI, USA
  • Ghana Revenue Authority (Value Added Tax division), National Service Person, Accra, Ghana

Languages:

  • French
  • Ga
  • Twi
  • English