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DHPS alumnae take on new challenges

Both graduated from NSU in 2016

Two alumnae from CAHSS’ Department of History and Political Science are putting their degrees to work in their post-NSU lives.

Vanessa Duboulay graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science, and while at NSU she was a member of the Model United Nations team and participated in organizations like the undergraduate SGA and President’s 64. In September 2018, Duboulay used her Model UN experience when she attended the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology International MUN Conference (KIITMUN) in Odisha, India. Organized by 200 students, the event hosted 1,600 delegates and 60 executive board members who met to debate topics with global impact.

Vanessa Duboulay

Duboulay served as co-chairperson of KIITMUN’s flagship committee, the Special Committe on the Charter of the United Nations. She moderated the debate and upheld the rules of procedure, in addition to guiding delegates on the work of the UN General Assembly’s Sixth Committee.

“Participating in this conference gave me a unique opportunity to immerse myself in the Indian culture and to form relationships with professionals in varying parts of the world,” Duboulay said. “Model UN continues to contribute to my professional development even past my undergraduate years and is undoubtedly one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made.”

Victoria Jones also graduated in 2016, with a B.A. in History. Jones credits a 2015 internship at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale with exposing her to museum studies.

Victoria Jones

“I discovered my passion for public history and museum studies and it was during a study abroad with Dr. Kilroy that I became interested in archives and special collections, specifically,” she said.

Since graduating from NSU, Jones began work on an M.A. in History at the University of North Florida, which she expects to complete at the end of 2018. She recently participated in a fellowship at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History, where she worked on a project involving one of the museum’s collections. She also completed a summer internship in corporate archives at Southwest Airlines’ headquarters in Dallas. The internship focused on archiving the company’s history and culture by preserving materials both physical and digital. This historic content is shared with the airline’s employees and customers.

“This internship was an amazing chance to work in an archive that not many people are granted to access to,” Jones said. “My team and department were fantastic and I learned not just about archive management and aviation history, but also about working in a corporate environment.”

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