Dilrukshi Fonseka ’00

Name: Dilrukshi Fonseka ’00

Current Title/Profession: Social cohesion and governance specialist for the United Nations in Myanmar

City: Yangon, Myanmar

Major(s): International relations

Minor (if applicable): Theatre

Additional/Advanced Degrees: Master’s in international relations

What was your first job after MHC?: Researcher, International Center for Ethnic Studies

Favorite class/professor and why: Professor Penny Gill (humanities/politics). She once told me to find a question I wanted to keep finding answers to, and to make that my life’s work. In her class, I started thinking about how countries deal with past violence, and that’s what I continue to work on. Professors Gill, Kavita Khory, Vinnie Ferraro, and Jeremy King opened my mind to new ideas, pushed me to think for myself, and believed in me.

Talents and/or passions discovered at MHC: I always loved singing and acting. At MHC, I got to explore these a little more on my own terms. In my senior year, I devised a musical theatre performance piece. I had such a lot of fun doing that.

What do you value most about your liberal arts education?: I value that I got to follow so many learning paths. This is especially true since I came from Sri Lanka, where the curriculum was pretty much set in stone. I believe it made me a fuller intellectual and a fuller person.

Why is a women’s education still relevant today?: Because it gives us a chance to grow and get comfortable in our skins.

What do you want the world to know about MHC?: It’s beautiful, the professors are great, and you make lifelong friends.

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