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Meet one of our former Global Studies students:

Ghislain Tapsoba

Ghislain Tapsoba

Ghislain Tapsoba,is a Global Studies major and French minor. He spent the fall 2015 semester studying abroad at the University of Picardie, Jules Verne in Amiens, France. Ghislain is working on a research project that he hopes to present at 2017 URCAD. His topic centers on the various layers of authority that are often observed in former colonies. He is primarily focused on how states in the post-colonial world can incorporate traditional, customary, and unofficial institutions, elder councils and tribal royalty, for example, into the ongoing process of nation-building. He sees successful nation-building as a process that must involve the promotion of gender equality, social justice, and most importantly peace building and peacekeeping. Ghislain has some experience with what he is talking about, having founded non-profit organization in 2013 in his native Burkina Faso. This organization, “Bouees de Sauvetage pour Adolescents Abandonnes” or “Life Rings for Abandoned Teenagers,” was created to help disadvantaged teenagers attend elementary school, learn French, and pursue further education through apprenticeships.

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Benefits for Global Studies students:

  • Work with a faculty member
  • Experience hands-on research
  • Reinforce classroom learning
  • Prepare for work or graduate school
  • Travel to national conferences
  • Receive grant funding
  • Publish independent research
    • NATO: Identity, Role, and Function in the Post-Cold War Era
      Joshua Hunter. UMBC Review Vol.13.

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