Meredith J. Sumpter is an honors student at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is taking courses in Business with a focus on e-commerce, as well as in UW?s Jackson School of International Studies. She spent her junior year abroad, participating in a Global Conflict Resolution program that took her to Northern Ireland, South Africa and Cyprus to explore community efforts at reconciliation. She supplemented that with travel to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt to better understand the Middle East.

Meredith Sumpter expects to graduate in Spring 2003 with a double degree in International Relations and Business. She has a firm belief in the ability of each individual to make a contribution to international understanding. Her personal goal is to use her knowledge and training to improve grass roots public diplomacy between Americans and the rest of the world.