#HumansofDukeSanford is an occasional series highlighting members of the Sanford community.
"When I was a child, I would spend hours with my grandmother looking at her photo albums from traveling all over Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. She showed me pictures of wildlife from the Galapagos, art from France and Italy, and engineering projects in China. From her kitchen table on the South Side of Chicago, my grandmother opened my eyes to the broader world and sparked a lifelong interest in reaching out beyond our borders.
Following my first year at Sanford, I have had the great privilege of interning at the World Trade Organization in Switzerland with talented individuals from dozens of countries. I have attended WTO committee meetings and listened to ambassadors discussing how to solve global issues like climate change and the health of ocean ecosystems. I have spoken with experts from the United Nations and from organizations like the World Wide Fund for Nature and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This summer, I witnessed and became a part of the international efforts to face down the growing challenges of an increasingly interconnected world.
I never could have imagined the trajectory from my grandmother's kitchen table to the dais of the WTO, but I know I have her to thank for instilling in me a concern for others and an interest in international affairs. I don't know what my child self would think about who I have become or what I do today, but I know she would be elated to find herself following in her grandmother's footsteps and stepping out to face challenges beyond our shores." -Kate Lohmeyer, MPP/MBA '19