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Alicia Shears

Alicia ShearesAlicia Sheares is a graduating senior, international studies major and sociology minor from Philadelphia, Penn. At Spelman College, Sheares is involved in numerous organizations and has held various leadership positions including serving as President of Women Offering Representations that Heal; participated in the Women of Excellence Leadership Series Class of 2011; served as the co-chair of Model United Nations team for three years; and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Mu Pi Chapter. Sheares was also inducted into several honor societies including Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key, NSCS, Phi Beta Delta, Phi Alpha Theta, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Sheares also had several internship experiences throughout her collegiate career. During the summer of 2009, she traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, for two weeks with the Cross Cultural Solutions Program to teach English to pre-school and middle-school students and their teachers. That same summer, Sheares was an intern for the Department of State in Washington, D.C., where she worked on the Franklin Fellows Program in the Department of Human Resources. In the summer of 2010, Sheares was once again an intern with the Department of State in Rome, Italy, where she worked under the Ambassador for the United States Mission to the United Nations Agencies on the issue of food security.

During the summer of 2011, she participated in the Summer Research Opportunity Program at Northwestern University where she served as a research assistant under professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes, C’96. It was during this summer that Sheares discovered her passion for research. Upon completion of her Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil, she plans to pursue her doctorate in sociology and social policy with a focus on race/ethnicity, gender, identity and migration.

Sheares traveled to Brazil when she was just 14 through the People to People Student Ambassador Program, and it was a life-changing experience. Witnessing the rich culture, diverse people and extreme poverty, Sheares vowed to return to Brazil in the future. She is looking forward to her Fulbright fellowship in Brazil serving as a teaching assistant while becoming immersed in Brazilian culture by studying Portuguese, taking Samba and Capoeira classes, and by conducting detailed research on the impact of the African Diaspora in Brazil.