Mahalet Kefyalew earned a B.A. in international relations from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. As a student of international relations and political science, Mahalet developed a fuller understanding of foreign affairs and world politics. As a part of the Ethiopian diaspora, she’s passionate about international migration, specifically the plight of displaced populations, refugees, and asylum seekers. In 2019, Mahalet studied migration and transnational identity in Rabat, Morocco, where she spent six months conducting independent research on irregular migration in the region, policy reform, and transnationalism. This endeavor deepened her insight and intrigue into migration policy and geo-political relations. Before joining the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort/Worth, Mahalet interned and volunteered at the Austin chapter. There, she worked in various research, writing, and program coordinating capacities. Now, Mahalet spends her time rediscovering her hometown of Dallas, writing, and being with loved ones.