Q&A: New IU alumni reflect on international experiences through OVPDEMA Office of Overseas Studies and Scholarships

A pair of recent IU Bloomington graduates, Lucia Calderon and DeAnthony Nelson, are entering their professional lives as seasoned travelers, thanks to the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) Office of Overseas Studies and Scholarships, a partnership with the IU Bloomington Office of the Provost.

Calderon, a human development and family studies major from Valparaiso, Ind., was a member of the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program, an OVPDEMA program, in addition to the IU Swim Club, Latinos Unidos, and the IU Study Abroad office, where she worked as a peer counselor.

Nelson, an Indianapolis native who was a non-profit management and civic political engagement major, was a 21st Century Scholar and Groups Program Scholar—both OVPDEMA programs—and worked as an ambassador for the Office of Admissions and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), in which he was a student.

While both Nelson and Calderon were extremely driven students, they each revealed that studying abroad helped them develop not just a love for international travel, but a clearer focus of their respective professional futures.

Read what the two graduates had to say about their journeys: