Get Smart Internationally: Global Consciousness Through Global Education

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 3:10 PM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Ronelia Bailey
Ronelia Bailey was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and she also lived in the island of St. Vincent before moving to the United States. Ronelia is a member of the Kate Tiedemann College of Business (KTCOB) at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP). She is also a member of the USFSP Honors Program and the KTCOB Women and Leadership Initiative (WALI) Mentorship Program. Ronelia received her Associates degree from St. Petersburg College before transferring to USFSP to major in Global Business. Ronelia’s passion for collaborating and connectedness showed through in the various leadership positions she held while at SPC, including President of the Honors Program Student Consortium and Executive Board member of the Student Government Association. Her determination, tenacity, and heart to serve her community were birthed from her long battle with lupus and kidney failure. These life challenges uncovered her innate strengths. Ronelia now considers herself a global change agent with the goal of encouraging, inspiring and empowering others to succeed.
Nickolas Bruetsch
Mr. Bruetsch brings wide ranging experience working both with the European and Swiss military as well as the private sector. In his most recent role, he served as a House commander and team leader with ALTHEA, the European Union military peacekeeping mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina. While serving in Bosnia, Mr. Bruetsch was responsible for operational leadership and development of reports for his area. Mr. Bruetsch’s previous military assignments have ranged from diplomatic coordination and unit leadership to data analytics and statistical analysis of cooperative multilateral military operations for the Swiss Army. While with the Swiss Defense Attaches’ Office, he carried out research projects on Russian security and military policy. His private sector experience includes consulting projects in digital resilience and cyber risks for large organizations. He is skilled in Open Source intelligence, a key factor for rapid decision making in both the private and public sectors. He holds degrees in Behavioral Science as well as International Politics and Intelligence. His dissertation centered on the role of the KGB in the August 1991 Coup attempt in the Soviet Union. Nickolas resides in Switzerland, speaks four languages and has traveled extensively around the world
Josh Cohen
Josh Cohen is a senior at Brandeis University majoring in Politics and International & Global Studies with a minor in Social Justice & Social Policy. During the past Spring semester, Josh studied in Geneva, Switzerland and interned with the Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Centre). CCPR-Centre is an organization that works closely with the UN Human Rights Committee and NGO’s that wish to participate in a specific country’s review process when they send delegations to a session of the Committee. The organization aids the NGO’s in putting together their report to be presented before the Committee, sometimes helping them organize private briefings with Committee members before a country’s delegation presents their report. After the session, CCPR-Centre aids the Committee and the NGO organize a post-session reviewal trip to the country in question, meeting with state officials and viewing human rights situations and requested improvements first-hand to ensure that the state is complying with the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights. Josh’s role with the CCPR-Centre included taking notes of the Committee’s activities, tweeting about them during the session to the CCPR-Centre’s Twitter, and summarizing the Committee's discussions and their Concluding Observations to be posted to the CCPR-Centre’s website. Josh has also worked for the National Organization for Women and the Office of State Representative Ben Diamond (FL-68). Josh is a native of the Tampa Bay area and an avid Tampa Bay Rays fan.
Maria Novoa Pinzon
Maria Clara is an International Student from Bogota, Colombia and has work in the world of Globalization since April 2017. Some of her experiences come from working in the Center for International Programs in St Petersburg College, the InterCultural Advocacy Institute in Clearwater as an interpreter and a bilingual assistant for Clearwater High School. Maria Clara has also been awarded with a Global Citizen Certificate and received the opportunity to speak at the Women’s Leadership Conference on Global issues. As an aspiring hardworking professional, she is currently a junior studying Psychology with a minor in Leadership studies at USFSP. She works on campus at the Office of Global Initiatives as a student assistant and is the President of the International Club. In addition, she is in the path to become an Industrial Organizational Psychologist and help companies boost their performance. Even though her passion is psychology, she enjoys sharing her culture and growing from different cultures. https://mnovoa2.wixsite.com/website