Elizabeth Turay

Hello! I was born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa. I migrated to the United States about seven years ago. I am multi-lingual. I graduated from Penn State University -Harrisburg Campus in May 2020. I majored in Health Policy and Administration and minored in Information Science and Technology. During my undergraduate years, I founded a natural hair organization called “For Curlz Sake,” which aims to bring awareness to hair discrimination in society. I am very passionate about helping around the community, and as a result, I strive to complete six hours of community service every month.

My drive to aid in human rights violations, specifically among women and children in the African continent, led me to pursue a Master of International Affairs degree. I chose the School of International Affairs at Penn State because it is committed to equipping its students with the requisite skills and knowledge needed to become successful. I saw this through their commitment to hiring professionals who are experts in the field of International Affairs to prepare us for our unique career choices.  In the end, my goal is not only to study global affairs but also to live by the knowledge I gain from SIA as I transition to work in the global human rights world and help people from different ethnic backgrounds. I know the School of International Affairs will equip me with all the tools I need to thrive and help me make a positive impact in an ever-changing world. I am exceptionally grateful to be a part of such a prestigious program. My favorite part of the program so far is the connections I have made with my classmates. It feels like a home away from home. Coming here, I had no idea what to expect, but everyone has been so kind and willing to help in any way that they can. I feel like I have found my forever family here at SIA. In my free time I enjoy reading self-help books. My favorite right now is called “the four agreements.” I love working out and eating healthy. I am also big on giving back to my community, so I do a lot of community services.

Academic Standing: 
Class of 2022
Course of Study: 
Human Rights and Resources and African Development