Outstanding International Women of Global UCF
International Women’s Day is widely recognized around the world as a day to honor the hard work, accomplishments, and barriers broken down by women. It’s a day we celebrate the collective efforts of all women in social, economic, cultural and political environments while raising awareness for gender equality. “There’s a strong chance the next Bill Gates isn’t going to look anything like the last one. So I’m interested in finding solutions that will help ensure we recognize her when we see her” — Melinda Gates (co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). There are many exceptional international women at UCF. Global UCF has had the privilege to work with many of them and to celebrate International Women’s Day, we selected a few of our high-performing students to highlight their stories.
Thais Cardoso de Moraes, left, at Global UCF’s Book Club, Fall 2018
“One of my biggest dreams is to go back to Brazil and work in the film industry to produce high-quality content, expose them to culture, and how other people live around the world.”
Thais Cardoso de Moraes, a film student from Brazil, aspires to change the perception of women in the film industry in her home country. “One of my biggest dreams is to go back to Brazil and work in the film industry to produce high-quality content, expose them to culture, and how other people live around the world.” Thais says she is privileged to have the opportunity to study in the U.S. in comparison to Brazil where, she says, a large number of women do not have an education beyond high school. Thais shares that at UCF her education goes beyond the classroom through diverse courses that teach leadership, integrity, public speaking, and develop well-rounded individuals. “Here, they not only teach me about my major but they also to teach me how to be a better person. In Brazil my vocational curriculum would have been limited to film; in contrast, I’m learning how to speak in public and become a better leader at UCF” says Thais.
Alesia Loskshina, Spring 2019
“It’s important for me to get this experience because it gives a big picture of what medicine is about in the U.S.”
Alesia Lokshina, a biomedical sciences major from Russia, aspires to become a surgeon. In addition to being an exceptional student, Alesia is involved in many activities including the American Medical Women’s Association (A.M.W.A) at UCF, a student organization with a focus on advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health through leadership, advocacy, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances. Alesia also volunteers at Shepherd’s Hope Orlando as an Eligibility Specialist, where she is exposed to the day in the life of healthcare professionals and the nuances of the U.S. healthcare system. Alesia believes the experience that she is getting will provide the support that she needs to become a surgeon. “It’s important for me to get this experience because it gives a big picture of what medicine is about in the U.S.,” says Alesia. Her commitment to achieve success goes beyond the classroom, Alesia bikes more than 10 miles to get to and from her volunteering opportunity at Shepherd’s Hope Orlando.
Jocelyn Ignacia, left, and Aryuna Tysrenzhapova, right, at a Global UCF Career Accelerator event, Spring 2019
“If I were to receive the same level of education back home, I would still be expected to work a lower level position or become a housewife.”
Jocelyn Ignacia, a computer science major from Indonesia, wants to change the perception of women to be viewed as strong and independent. Her role model, Raden Adjeng Kartini, is an Indonesian pioneer who advocated for women’s rights, education, and gender equality during the late 1800s. “Back in the days when men had all the power and rights to be educated, and because she was born to a noble family, Kartini used her platform to raise awareness for women to become educated” explains Jocelyn. With an American education and access to resources, Jocelyn feels that she will have better opportunities to work in a high position or lead an organization. Jocelyn states, “If I were to receive the same level of education back home, I would still be expected to work a lower level position or become a housewife.” Instead, Jocelyn wants to leverage her education to challenge new heights in the technology industry.
There are many more exceptional international women at UCF who are on a path that will transform lives. Global UCF celebrates all women today and every day. Happy International Women’s Day 2019. Visit www.internationalwomensday.com to learn more.