Study programme Local and Regional Development
Year of graduation 2003
Country of origin Philippines
Current occupation Gender in Emergency Advisor
What made your time at ISS special? Meeting and learning from people from diverse backgrounds. Connecting theories and practices; learning not just from books but from the actual and diverse experiences of classmates and professors. Joining class trips and Scholas-organized trips.
What is your best memory of ISS? The International Day - we danced an ethnic Filipino dance while also enjoying the presentations and food from other cultures. Intense experience joining the anti-Iraq war demonstration in Amsterdam with 2 buses of ISS students (we came out of the bus looking like a UN delegation because of our diversity).
What does ISS mean to you now? ISS provides a platform for solid academic teaching while benefiting from the great balance of interacting with diverse students and professors.
Though located in the Netherlands, it does not present itself as a Dutch institution, rather a very global one.
In recent years, development and humanitarian sectors have started to embrace diversity, inclusion and decolonization which I think ISS has been shaping for a long time. These ideas and values contribute to the students’ consciousness and hopefully transcend to meaningful contributions towards a more equal and just world.