Rebecca H. Jeudin

Graduate Researcher at the Center for Disaster Management GSPIA

Location
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Industry
International Affairs
Current
  1. Congolese Union of Pittsburgh,
  2. The Center for Disaster Management at GSPIA
Previous
  1. Institute for International Studies in Education,
  2. Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership,
  3. United Nations OCHA
Education
  1. University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
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Background

Summary

Masters of Public and International Affairs graduate specializing in policy analysis, program management and evaluation. Experienced in collaborating with diverse international teams, data analytics, and Geographic Information Systems map development. Native fluency in English, French, and Creole.

Experience

Advisory Board Member

Congolese Union of Pittsburgh
– Present (4 months)Pittsburgh

Graduate Researcher

The Center for Disaster Management at GSPIA
– Present (2 years 1 month)University of Pittsburgh

•Helped design a pilot project in Haiti promoting a collective approach to disaster risk reduction in partnership with the State University of Haiti and Quisqueya University of Haiti.
•Effected field surveys with local partners using the Global Earthquake Model Inventory Data Capture Tool
•Executed analysis in GIS including map development with spatial and network analysis, database design and maintenance, data manipulation and interoperability in Excel and PowerPoint for report
•Led the technical training of our team members in the applications of GIS for risk analysis in Haiti
•Coordinated meetings with our partners in Haiti, including acting as translator during three field trips and participating in the project presentation at the Understanding Risk Haiti Conference.
•Supported the development of a prototype ‘knowledge commons’ to facilitate decision making and inter-organizational learning among public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Project Associate

Institute for International Studies in Education
(4 months)University of Pittsburgh

• Conducted a historical mapping project of pioneer leaders in Comparative International and Development Education (CIDE) in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Performed qualitative data analysis of surveys and interviews
• Composed a report identifying CIDE theories shaping education in Latin America

Graduate Student Assistant

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership
(1 year 8 months)University of Pittsburgh

• Helped prepared the institute’s leadership profiles for GSPIA publication and award ceremony.
• Assisted with research and daily functions of the Johnson Institute.

Research Intern

United Nations OCHA
(2 months)Haiti

• Compiled and analyzed documents for Haiti’s national inter-agency contingency plan.
• Supported capacity building sessions with local and regional leaders for evaluation assessments and emergency response efforts in Haiti.
• Prepared document analysis, stock information and translation for the 2013 hurricane season in Haiti; updated OCHA coordination databases.

Social Science and Science Instructor

ESF Dream Camp Foundation
(1 year)Girard College Dream Camp

• Organized daily lesson plans to implement and teach the ESF curriculum.
• Used effective classroom management skills to lead activities and bring lessons to life for students.
• Created an inclusive learning environment to promote creativity, critical thinking, and participation.

English Language Teacher

French National Département of Education
(8 months)Besançon Area, France

• Created curriculum, facilitated lessons and evaluated language comprehension for six grade levels amounting to 300+ students in two primary schools.
• Piloted a young author’s course to develop student works as a language base application; still in use.
• Produced lesson recordings for the Académie for assessments and curriculum development.

AmeriCorps Member, Community Service Coordinator

City Year Greater Philadelphia
(11 months)Greater Philadelphia Area

• Developed project proposals for fundraising, civic engagement and local partnership.
• Managed community service and after school programs in student civic engagement, mentoring, tutoring and dozens of large mural projects.
• Guided service-relevant training, reporting and coordination of team Legacy Projects.
• Worked with the Diplomas Now initiative to improve student course performance, attendance and behavior to reduce dropout rates through mentoring and tutoring.
• Monitored and evaluated personal and academic growth of students, creating action plans when required.


Corps Council Co-Chair
•Served as the team representative to the Corps Council and on standing committee
•Facilitated over meeting agenda and presided over the Corps Council General Assembly
•Created and managed CorpsExpression a Blog dedicated to the creative expression of the Corps

Conference moderator and Creole-French-English translator

International Action Center
(1 month)Atlanta, GA

Haiti Will Rise Again: Conversations with Haitian Grassroots Organizers on reconstruction, national sovereignty and occupation in the post 2010 Earthquakes

President, 1st chair Viola

Atlanta University Center Symphony Orchestra (AUCSO)
(3 years 10 months)Spelman College

• Directed the Orchestra as President and Presided over the AUCSO Student Council to manage the orchestra business
• Led the viola section as Sectional Leader and First Chair
• Piloted the writing and implementation of the AUCSO student handbook and led the AUCSO charter in the three of universities that make up the Atlanta University Center (Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University)

Intern, Policy Research

US Human Rights Network
(4 months)

• Prepared USHRN reports for the United Nations Commission of Universal Periodic Review.
• Researched human rights issues for the USHRN reports for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
• Researched and drafted reports on the impact of international human rights laws on national policies.

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) – Intern, Research

Council of Europe
(4 months)Strasbourg Area, France

Intern in Office of Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs
• Managed a research project on hate speech in political discourse in the member states of the COE.
• Formulated a general recommendation report published by Council of Europe on behalf of ECRI.
• Observed the European Court of Human Rights hearings and COE procedures on behalf of ECRI.

Certifications

Latin American Social and Public Policy Certificate(Link)

Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh
– Present

Global Studies Sustainable Development Certificate(Link)

Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
– Present

Publications

Analysis of policies and policy options for the improvement of food security in Haiti through rural agricultural development(Link)

Pitt Policy Journal (University of Pittsburgh GSPIA
June 2014

Haiti’s food insecurity is complex and chronic. Today, an estimated 67 percent of Haiti’s population of around ten million are food insecure and live daily with the threats of hunger and starvation. The status quo is unacceptable, and the country cannot afford to continue this course.
Haiti’s food insecurity has three categories of causes. The first include historical handicaps following its independence: the destruction of plantations, international embargos, and the forced payment of indemnity to France. The second are the neoliberal economic reforms that made the Haitian economy one of the most open to imports and food aid and resulted in the destruction of local agriculture’s capacity to compete. The last are land management problems, including both the inefficient land tenure system inherited from the French and the effects of decades of deforestation, which affect significantly the country’s agricultural production.
In order to advise policies for long-term food security in Haiti this article conducts a retrospective analysis of three rural agricultural development projects. Learning from the retrospective analysis, this paper then analyzes three policy options to address Haiti’s prospects for enhancing food security by rebuilding the country’s internal agricultural capacity. The first course of action requires significant investment in rural agricultural development. The second advises the international organizations providing food aid to Haiti in the form of rice to buy Haiti’s domestically produced rice instead of importing rice. This policy also suggests investing ten percent of foreign aid to develop local rice production for export. The last option promotes investment in natural resources conservation through a national plan of reforestation and tree seedling distribution. This article concludes by recommending reforestation as the best, most realistic option to begin to address Haiti’s food insecurity.

Honors & Awards

Two year Merit Scholarship

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

The David Oeler Award in Information Systems

GSPIA Awards Committee

This award is given to an outstanding student in the field of information systems. The winner is selected by the GSPIA Awards Committee.

Additional Honors & Awards

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society for Political Science
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society
Spelman College Dean’s List/ Honors List
Spelman College Prize for Research in Political Science
Spelman Women of Excellence in professional Training Graduate
Mickey Leland International Studies Academic Scholarship
United Negro College Fund Build the Future Leader two year Academic Scholarship
Spelman College Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Four Year Academic Scholarship
Atlanta University Center Symphony Orchestra Four Year Music Scholarship

Courses

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Administration of Public Affairs
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Political Economy
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • Social development in International Organization
  • Latin America Economic Development
  • Economics of Development
  • GIS for Public Policy
  • Managing Emergencies and Disasters
  • Log Frame and development Planning
  • State Building
  • Project Design and Evaluation: Capstone
  • Development Policy and Administration
  • Economics for Public Affairs
  • Politics of Latin America Economic Relations

Council of Europe

  • Comparative Education

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Translator

Ushahidi Haiti @ Tufts University
(3 months)Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

Volunteered as a translator with USHAHIDI, plotting requests for aid on a map to optimize NGO aid delivery during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti

Opportunities Rebecca H. is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board
  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes Rebecca H. cares about:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Human Rights
  • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
  • Politics
  • Poverty Alleviation

Organizations Rebecca H. supports:

Skills

  • International Relations
  • Research
  • Nonprofits
  • Public Speaking
  • International...
  • Teaching
  • Program Management
  • Fundraising
  • Political Science
  • International Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Event Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Community Service
  • Strategic Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Qualitative Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • French
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Languages

  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. French

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  3. Haitian Creole

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  4. Italian

    Elementary proficiency

Education

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Master's degree, Public and International Affairs

Activities and Societies: International Political Economy Society

Spelman College

BA, International Studies, Political Science

Senior Thesis:
Coup D’état’s: Economic implication for the Underdeveloped World. Is there a correlation between the occurrence of a coup d’etat and the nature of a state’s economy in the international system?

Activities and Societies: World Model United Nations, International Students Organization, Atlanta University Center Symphony Orchestra, Spelman-Morehouse String quartet, Caribbean American Student Association, Haitian Student Association, Community Service Programs

Robert Schuman University

Political Science, European Human Rights Law, International Studies

Senior Thesis:
Racism And Xenophobia in European Political Discourse: Trends in multicultural societies as agents of socialization pertaining to immigration.

Activities and Societies: Etudiant Erasmus

Additional Info

  1. Interests

    • International Relations,
    • Politics,
    • International development,
    • Foreign Affairs,
    • Policy research,
    • Human Rights,
    • Travel,
    • Photography
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