We're thrilled to announce that Yazmin Baptiste (IES Abroad Rabat, Fall 2018 & IES Abroad Rome, Spring 2019 | Lafayette College) has been named our 2019 Global Citizen of the Year for her dedicated support to refugee and immigrant communities in Rabat, as well as through her volunteering and independent research in Rome. She, along with the three Finalists, embody the best of global leadership through their desire to not just explore the world, but to give back to it through purposeful action.
What stood out about Yazmin's application was her multi-layered approach to advocacy and research throughout her time abroad and her continued commitment when she returned home. During her time in Rabat she taught English to immigrant and refugee communities through the Foundation Orient-Occident. When she was in Rome she engaged in volunteer work at Hands Off Cain, where she assisted the organization in their goal of ending the death penalty worldwide. She also conducted independent research into the negative impact that for-profit companies in Italy have on immigration.
Her understanding of immigration beyond a U.S. context further emphasizes her dedication to her efforts. Additionally, she is currently working on a “mental health invisible tour” on her campus, to bring together narratives of how mental health is uniquely experienced on her campus. This concept came from an “invisible tour” Baptiste took in Rome, and she hopes to launch it soon.