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Student Profiles: Christine Slaughter and Kaitlyn Thomas, C'2015

This semester,  juniors Christine Slaughter and Kaitlyn Thomas are studying abroad in Durban, South Africa, through the Social and Political Transformation program of the School for International Training.

The program began in Johannesburg, where both students visited Freedom Park, Soweto Township, the Apartheid Museum and the Union building - the home of the newly erected Nelson Mandela statue.

Slaughter and Thomas are currently living with Zulu families and learning the Zulu language, cultures, and values. The program is centered around exploring the transformation of post-conflict South Africa. While in Durban, both students will serve at the iCare Foundation, which targets homeless children living in Durban.

 In the midst of election season and the 20th anniversary of a free and fair election, Slaughter plans to research the political rhetoric of black South African women politicians in shaping the national consciousness. A Joseph A. Towles and Martin Yannuck scholarship recipient, Slaughter is an honors political science and comparative women’s studies major who plans to work with the African National Congress during the election season.

Thomas, an international studies major minoring in French, plans to attend graduate school for sports administration. She plans to pursue a career that combines international cultures through sports, travel, or health and wellness.

Pictured: Christine Slaughter, right, and Kaitlyn Thomas, left.