Oshish Ungras is a graduate student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in the Master of Arts in Global Governance program. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. The interdisciplinary nature of her undergraduate degree allowed her to investigate various topics within global justice and human rights as she worked towards her specialization in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Passionate about exploring education as a human right, her academic and extracurricular engagements led her to the sector of higher education in emergencies. During university she volunteered in numerous campus clubs, most notably International Students Overcoming War (ISOW), which facilitates student leadership and experiential learning by administering scholarships for students from conflict-affected countries. Through various research opportunities in Global Studies and ISOW, Oshish has explored the multidimensional impacts of conflict on human rights and education.
In her graduate studies, Oshish is planning to expand her understanding of her academic areas of interest which include higher education as humanitarian aid and higher education as a durable solution for protracted refugee situations. Oshish is looking forward to working in the public sector to advocate for social policies that increase access to higher education, particularly for migrant populations affected by conflict.