My name is Xinyan Guo, but you can call me Janet. I will be the new grant writing intern at EPIC.
I am a second year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School for Public and International Affairs studying International Development focusing on Human Security. My interest in education policy began in college when I took the course Child Development and Public Policy and began to realize just how much the outside world affects a child’s education and development. After graduating with my Bachelor’s in Psychology and French, I spent a year in China teaching English at the Zhengzhou University of Light Industry (ZZULI). The time spent with my students, mostly freshmen and sophomore girls from various villages nationwide, highlighted the importance of educating women in a developing country so that they can break the traditional molds and explore new avenues previously unavailable. Projects such as Photovoice are an innovative and personal way of engaging with students outside the classroom, and I’m eager to be involved.
Because of my Chinese background and time teaching in China, I have set a goal to expand my knowledge more about affairs world-wide. As an undergraduate, I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia and Cannes, France. This summer, I took a 6 week intensive course in Lithuanian at Pitt’s Summer Language Institute in conjunction with the Baltic Studies Summer Institute.
I’m very excited to be interning at EPIC this fall. I look forward to learning more about the current situation in Iraq, as well as the various projects we have in place for the coming months. The upcoming launch of Photovoice: Iraq project makes it an exciting time to be around EPIC! I am especially grateful for the opportunity to gain experience in the grant writing process.