Berenice Beltran-Maldonado

I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco México, and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for my B.A. degree. I graduated in May 2018 with a double major in social work and Spanish with a minor in criminology as well as a diversity leadership certificate. From a very young age, my passion has always been to help others, worldwide. Within the field of international affairs, I aspire to travel and help people in different regions. 

I chose this program because I would gain valuable hands-on experience not only inside the classroom but also outside the classroom. The Penn State School of International Affairs provides an exceptional experience for students to become more culturally competent, gain various international perspectives, graduate within a reasonable amount of time, and choose a wide array of electives. It is essential for every student to succeed by creating a positive learning environment and helping the students take advantage of every resource available to them. I value how SIA has a required language proficiency criterion. Knowing an additional language is important in the modern age; it makes an individual more marketable and creates a better learning experience through the numerous interactions individuals have with someone of another culture. The flexibility is another reason why I decided this was the program for me. SIA allows students to take different coursework specific to their field of interests and to count those courses toward the Master of International Affairs degree. The sense of community in SIA is amazing, and I would like to be a part of a community that is welcoming, lets you explore all your academic interests, and strives to provide an impactful and meaningful learning experience.

Berenice Beltran-Maldonado
Academic Standing: 
Class of 2020
Course of Study: 
Human Rights, Humanitarian Response and Public Policy