tanaya

TALIA
DEROGATIS

HOMETOWN:
Novi, MI
HIGH SCHOOL:
Novi High School 
MAJOR:
College of Social Studies and International Relations Certificate and Social, Critical, and Cultural Theory Certificate
STUDY ABROAD:
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
THESIS:

My thesis will be focused on assessing the effects of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on South African marginalized populations in terms of the social and economic development that was promised versus what was actually delivered. More specifically, I will be using the Marxist framework of “The Right to the City.” I plan to undertake some independent research in South Africa with the Wesleyan Davenport Study Grant this summer.

FAVORITE CLASS:

Inside Nazi Germany with Professor Grimmer-Solem. The material was intense, and there was a lot expected out of us, but it allowed me to understand every facet of life in Germany during Hitler’s rule. This period in history is so important because it changed our conception of justice forever.

CAMPUS
ACTIVITIES:

Since my freshman year, I have been a member of the Cardinal Sinners, Wesleyan’s oldest a cappella group. I’ve also been a member of various music ensembles through courses like Ebony Singers and Advanced South Indian Vocal. This semester, I will be in a student-written musical at the Second Stage and will be a member of the WesBurlesque ensemble. I am on the executive board for Shining Hope for Communities, a nonprofit created by a Wesleyan grad to promote girls’ education in Kibera, Kenya. 

FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:

I love celebrating milestones of the year on Foss Hill—especially in the spring—whether it’s the end of classes, finals, or the end of the College of Social Studies’ comprehensive exams.

OUTSIDE WESLEYAN:

I’ve conducted international policy research with a feminist lens for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals project. I spent my sophomore summer in India, working with a Wes grad to complete market research and impact assessments for her mobile-technology startup. I also worked on impact
assessment and microfinance research with the Grameen Bank. This summer, I’ll be working with another Wes alum at his new media and technology consulting firm.

AFTER WESLEYAN:

I want to complete various graduate degrees, including a dual MA/MBA in international policy and a PhD in development studies. Ideally this would all culminate in being able to restructure country-to-country aid flows at the World Bank/International Monetary Fund, but that’s a pretty long way off !

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