Student Profile: Kim Morrison

Kim Morrison is part time MIM student with a career history in the pharmaceutical industry.  Born in the US she went to school in Holland, Belgium and England until returning back to the US for high school. A wanderlust was inherited from her father; travel, while always exciting and full of exploration didn’t become truly meaningful until an accident of whimsy.  A spam email sent from Habitat for Humanity led to a spontaneous application to Cambodia that turned into a love affair with that country. That first trip led to several others, then Habitat Global Village Leadership training. Kim has worked on projects in SE Asia, Mozambique and Tajikistan…and she has a long bucket list of countries! Building houses is such a long-term value for the homeowners, however sometimes the communitiesneed other kinds of support as well.

Last summer in a little coffee shop there were fliers for a benefit for Golden Leaf Education Foundation (GLEF) founded by Khmer Rouge survivor Kilong Ung. Kim invited a few friends including some teachers and had a blast! After the benefit she went to Kilong, introduced Habitat and exclaimed that she wanted to help build schools and communities. Kilong said his schools need to be surrounded by houses for the survivors. This connection led to a proposal by Habitat; Kilong and his team met with Habitat in Cambodia in November, Habitat Global Village has planned to start “Golden Leaf Villages” in 2013. Habitat and GLEF are very excited about the collaboration and connections!

Kim in Borneo Market

Kim in Borneo Market

Borneo House

Fiji Team
Fiji Team
GLEF Board Meeting with Ambassador Heng Hem (Kim far left) August 2012

GLEF Board Meeting with Ambassador Heng Hem (Kim far left) August 2012

Susan Forrester

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Susan Forrester is a full-time student in the Masters in International Management program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Portland State University. After living in Seoul, South Korea for two years she was interested in finding a career that linked Oregon and Asia together through trade. Susan enjoys the diverse background of the MIM student body that allows her to frequently practice her beginner level Chinese.

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