Savannah Guilbeault completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2019. Her degree in Global Studies included a Research Specialization and minors in Political Science and Spanish. During her academic career at Laurier, Savannah worked as a Political Science teaching assistant as well as an academic writing tutor for Laurier’s Writing Centre.
For her undergraduate major research paper in Global Studies, Savannah examined previous and current migration policies in Italy and concentrated primarily on how these policies impacted the violence experienced by irregular migrants. Her research also analyzed the 2018 United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration and its implications for migration governance within Italy.
Savannah also participated in domestic and international service learning experiences, which helped broaden her understanding of global issues and social justice. She completed a volunteer course placement in Guatemala during the summer, where she taught English in an elementary school in the rural community of Tecpán. Upon the completion of this placement, Savannah volunteered as a youth mentor at Adventure 4 Change, a non-profit organization in Waterloo.
While at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Savannah hopes to develop her understanding and focus her research on migration politics, international organizations, human rights, and global social governance.