A global studies major can take you away from home – or back home, as in the case of Ethiopia native Dawit Endale Alemayehu ’11.
Alemayehu likes coffee, but it’s his passion for his work that motivates him to rise each morning and take to the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In addition to his coursework in global studies and business, Alemayehu sought out opportunities to participate in student organizations. He got involved in Concordia’s Hip Hop Summit, International Student Organization and Invisible Children. Participating in the organizations showed Alemayehu that he wanted to take his passion to a community where he can engage with people.
“The sense of belongingness and international communality that I got from the International Student Organization and Invisible Children meant the world to me,” Alemayehu says. “This aligned with my passion for global studies and global activism.”
Alemayehu’s involvement and his academic studies shaped and broadened his worldview while building valuable critical thinking skills.
“Concordia inspired me to be a learner,” Alemayehu says. “To seek knowledge and to better the lives of people in my immediate and non-immediate circles.”
Knowing that hunger for knowledge and desire to help others is only part of the equation, Alemayehu built up administrative management skills through his business courses. The lessons learned as a student of Concordia’s Offutt School of Business prepared him for his role in the international market.
Alemayehu’s career path to Africa started as a regional representative for Invisible Children in San Diego. In this position, he brought awareness to the situation by presenting in schools, colleges and churches across the United States.
It didn’t take long before he moved into a position that took him back to Ethiopia. He currently works as a teacher, soccer coach, and consultant for International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia and the Summer Academic Program Consultant.
“My goal has always been to discover my passion, my vocation,” he says. “For me that passion is knowledge in the service of Africa, serving my continent and, consequently, the world.”