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The Department of State and the Gilman Scholarship Program is proud to introduce the A. Gilman Podcast. A monthly podcast produced by the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship team. Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship program even application tips and tricks. Plus get tips straight from our alumni on all things travel, career and more!

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The Department of State and the Gilman Scholarship Program is proud to introduce the A. Gilman Podcast. A monthly podcast produced by the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship team. Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship program even application tips and tricks. Plus get tips straight from our alumni on all things travel, career and more!

    Meet Our Video Contest Winners: Part 1

    Meet Our Video Contest Winners: Part 1

    The winners of the Gilman Scholarship Program’s 20th Anniversary Video Contest have been selected! The judges were beyond impressed by the creativity exhibited in the dozens of entries we received. We decided this would be a great opportunity to invite as many of our winners as possible to share with our audience how they created their entries and much more. For this first chapter in this two-part series, we have invited two runner-ups, Morgan Kennedy (Ireland, 2012) and Devin Sommer (Turkey, 2011) to join us. You can view both of their entries on the Gilman Scholarship Program’s YouTube channel. 

    Devin is an Artist, Grant Writer, and Small Business Owner in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. An outspoken advocate for international education, he believes it should be a core component of the education system. Blending business and the arts, Devin collaborates with community leaders and international artists, seeking to overcome cultural divides by engaging youth at home and abroad through the mediums of Blues, Jazz, & Hip Hop.  

    Morgan is a public health communications professional currently working in indigenous health and knowledge translation. Part nomad, part foodie, and part photographer, she has fallen in love with world travel since her first study abroad experience in college. She has an appetite for adventure and is guided by her belief that health is a human right. 

    Connect with Devin, Honey Pickles, and Figpickles on Instagram! 

    Connect with Morgan on Instagram and check out her website, Dear Joanie! 

    • 29 min
    A Journey from the U.S. Navy to China with Jonathan Banasihan

    A Journey from the U.S. Navy to China with Jonathan Banasihan

    The A. Gilman Podcast is ready to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month and Military Appreciation Month alongside Gilman alumnus, Jonathan Banasihan (China, 2019). As a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Jonathan reflects on his time in the Navy. He explains how his global ambassadorship experience in the military extended into his approach as a global ambassador as a Gilman Scholar. Jonathan also offers insights into the challenges faced by non-traditional college students and how international education professionals and advisors can make studying abroad more accessible to those populations. 

     

    Jonathan Banasihan is a U.S. Navy veteran and prior aircraft mechanic who transitioned into their undergraduate degree in International Studies in 2016 at American University located in the District of Columbia. Jonathan went abroad with the Gilman Scholarship Program in the summer of 2019 to study Chinese in Beijing, China. He graduated in 2020 and currently works in the legal field conducting export compliance at Raytheon Technologies. 

     

    Connect with Jonathan on LinkedIn or the Gilman Scholar Network for other Gilman alumni!

    • 22 min
    Generational Impact: A 20-Year Gilman Alumnus Looks Back with Anthony Latta

    Generational Impact: A 20-Year Gilman Alumnus Looks Back with Anthony Latta

    Anthony Latta joins the podcast for the final episode of 2021. This month marks the end of Gilman's 20th Anniversary and Anthony reflects upon the life-changing exchange experience he had 20-years-ago. He also takes listeners behind the scenes of his involvement in Gilman’s video series looking back at the program’s impact. Anthony dives deeper into his time abroad learning Russian and how his time learning the language at Texas Tech University prepared him for success

    Anthony is a corporate finance leader with more than 20 years of experience in international development and technology. He holds a BA in Russian Language, an MBA, and an MS in Finance. Anthony went on exchange with the help of the Gilman Scholarship and the Boren Scholarship in 2001 to Moscow, Russia.

    Connect with Anthony on LinkedIn! 

    • 20 min
    Paving the Way for Indigenous International Exchange with Kimberly Fuqua

    Paving the Way for Indigenous International Exchange with Kimberly Fuqua

    Happy Native American History Month from the Gilman Scholarship Program! For our first episode honoring our Tribal Gilman Scholars, Kimberly Fuqua (England, 2018) joins the podcast to discuss how her Indigenous heritage impacted her exchange experience. Kimberly reflects on her experience growing up as a Native American and how she was able to create and find a new community while on exchange in Europe. Kimberly concludes with offering some valuable advice for exchange students across all walks of life on how to balance exploration and studies while also traveling on a budget.  

    A proud member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Kimberly Fuqua is a former special education teacher, devoting 10 years of her life serving students with learning disabilities within and around her hometown of Pembroke, North Carolina. She is the mother of two boys and enjoys spending time with her best friend, her mother. She recently graduated with her master’s from Cornell University where she majored in Public Administration with a concentration in social educational policy and served as a diversity and inclusion fellow. Kimberly currently resides in Schenectady, New York working for the New York State Department of Transportation and is actively involved in her Indigenous identity and served as the co-president of the Indigenous Graduate Student Association.

    Connect with Kimberly on LinkedIn.

    • 19 min
    Battling Hurricane Ida and Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Héctor Huyke

    Battling Hurricane Ida and Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Héctor Huyke

    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month from the Gilman Scholarship Program! Alumni Ambassador Héctor Huyke joins the A. Gilman Podcast to discuss how he and his team at FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) prepared for Hurricane Ida, floods, earthquakes, and a multitude of other natural disasters. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Héctor goes into detail about what this time of year means to him and why he hopes future Hispanic and Latinx students take advantage of study abroad. He offers valuable advice on what to look for in your exchange journey, and how you can bring your experience home. 

    Héctor Huyke (Spain, 2016) used to be a writer, tutor, and journalist in Puerto Rico before Hurricane María. In the aftermath of the disaster, he started working in FEMA’s digital communications team in 2017. Since then he has continued to dedicate himself to serve Latinx communities before, during, and after disasters with a multifaceted and bilingual approach to crisis communications. As part of FEMA’s Digital Communications Team, Hector has contributed to both small and major response and recovery efforts throughout the nation, including hurricanes, wildfires, COVID-19, and earthquakes.

    Connect with Héctor through email at hectorjuanhuyke@gmail.com.

    • 22 min
    From Café au Lait to Java with Daniela Castro

    From Café au Lait to Java with Daniela Castro

    Join the A. Gilman Podcast as we continue to celebrate 20 years of the Gilman Scholarship Program for this special storytelling episode featuring Daniela Castro (France, 2017). In celebration of the Gilman Global Experience Blog officially merging with the Gilman Scholarship website, we invited Daniela to expand on her story featured on the Gilman Global Experience Blog. She shares how her travels and studies in France led her to leave her doctorate pursuits to a career embracing three of the most important languages in the world: French, Math, and Computer Science.

    Daniela Castro is a Gilman and Teach for America alumna and current coding instructor with Karlie Kloss’ foundation: Kode with Klossy. Daniela is based in Dallas, TX, and currently holds Master's Degrees from Texas A&M University and Southern Methodist University and a Bachelors of Arts in French and Biomathematics from Florida State University. She will also be competing for the title of Miss Texas 2021 this year. 

    Connect with Daniela on LinkedIn or Instagram!

    Background Music by Eric Van de Westen

    Sound Effects Provided by Gaming Sounds FX

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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brogule ,

Thank you!!

As a Gilman alum this podcast has opened my eyes to the breadth of opportunities that are out there for me! I love hearing about what other alumni are doing and knowing that my time traveling is far from over! Thank you for such a great podcast!

happy person 167 ,

Love this!

What a cool podcast! I am inspired by the stories and the impact international experiences have had on the guests. Transformed lives and endless possibilities. Thanks for a great podcast!

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