Şelale recently joined the WCI team as Executive Assistant. She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in International Relations, a concentration in Diplomacy, and a minor in Spanish. She is deeply interested in the politics of nationalism and her thesis focused on the construction of Turkey’s national identity and its historical shifts, in an attempt to analyze nationalistic trends throughout the world.
While earning her degree, Şelale volunteered with the Latin American Legal Defense Fund. There, she conducted interviews, documented and interpreted data in efforts to promote awareness of the community's significance in Trenton’s history. While studying in Granada, Spain, Şelale worked at the Albihar Foundation’s English-immersion after school program. Through her work to improve children’s English, she had the opportunity to design and teach courses in the arts which only strengthened her love of education and advocacy.
Her passion lies in ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Her motivation for addressing these issues comes from her first-hand experience growing up as a child of an immigrant. Currently, Şelale volunteers with Crossing the Gap NJ; There she teaches English to non-native speakers to help them in their transition and acclimation to their new community, all while celebrating their own cultural heritage.
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