Success Spotlight: Recent M.A. graduate Gina Cirino
Gina Cirino completed her Master's degree at Kent State in 2015 with an emphasis on cultural anthropology. Read on to learn about what Gina is doing with her degree!
Gina is a Program Officer at Graduate School USA in Washington D.C. She designs, customizes, and administers professional international exchange programs for the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP offers current and emerging leaders from around the world opportunities to share best practices with their professional counterparts in the United States. The thematic topics are based on key U.S. foreign policy objectives. Prominent professionals are nominated and hand-selected by the U.S. Embassies abroad. Projects cover themes such as combating human trafficking, emerging democracies, human rights, international heath, environmental protection, national security, counter-terrorism, and youth leadership. The programs Gina develops begin in Washington D.C., and include three to four cities throughout the United States over three weeks. Thirty five current and 314 former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are IVLP alumni.
Gina with two hazardous waste remediation professionals from Indonesia, and a representative from the State Department. After designing four days of programming in D.C., Gina oversaw the remainder of their exchange in St. Petersburg, Florida; San Francisco, California; and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Gina with a Muslim relations community expert at a summit in Minneapolis entitled Peacebuilding Approaches to Countering Extremism. Gina's next two programs will focus on promoting religious dialogues and countering violent extremism with an imam from Belgium and Muslim scholars from Indonesia.