- Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Kansas, 2013
It is hard to imagine a more eventful undergraduate experience than that of LACS graduate Sarah Stern (BA, 2013). With a fellowship from Kansas Paraguay Partners, she developed her own independent study program in that country and mastered Spanish and Portuguese. During her time in Paraguay, she conducted a study of poor women’s experiences with microfinance programs. A lifelong photography enthusiast, Stern participated in the Paraguayan Carnaval Encarnaceno, somehow managing both to photograph the event and dance in it. In a visit to Brazil, she collaborated with photographer Gary Mark Smith to create the photography book Favela da Rocinha, Brazil, a pictorial chronicle of life in that famous shantytown of Rio de Janeiro. Proceeds to the book support community education projects in the favela. As a result of these and other accomplishments, Sarah was named one of Glamor Magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2012. After graduating with honors from KU, Sarah accepted a position as an Account Assistant for the Jeffrey Group, a Miami-based public relations agency that serves firms that do business in Latin America. At the Jeffrey Group, Sarah won a prestigious SABRE Award for her work promoting Spotify in Latin America. Now she has moved onto her next challenge and is the manager of Netflix's Latin America consumer division.