Want to connect with a student? Set up a meeting with one of our fellows!

The fellows program is an opportunity for interested undergraduate students  and returned GESI alum to work in the Global Engagement office. The fellows provide a vital student voice in every aspect of the program.

2016-2017 Fellows

Diane Arthur, India summer 2014
Danielle Elliott, Bolivia summer 2015
Jessica Saffold, Kenya summer 2016
Caroline La Olsen, Bolivia summer 2015
Jourdan Dorrell, Nicaragura summer 2015


Diane Arthur, India

My name is Diane and I'm a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy studying Human Development and Psychological Services with a Certificate in Civic Engagement. I joined the Buffett Institute as a Fellow in 2015. I began with my participation in GESI to India. I continued my international explorations by spending 9 months in Ghana. My hope is to use these experiences, along with my own as a child of immigrants, to support the emotional development of refugees and immigrants through counseling psychology. On a different note, my favorite foods are blueberry cake donuts and trail mix. I am looking forward to another incredible year with the team!


Danielle Elliott, Fellow

Danielle is a junior at Northwestern, double majoring in Journalism and Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She participated in GESI Bolivia in summer 2015 where she worked at Fundación Enseñarte, a social-circus and arts NGO for children. She also worked at Amnesty International in Buenos Aires for three months as a social media and youth activism intern. She is an editor for North By Northwestern magazine and a former Varsity swimmer for Northwestern. When she isn’t trying to speak Spanish, she can be found dancing to Ciara and Beyonce.

Jessica Saffold, Fellow

Jessica is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado. She is a pre-medical student studying Anthropology and is also pursuing a minor in Global Health Studies. At Northwestern, she is involved in Dance Marathon, Associated Student Government, and the Buffett Institute Affiliated Groups the Northwestern Community for Human Rights and the Northwestern Community Health Corps. Jessica has always had in interest in learning about and connecting with other cultures from around the globe and is excited to work more with the Buffett Institute as a member of the Fellows Program. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with friends, exploring Chicago, and trying new foods.

Caroline La Olsen, Fellow

Caroline is a senior and hopeful future documentary filmmaker who studies Journalism, Asian American Studies and Civic Engagement. On campus, she spends her time with the Mixed Race Student Coalition, Best Buddies, and Sustained Dialogue. She hails from Washington, DC, and when she's not exploring the vibrant city of Chicago, she can probably be found somewhere international. During her time at Northwestern, she's studied community development in Cochabamba, Bolivia (with GESI!), taken classes in Athens, Greece, and reported from Johannesburg, South Africa. Talk to her about dessert, donuts, Mixed Race Politics, and of course her life changing experience with GESI!

Jourdan Dorrell, Fellow

My name is Jourdan. I am  senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Global Health Studies and Legal Studies. I was born and raised in Southern California but have loved living in Chicago for the last three years. I spent six months in 2015 studying abroad! I first got involved with the Buffett Institute in the summer when I worked at a Health Clinic in Nicaragua through GESI, but also lived in Paris for four months in the fall. GESI gave me the opportunity to learn how to work and study abroad purposefully and learn from my experiences through identity work. As someone who is very involved and interested in social justice domestically and internationally, I am excited to be serving as a Buffett Fellow for the 2016-2017 year.