Suzie Sawicki is a student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in the Master of International Public Policy program. She holds a degree in International Relations and Development Studies with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Windsor.
Suzie has worked in a variety of research roles in the context of education, tourism, and Indigenous relations. Early in her undergraduate career she worked at the University of Windsor as the Assistant Indigenous Research Developer where she expanded the Indigenized curriculum at the school. This position led her to a research role at Caldwell First Nation where she assisted in the development of the First Nations housing and governance policy. At the University of Windsor, she worked in a communications position as host and producer of the Windsor Wednesday Show, interviewing notable alumni, students, faculty, and staff. This summer, Suzie worked at the Southwestern Ontario Tourism Corporation as the Data and Insights Intern researching the impact of COVID-19 on international and domestic travel trends.
Suzie’s interest in diplomacy and foreign policy led her to participate in a European Union Study Abroad program in Brussels, Belgium in her senior year. During this international exchange, she gained an appreciation of the texture of EU politics through participating in several meetings with diplomats, policy-makers, and NGO researchers. It was this experience that made her realize that she wanted to be a part of the policy development process.
Aside from her research work, Suzie is interested in protocol, infrastructure, and arctic sovereignty. During her time at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, she hopes to better understand the connection between global studies and economics in the context of public policy. Ultimately, Suzie hopes to work in foreign affairs and develop her own company.