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Melissa Perez Sancho

Melissa is a Government combined with African Studies major and a History minor. Before studying at St. Lawrence University, Melissa studied at United World College Costa Rica, the country where she grew up. Upon arriving at St. Lawrence University, Melissa discovered a passion for East African History and politics, which led her to study in the Kenya Semester Program during the Spring of 2022. Melissa began her research journey in Kenya, focusing on rural Kenyan women's land and property rights.

Grace Vensel


Grace Vensel '21 is double majoring in Global Studies and Francophone Studies, as well as minoring in History. She is particularly interested in the historical construction of imperialism and how it is manifested today. Grace is additionally interested in resistance to systems of power. Her experiences studying abroad in Bordeaux, France, as well as traveling to Dakar, Senegal with Dr. Eloise Brezault drove her desire to research the CFA franc in Senegal.