For Julianne DeGuardi ’17, curiosity has fueled her ambitious exploration as a student and as a graduate. Now, she will be able to use her insatiable drive to learn, teach others, and make a difference as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant recipient.
During her senior year at St. Lawrence, in between meetings with her advisor, exams, papers, a weekly shift at the Language Resource Center, and Laurentian Singers rehearsals, DeGuardi made regular Friday- or Saturday-afternoon trips to a dairy farm in Hermon, N.Y. There, she conducted English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for migrant dairy farmers, helping them learn about their health and safety rights while investigating their journey to the North Country and the global trends that brought them there. Her Fulbright grant will allow her to teach English in Ecuador this upcoming October.
DeGuardi, who was a Spanish and global studies double major at St. Lawrence, is the 11th St. Lawrence graduate to receive this honor and the first to teach in Ecuador. She is passionate about immigration advocacy in the U.S., and this grant will allow her to continue exploring the questions and challenges regarding displacement and immigration that sparked her interest as a student.