Meghan Stoyanoff

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Washington & Jefferson College

Heinz Programming Area:
Economic Opportunity
International Experience Summary:

Meghan Stoyanoff spent five weeks in Florianopolis, Brazil. While abroad, she attended a local university, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, where she studied global economics and Portuguese. In her economics class, she learned about current, global topics in economics including European crisis, capitalism, and the rising global interest in the advancement of renewable and sustainable energy. The Portuguese class gave her the opportunity to learn a new language that she had never studied. Staying with a Brazilian family gave her the opportunity to learn as much of the language as possible and to become immersed in the culture. To get more in touch with the Brazilian lifestyle, she took part in a Samba dancing workshop and a Capoeira class. Meghan also had the opportunity go visit a local home that houses both elderly and orphaned children. When she visited, she interacted with the residents during their daily coffee break. During her stay in Brazil, Meghan felt that she had a real experience of daily Brazilian life. On the weekends, she took advantage of the opportunities to travel to various local places of interest such as the many beaches of Florianopolis.

Community Engagement Experience Summary:

CEE Title: Holi Festival of Colors

Meghan assisted in the creation of the Holi Festival of Colors, a two-part CEE that occurred at Washington & Jefferson College and the LeMoyne Center in Washington, PA. At the first event, Meghan and her team infused Indian culture into W&J’s annual spring street fair where students and community members threw vibrant colors similar to the actual Holi Festival of Colors in India as well as danced to Indian music. At the second event, Meghan and her team taught a lesson on Indian culture to elementary students at the LeMoyne Center. They incorporated the celebration of colors into the activities by finger-painting t-shirts, decorating cookies and learning Indian dance.