Whitney Grespin, International Affairs Professional
Whitney Grespin was recently named one of Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy's "99 Under 33" foreign policy leaders in the category of "Shapers," who "change the public discourse on an aspect of foreign policy or raise awareness on a critical issue." She is particularly interested in her most recent work applying UAS (unmanned aerials system) battlefield technology to other efforts, such as humanitarian interventions, and wildlife conservation. Whitney has also applied her professional background in international educational programming to program management efforts international security sector reform programs, which have supported Department of Defense efforts overseas, and contributed to broader international stability efforts.
Whitney says the study abroad opportunities at Duquesne were valuable for her, having taken advantage of such programs three times in Tanzania, Duquesne's Italian campus in Rome, and the shipboard Semester at Sea program. "Duquesne taught me that learning doesn't happen only in the classroom, and knowledge doesn't come strictly from books. The mission of educating the heart, mind, and soul has encouraged me to be a lifelong learner. I continuously pursue personal and professional development opportunities in an effort to improve my quality of life by learning more about the world, and participating in as much of the human experience as possible," she has said.
"Without the vast international experience I gained through Duquesne, I would not have been able to pursue later professional opportunities that led me to work on education and capacity building programs on five continents and in support of the coalition effort in Afghanistan."
After receiving her BA in Art History from Duquesne in 2006, she went on to earn a Masters of International and Public Affairs in Human Security from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. She is currently pursuing a certification in Secondary Education for Social Studies and a graduate certificate in Homeland Security from Penn State.