Tara Cavanagh

Cohort: 
2015 to 2017
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For me, MUNDUS MAPP is the culmination of those academic disciplines that originally put the spark in me to pursue a career that would make a positive impact on the world and the society that we live in today. Originally, my commitment to learning the "why" of every situation led me to take an interest in economics: to learn the complexities of why and how the world economy works and why people make the decisions that they do.  

Thus, I began my studies at Fordham University in New York City, USA, where I received my B.A. in International Political Economy with a concentration in Global Business. Over the course of my studies I learned about public policy, development, and governance, and discovered my niche in poverty studies. My research interests include the poverty traps, low-cost solutions to poverty, and microfinance.

I have interned at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA)  in New York City, an organization focused on preparing future and current aid workers with the knowledge and skills that they need to respond effectively in terms of disaster and crisis. I have also interned at Greenpop, a South African NGO with a mission to reconnect people with the environment and each other through planting trees and having fun doing it. 

The MUNDUS MAPP program provides a holistic approach to some of the major issues that afflict society today. This approach, along with a diverse and experienced student body, leads MUNDUS MAPP students to gain the knowledge, experience, skills, and contacts to pursue careers whose relevance continues to grow in the 21st century.

If you have any questions about the MUNDUS MAPP program or about the Institute of International Social Studies, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask me.

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