International Alumni News - Keeping in Touch

Important Information Issue No 1 | Spring Quarter | June 2010


Alumnus of the Month

Mami Yoshimura - Japan

Mami Yoshimura

Mami Yoshimura in Laos.

Mami Yoshimura attended GRCC from 1997 to 1999. She transferred to the University of Washington and graduated with a B.A. in Geography with distinction, and a minor in International Studies. She currently works for the United Nations.

"I am a staff member of the United Nations Development Programme. My duty station is in Africa in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. I work as a Gender + HIV/AIDS Programme Analyst for the HIV/AIDS Unit in UNDP Lesotho.

Green River College helped me to realize my dream to work for the United Nations. In the U.N, the ability to work harmoniously with persons of different nationalities and cultural background is essential. During my two years of study at GRCC and part-time work at the Student Office, I had interacted with various types of people with different ethnic backgrounds, culture and manner of living. Especially, I had closely worked with five different nationalities from the U.S, Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, and Sweden at the Student Office. They greatly helped me to understand how to communicate with people in a culturally sensitive manner. Since then, I became interested in working in a multicultural environment and eventually led me to study the field of international development at the Department of Geography at the University of Washington in Seattle. WA, U.S.A. 

Mami Yoshimura

Mami Yoshimura in Laos.

While I was studying at UW, I further became interested in the issues of gender and women’s empowerment and set my career goal to work in one of the United Nations organizations. It took me ten years to get a job at the U.N. During a series of telephone interviews with the U.N., I always shared my experiences in GRCC with the interviewees because my two years of experiences in GRCC has shaped who I am now. Because I have attended GRCC, I was able to cultivate a deep understanding in multiculturalism since my early 20s and to achieve my goal to work as a U.N officer.

Green River's robust International Program provided very valuable resource for international students. Dedicated advisors and fun activities made this study aboard experience better! Ross Jennings and IP advisors had guided me since my first day in Green River till I graduated. Even today, Ross still encourages and inspires me to go to the next level! Without their care, I wouldn't have gotten here today. Thank you! "

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