Alison Mariella Desir is currently pursuing her Masters in International Affairs, with a concentration in conflict and security, at The New School in New York City. As an undergraduate student at Columbia University, Alison majored in History and Latino Studies. She hopes to one day work abroad in Haiti, within the realm of sustainable development. She has traveled widely in recent years, Korea, Guatemala, Greece, Colombia, Haiti, and Ghana, to name a few countries she has visited. When Alison is not traveling, she enjoys singing and writing.