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Katie Shannon

Title of Program: International Relations: Humanitarianism and Human Rights Advocacy

E-mail Address: lshanno4@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Kingsport, TN   

Year: Sophomore                          

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2021

Description of Program: Humanitarianism, as it affects multiple facets of the recipients’ lives, is interdisciplinary in nature. Thus, my program requires the study of politics and international law and organization, the study of resource allocation and limitations, the study of at-risk people groups, and the study of human rights broadly. I am learning how to sufficiently and effectively help groups in need by understanding the nature of the needs, how to best fulfill them, and the limitations and scope of aid allocation.

Departmental Emphases: Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, Middle East Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tricia Hepner

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): After graduation, I intend to volunteer for the Peace Corps and serve for two years to receive hands-on humanitarian experience. After completing my Peace Corps service, I plan to enroll in a graduate program surrounding Foreign Aid and Third World Development or attend law school to study Human Rights Law. I will eventually pursue a career as a human rights lawyer working in an international relief organization or working for the State Department allocating foreign aid.

Other Academic Interests: Arab Studies Minor taking Arabic language and Middle Eastern Culture courses

Study Abroad: I am planning to study abroad in the Middle East next Fall and/or Summer of 2019.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: Undergraduate Writing Center Tutor, Howard Baker Ambassadors, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Chamber Singers


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