Melina Dunham Class of 2013
Melina Dunham‘s international education didn’t end when she graduated from International High School in 2013. Opting to defer her college enrollment, she spent a year traveling from
experience to experience—studying German in
Berlin in the fall; interning at the Human Rights
Center at UC Berkeley; tutoring French American
and International students; and attending an art
school on the Greek island of Paros before moving to New York to study at Barnard.
During the spring of 2016, Melina was one of
six students selected as a fellow for Barnard’s
8th annual Global Symposium. Launched in
2009, the Symposia Series aims to create spaces
where young women and women leaders from
around the world can meet, network, and engage
in dialogue around global women’s issues. This
year’s symposium was held in Paris, and Melina
believes her French American background gave
her an advantage.
As a Student Fellow, Melina worked to develop
and run a leadership workshop for high school
students both at home in New York and in Paris.
Upon learning that she would be working with
French students, Melina recommended two
Parisian high schools to Symposium organizers.
“Having been a correspondent at French Ameri-
can and International High School, I was familiar
with the lycées and knew which ones would
be good to work with. Not only did those high
schools end up at the workshop, but it turned out
that one of the girls who attended my workshop
had also been a correspondent at French Ameri-
can, a few years after me!” she said. “It was the
After a summer internship and a trip to Tunisia,
where she hosted a conference on "Student Activ-
ism in a Budding Democracy" with a program
run by Columbia University, Melina is back at
Barnard this fall to complete her political science
degree. Conditional acceptance to a master’s
program at Sciénces Po means she has options
when it comes to pursuing her goals and working
to empower women worldwide.