IDCE Students Profiles

Shan Yi Koay (IDSC '2013)

Shan Yi Koay (Malaysia) received a B.A in Sociology with a concentration in Family and Youth Advocacy from Nicholls State University (Louisiana) in 2011. Recently she has interned with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lafourche Parish, a non-profit organization advocating for and serving abused and neglected children in the community. Prior to coming to the U.S, she lived in Bangladesh for 12 years and was involved in various community service projects including Habitat for Humanity International-Bangladesh (HFHI-B), teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to local village girls, and a number of flood-relief efforts. She was also involved in an education program calledSaturday School that aims to educate orphaned children from theNooraloy School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the summer of 2008, she volunteered to teach ESL for a program called Summer English to Indonesian teenagers in Lombok, Indonesia. Her interests are broad and include South Asia and South East Asia, self-sustainable communities, rights of women and children, poverty alleviation, education, sustainable development, and racial, ethnic and religious conflict.