Jenna Dixon (MAIS 2015) currently works as a Verification Officer for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, verifying the social, political and economic reincorporation of FARC ex-combatants and the security of rural communities in accordance with the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC. She previously worked as a Field Officer for the UN Mission in Colombia, and as a Resettlement Analyst for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Costa Rica and Ecuador.
This work builds on the interest and expertise in Latin America that Jenna developed through her studies as an undergraduate and graduate student at SFU’s School for International Studies. During her undergrad, Jenna did an extended minor in Latin American Studies as well as an exchange term at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires and was involved with the Latin American Studies Student Union. In the MA program, Jenna focused one of her final extended essays on the Colombian refugee situation.
Jenna chose the MAIS program mainly because of the excellent experience she had with the SIS professors and staff while in the undergraduate program at SFU, and she highly recommends the co-op program for both undergraduates and graduates. She left SFU with a network of colleagues and former professors who continue to be of tremendous support as she pursues a career in international humanitarian work.