Headshot of Nikita Martin

International studies and political science major Nikita Martin '17 found her career niche with the Peace Corps thanks to BW.

Making people her priority

June 30, 2017

When Nikita Martin '17 steps onto the plane headed for Mozambique in August, she not only represents a past participant of BW's Peace Corps Preparatory Program, but also an example of how BW empowers students to become advocates for social justice in the world.

Headshot of Nikita MartinThe international studies and political science major has been involved in numerous advocacy, service and study abroad initiatives throughout her time at BW.

Among her activities was an internship in Washington, D.C., with Vital Voices, an organization focused on empowering female leaders.

This summer she is completing a fellowship program with the Cuyahoga County Executive Office, where she is working for the Division of Senior and Adult Services. She was among seven fellows chosen for the competitive honor.

A "Challenging, Life-Changing Experience"

A Berea, Ohio native, Martin will be a secondary education English teacher for 27 months in Mozambique. She chose the southeast African nation because of its participation in the Let Girls Learn initiative.

"Women's leadership and empowerment is a passion of mine," explained Martin. "Keeping young girls in school is important because Mozambique has a huge issue with girls dropping out early and in large numbers. I hope to make a positive impact on my students and the community.

"I know it will be an extremely challenging, rewarding and life-changing experience," she noted. "BW faculty and staff were instrumental in my decision to join the Peace Corps."