Alumni Highlight

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Madison Bailey recently completed her M.A. in Human Rights Studies. In September 2019, while in her last semester, Madison started her career at UN Women as an Intern for the Resource Mobilization for Private Sector Engagement within the Strategic Partnerships Division, where she worked on the portfolios of Foundations and High Networth Individuals. In December, she transitioned to the Partner Intelligence, Visibility & Analysis (PIVA) team where she assisted in the production of Regular Resources Report- Data and Case Studies from 2018. Madison recently completed her internship with the PIVA team and accepted a Consultancy with the WE EMPOWER G7 PROGRAMME team at UN Women. 
WE EMPOWER was created in January 2018 by the European Union, UN Women and ILO (International Labor Organization) and is a three year program which seeks to promote women's economic empowerment at work through responsible business conduct in G7 countries. Madison will be working on the U.S. portfolio. Just this past Monday, March 2, she attended the opening bell of the NASDAQ Stock Exchange with the WE EMPOWER team, in honor of the upcoming International Women's Day on March 8th. The event at NASDAQ was the first stock exchange in the world to ring the bell for gender equality this year. 
During graduate school, Madison focused on access to education for refugee women and girls. Her thesis was entitled "An Analysis of Intergenerational Transmissions of Cultural Knowledge from Resettled Somali Bantu Women to their Children in Buffalo, NY." Her thesis argued that the mechanism of farming provides resettled Somali Bantu women and children with the space necessary to transmit culture through storytelling about ancestral knowledge, in order to maintain the longevity of the Somali Bantu diaspora in the United States. 
Madison graduated from Colgate University in May 2018, where she majored in Peace and Conflict Studies, with an emphasis on Transregional Communities, and a Minor in Anthropology. While at Colgate, she served as Class President for all four years, and she was the first female student in University history to be elected for four years in a row.