Want to connect with a student? Set up a meeting with one of our fellows!

The fellows program is an opportunity for interested undergraduate students  and returned GESI alum to work in the Global Engagement office. The fellows provide a vital student voice in every aspect of the program.

2017-2018 Buffett Fellows


Rekhia Adams

Rekhia is a sophomore from Trinidad and Tobago, pursuing a major in Theatre with a certificate in Musical Theatre. She joined the Buffet Institute after participating in GESI in the Dominican Republic in 2017. Rekhia hopes to pursue a minor in International Studies to focus on work in social justice and human rights and activism. Rekhia is also a member of CaribNation and Soul4Real Acapella group on campus. She is excited to serve as a fellow for the 2017-2018 year. When she isn't doing one of these, you can find Rekhia spending time with friends and catching up on every Netflix series available. 

Elijah Beal

Born and raised in Marion, Indiana, Elijah is a rising sophomore from Northwestern University with majors in Political Science and International Studies and a minor in Spanish. He is passionate about education equity, voting rights, and civic engagement. This summer, he will be participating in GESI Nicaragua. Outside of academics, Elijah is the President of the Chapin Humanities Residential College and is involved in Associated Student Government and the QuestBridge Scholars Chapter on campus. He loves to play piano, swim, explore Chicago, and watch political TV dramas. When he’s not trying to become fluent in Spanish, he can found on Twitter staying up-to-date on the freshest memes. Elijah is beyond excited to be a 2017-18 fellow.

Monica Garcia

Monica is a junior at Northwestern, majoring in Economics with a minor in Global Health Studies. She participated in GESI Dominican Republic in summer 2016 where she worked for Social Entrepreneurship Corps on a microsavings project. She is also involved on campus as the Multicultural Greek Council delegate for her Latina service sorority, Kappa Delta Chi, and the treasurer for I Am That Girl, a women’s empowerment group. In her free time, Monica enjoys exploring Chicago, trying new foods (especially desserts), and shopping for the coolest vintage pieces.

Jocelyn Vargas

Jocelyn Vargas is a fourth year student majoring in Sociology with a minor in Latinx studies. On campus, Jocelyn can be seen doing community service with her Multicultural Sorority, Kappa Delta Chi, or for organizations like NU Gives Back, Relay for Life, and Phi Sigma Pi. Born and raised in Chicago, Jocelyn enjoys the fun that each season brings to the Windy City, such as pumpkin carving, ice-skating, planting flowers, and swimming at the beach. If she is not found in the kitchen preparing a home cooked meal or walking her dogs, Snoopy and Oscar, she is looking for new restaurants to try and neighborhoods to explore in her lovely city.

Parker Levinson

Parker is a senior at Northwestern, double majoring in Environmental Sciences and African Studies with the career goal of working in wildlife conservation. She first became involved with the Buffett Institute by participating in GESI Kenya in the fall of 2015 when she worked with at NEHCIP, an environmental NGO, and became quite familiar with ugali and goats. For the summer of 2016, she received a grant from Buffett to intern at an ecotourism hotel in Brazil. Outside of Buffett, she is involved with the club Equestrian team, Alternative Student Breaks, and the Panhellenic Association, but Parker's true passions are jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and exploring new places.

Kira Riley

Kira is an enthusiastic undergraduate student studying Psychology and International Studies. Kira is a Chicago native from the South Side where she developed her interests in communal mental health from her experiences with Chicago's structural and local violence. Kira became more interested in the global impact of mental health and health systems through taking Global Health courses and courses that discuss the impact of race, class and gender. Kira is currently serving the Northwestern community through mentorship opportunities and being the President of the Bio&ChemEXCEL Leadership Council that supports minority, first-generation, and low-income undergraduate students in STEM. Kira is excited to take the role as a Fellow with the Buffett Institute so that she can continue to learn about global issues and engage her peers.