Kayleigh Swanson holds a Peace and Conflict Studies degree from the University of Waterloo. Her academic background has combined studies in social justice, global development, and conflict resolution.
Kayleigh has work and volunteer experience in the development field, including taking part in a community-based initiative that supports economic independence for women in coffee-farming communities in Peru. Kayleigh has also worked with a community health organization dedicated to curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda, where she supported projects that empower members of local communities to overcome economic and social barriers. She has since developed an interest in the potential for economic and social development through sustainable and responsible tourism initiatives in developing communities.
Kayleigh hopes to pursue further study related to global support for refugees, and the challenges of responding to growing levels of displacement and forced human migration resulting from conflict, insecurity, and environmental change.