Global Advocacy Mission Scholarships support students that come to VLS with a cause and who will use the power of the law to make a difference in their communities and the world. Our scholars are selected based upon outstanding academic credentials and a demonstrated passion and commitment to international issues.
2016 Global Advocacy Mission Scholars
Phanuelle Duchatelier-Alexandre joins VLS from Alexandria, Virginia. Before joining VLS, Phanuelle worked as a translator and interpreter in various legal clinics as well as with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) as a Program Assistant. This professional experience added to her passion to educate her community about refugees, undocumented immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking. Originally from Haiti, Phanuelle’s passion is to advocate for marginalized and disenfranchised groups and she aspires to use the rule of law to develop tools to empower these groups to give them a voice and take charge of their own fate.
Sasha is a 1L from Northampton, MA. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont, majoring in German and minoring in Math and Physics. She studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany, and while there became interested in the migrant crisis in Europe. Sasha did research at UVM on the attitudes toward immigrants both in Germany and the United States. During her undergraduate summers, she worked as a Customized Faculty-Led Programs Assistant with CISabroad, a study abroad company. She created short-term faculty-led programs for university students to travel and learn around the world.
Miranda is a 2L from Fargo, ND. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with majors in Global Studies and Chinese and minors in English Writing and French. Before coming to Vermont Law School, Miranda performed research for a former college professor on citizen activism in China, which sparked her interest in environmental law. She also spent a year between college and law school working as a legal assistant at the Fargo City Prosecutor's Office. In the future, she hopes to combine her law degree with her interest in international and environmental issues.
Andrew Kenney is a 2L JD student from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Andrew attended St. Michael’s College in Burlington, VT for his undergraduate studies and majored in Environmental Studies with dual minors in Philosophy and Political Science. Andrew's academic focus at St. Michael's College was International Environmental law and policy. His thesis dealt with the issues of apex predator loss on a global scale and how it impacts the trophic level. Andrew has participated in educational and community service trips in Peru and Guyana and hopes to focus on South American environmental law and policy while at VLS. Andrew's interests include hiking, photography, playing rugby, traveling, watching Boston sports teams and spending time with friends and family. Andrew is also a member of the VLS Animal Law Society, International Law Society, Rugby Team, and the Food and Ag Law Society.
Before coming to VLS, Amanda attended Middlebury College, where she majored in International Studies with a focus on Europe. Upon graduation, she received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to pursue a master’s degree in Germany. She earned her Master’s in Political Science at Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main. During her studies in Frankfurt, she received an ERASMUS scholarship to attend IEP Sciences Po Lyon for a semester. She also interned at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (HSFK) and the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders.” Her focus was on International Relations, specifically transatlantic relations. Amanda is fluent in several languages and is specifically interested in international diplomacy concerning energy dependency, free trade agreements and human rights.
Serena comes from Arlington, Texas. She earned her Bachelor's degree at American University, where she majored in International Relations, with an area focus in Europe, and policy focus in International Environmental Politics. While at AU, she focused her studies on the intersection of international trade with sustainable agriculture; she wrote her capstone on food sovereignty between the different political regimes of Mussolini and Castro. After graduated from AU, Serena studied abroad at Victoria University, in Wellington, New Zealand, where she focused on environmental economics. Prior to entering law school, Serena was a local food advocate and cheesemonger in New York City. The the future, she hopes to use her work and academic experiences to shape domestic and international food policy.