My name is Ivey Dyson and I am an International Development major and International Security Studies minor at the University of Oklahoma. Human rights has always been a passion of mine. In high school I was able to fundraise for the hungry in my hometown and do a clothing drive for our local women’s shelter as well as volunteer with other organizations.
That passion grew into an interest in policy and international issues. As a former NPR/World Views and Journal Record Legislative Report intern, involvement in local government and international programs is important to me.
Through internships and international exposure at the University and abroad, I have learned to effectively facilitate conversations between persons with different ideals, to break down barriers, to push others to succeed by enhancing their leadership skills, and to organize events with top efficiency.
I one day hope to complete a Peace Corps service or Fulbright program researching children’s rights within the Middle East or within the Syrian refugee crisis and earn a Juris Doctorate with a focus on the human rights while continuing to fight for rights for women, minorities, children and the poverty stricken through micro-finance efforts and economic empowerment programs.
I began this blog as a requirement for the Global Engagement Fellowship program but have really made it my own. This is where I go to dump my late-night thoughts and daily musings.
I just concluded a semester in Arezzo, Italy learning about art, history, gender, politics and government. I also spent the summer at the London School of Economics studying with students from over 110 countries. I learned about International Relations and made many life-long friends.
When I’m not blogging you can find me watching The Office, promoting women’s rights, nerding out over Harry Potter, talking about mental health issues or somewhere on campus doing something to better my university.
I hope this blog brings as much joy to you reading it as it does to me writing it.