“A carton of eggs,” says Priscilla Guerrero. “That was my thank you gift and payment from my first client in South Africa: the daughter of a chicken breeder. Her 4-year-old son Tim was being denied citizenship in South Africa despite being born there.”
Guerrero, an evening student at Suffolk Law, spent the summer after her second year in law school as an intern for the Legal Resource Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa. “I worked on a number of cases, including a landmark class action against the Department of Education, which required a trip to Transkei to collect affidavits that would bring furniture and toilets to mud schools where poverty is rampant. I also assisted in a lawsuit brought on behalf of the residents of Kwa-Ndancama, where residents living in dire conditions have been waiting since 2004 for the construction of new homes,” she says.
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Suffolk students traveled to India and Cambodia over winter break to help build homes and experience unfamiliar cultures—and they came home feeling like family.
Mixing cement, laying bricks, and nailing down a bamboo floor have a way of bringing people together, according to Paul Mucci, Jr., class of 2017, who visited Cambodia in January through Suffolk’s alternative winter break service learning program. “We all worked together, ate together, and had fun together,” said Mucci, a government major and U.S Army veteran. “It was like we were all part of one big family. I had the time of my life.”
Mucci and other students learned about India and Cambodia through the Conflict and Development in Asia course taught by government professor Roberto Dominguez.
“We went to learn, to help two families build homes, and to experience another culture,” said Gabrielle Elderd, the student leader on the trip to India. Elderd, class of 2017, said the most rewarding part of the journey was laboring as a collective to help others improve their lives. “We worked hard, got dirty, saw the Taj Mahal, made new friends, and fell in love with a beautiful and intelligent country,” said Elderd, a finance and marketing major, who said she’s inspired to continue service—in India or elsewhere.
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“Suffolk University has immersed me in globalization,” says Omar Hernandez, a management major in the class of 2017. “I was dropped into a diverse city with people from all over the world and learned to communicate clearly across diverse cultures.”
Hernandez feels lucky to have experienced both the Israel and China travel seminars, and to have taken summer classes at Suffolk's Madrid campus. “I was also president of the Model United Nations Club; my fellow participants represented 12 different nationalities,” he says. “With each of those experiences, my cultural understanding grew exponentially.”
Anne Stevenson JD’17 was a summer intern in Galway, Ireland during the summer of 2016. She also was a judicial clerk intern in Suffolk County Juvenile Court in Boston. Learn more online about Suffolk’s partnership with the National University of Ireland at Galway and Ireland Public Interest Internship program.
“Last summer, Suffolk University School of Law’s exchange program with the National University of Ireland’s School of Law-Galway (Galway Law) provided me with a highly individualized educational experience, as well as hands on work experience that future employers would find valuable.
During the last week of May, I attended a week of intensive law courses at Galway Law in a class that was a mix of American and Irish students. Irish professors taught us the basic principles of Irish history and the Irish legal system with the goal of preparing the class for work in public interest internships throughout Ireland.
For the months of June and July, I was placed in a nine-week internship at the Child Care Law Reporting Project in Dublin. The Reporting Project was founded by a former editor of the Irish Times and a retired Irish Supreme Court justice. The purpose is to educate the public about Irish child welfare court proceedings (which are closed to the public).”
Carlos Rufin, Leading by Example.
In an increasingly globalized business climate, Dr. Carlos Rufin is tasked with making sure Suffolk business students enter the workforce as well-traveled, multicultural citizens.
As director of undergraduate international programs, Rufin oversees the Global Travel Seminars, which place groups of students in challenging and enlightening business contexts abroad.