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Alum speaks on careers in refugee resettlement

Ciara Bennese

Ciara Bennese, a 2018 alumna of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy with a B.S. in international affairs, political science and Spanish language, will give a career talk and Q&A session on starting a career in refugee resettlement or social service nonprofits.

The event is part of the FSU Friends of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows (HSF) speaker series and will take place online on November 12 at 5:00 p.m.

The event can be attended virtually by registering at this link. Questions for the speaker can also be sent through that link.

Bennese currently lives in Washington, D.C., and works in the Migration & Refugee Services department of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), one of nine refugee resettlement agencies in the nation. As a program associate, she helps implement the Reception & Placement and Match Grant programs in more than 40 offices nationwide through grants administered by the Department of State and the Department of Human and Health Services.

She is also entering her second year as Amnesty Internation USA’s legislative coordinator for D.C. where she specializes in legislative advocacy on migrant/refugee rights and gun violence.

Presently, Bennese is working on revising her undergraduate thesis from FSU’s Global Citizen Certificate Program on refugee cultural integration and expects to publish these findings in 2021.

The Friends of HSF mission is to enhance the programs in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows house and enrich the lives of students and friends of HSF through financial and professional support. The organization’s vision provide educational personal, and professional development opportunities.