Alumni lead Flash Seminar on NGO careers

St. Lawrence's new Global Dialogue Center recently hosted a "Flash Seminar" featuring two young alumni who led a discussion on careers in the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector. Jana Morgan '07 and Jordan Pescrillo '12 spoke about their experiences as SLU students, reflected on how they were able to build upon these experiences as they transitioned to NGO work, and responded to questions from students eager to learn more about how to prepare for a career in the NGO field. 

The event, the first in this year's ongoing series of informal discussions on a range of global topics, attracted a crowd of more than 25 students majoring in Global Studies, Government, Multi-Language, Anthropology, and other fields.  Career Services staff were also on hand to join the conversation and share their insights. 

Morgan graduated from St. Lawrence in 2007 with a B.A. in Government, then completed an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  Her studies and work have seen her spend time in a range of countries from central Africa to Europe to South Asia. She has several years of experience in the NGO sector in the areas of corporate and government transparency, resource extraction, and human rights.  She was recently hired to begin a new position as National Coordinator for Publish What You Pay, a global NGO focusing on extractive industries in the developing world.  She is also Co-Director of the Weave, an SLU-based independent media organization that seeks to spotlight underreported stories. 

Pescrillo graduated from St. Lawrence in 2012 with a B.A. in Global Studies. While at SLU she was heavily involved in a range of groups and initiatives including Literacy for Nepal, the Weave, and the Java Barn.  Her interests lie in the area of grassroots education, a theme she explored while studying and doing research abroad in Kenya and Nepal.  She is currently based in Buffalo, where she works as an Education Advocate for the International Institute of Buffalo.