Tiffany Ornelas

“My time abroad has opened my eyes in many ways. I implore you to focus on how governments, locally and nationally, function across the globe, during the course of your studies.”

Home: San Francisco, California

UT Dallas Degree: BA - Government and Politics, Master of Public Affairs
Profession: Team Leader, Nonviolent Peaceforce

My Work

Nonviolent Peaceforce focuses on violence reduction and prevention by working at the grassroots level with community-based organizations, government officials, military, chiefs, women’s groups and other international agencies in information sharing and gathering. We provided trainings on gender-based violence prevention and reduction, child protection and community protection. Additionally, we have provided protective accompaniment to vulnerable groups, such as underage minors. We have also assisted in forming mechanisms for communities to prevent conflict and respond better in case of emergencies with standard operating procedures and contingency plans.

As team leader, I managed national and international employees on my field team, which was based in the Yida Refugee Camp, Unity State, South Sudan. I was in charge of logistics, security, finances and human resources, along with ensuring the implementation of our programs.

The Value of My Degree

Certain courses I took, especially those with Dr. Jennifer Holmes, allowed me to see the complexity of cultures and the sensitivity needed when working in other countries. The nonprofit courses I took were also valuable, especially when it came to writing our own proposals - something I did often.

My EPPS Success

During my time at UT Dallas, I had the following honors: President, Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority Inc.; Student Government Graduate Seat; Graduate and International Student Council Seat; Mentor, Llaves del Exito; Treasurer, League of United Latin American Citizens; Mentor, Success Through Academic Support and Resources.

Advice for EPPS Students

My time abroad has opened my eyes in many ways. I implore you to focus on how governments, locally and nationally, function across the globe, during the course of your studies.

Other Interests

I enjoy traveling because it allows me to make friends with people from different countries and learn about their lives. I also enjoy photography.

 

Posted June 2012