Melissa Danvers

All Disciplines Award - MA in International Education at George Washington University

A Londoner of Ghanaian and Jamaican heritage, Melissa is an aspiring international educator with a first-class degree in Modern Languages from the University of Warwick. Upon graduating in 2018, she moved to Japan to work as an Assistant Language Teacher, specialising in English and Global Citizenship Education. This position not only reaffirmed her belief in the value of education and cultural exchange, but also enabled her to explore her own identity as a member of the global African diaspora. Since returning to the UK, Melissa has worked in higher education, supporting widening participation initiatives at the University of Cambridge and study abroad programming at the University of Reading.

At the George Washington University, Melissa will combine her interests in education, cross-cultural exchange and diasporic African communities through an MA in International Education. Harnessing the knowledge that she obtains from this degree programme, she hopes to coordinate Anglo-African educational initiatives that promote access to learning and facilitate intercultural interactions.

Outside of academia, Melissa enjoys volunteering, outdoor activities and dance. While in the US, she is excited to contribute to her local D.C. community, explore the Appalachian Trail and visit New York to experience the city’s unique On2 salsa scene!