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Keely Swan

Keely graduated in 2007 with a Special Studies major in International Studies. While at F&M, she took courses in Spanish and French and spent a semester abroad in Geneva, Switzerland living with a French-speaking host family. Keely is currently working at the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University as the coordinator for the international "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign." Since the campaign started in 1991, over 2,000 non-governmental organizations from 156 countries have participated.

Each year, CWGL produces a Take Action Kit in English, Spanish, and French for the campaign. Keely continues to use her linguistic skills on a regular basis when interacting with women's organizations from different regions of the world. In November, she attended the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Although many of the formal sessions had simultaneous translation into English, Spanish, French, and Arabic, she found her French particularly useful when speaking informally with women from Francophone African organizations about the 16 DaysCampaign. Keely is particularly grateful for the courses she took with the Modern Language Department at F&M, realizing that linguistic skills are crucial to any kind of work in the international arena.