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Mercy Global Action at the UN Welcomes New Intern Colleen Cloonan

Announcements: October 07, 2016

Hi my name is Colleen Cloonan and I am overjoyed to be working with Mercy Global Action at the United Nations as their new intern. I am from Connecticut, USA and am the youngest of five children.

In May, I graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island with dual degrees in Spanish and Global Studies. I am also currently completing my Masters in International Relations from Salve Regina University and I will graduate with my degree in May 2017.

Outside of my classwork, I was blessed with many opportunities in college. I had the chance to be a Resident Advisor, a cantor at the Mercy Chapel, a member of Mercy in Motion—a volunteer group, and the Vice President of Sigma Phi Sigma—the National Mercy Honor Society (one could say mercy guided me). I also spent a semester abroad studying in Sevilla, Spain where I was immersed in a new culture and way of life. I had the privilege of attending the Meeting of the World Families in Philadelphia during Pope Francis’s visit, participate in a mission trip to Nicaragua, and travel to Dublin for the Young Mercy Leaders Conference in 2014. These experiences opened my eyes to the world, a world that I yearn to care for and advocate for. My heart has been exposed to such love, passion and hope to fulfill this mission of mercy.

While attending the Young Mercy Leaders Conference, I was introduced to the work of the Sisters of Mercy at the UN. Ever since this opportunity, their work as an NGO has been one of my passions in International Relations. I am driven by their call for advocacy on numerous levels. Over the course of the past two years, I have followed their works closely and had the privilege of seeing them in action this March during the Commission on the Status of Women. Mercy Global Action at the UN’s extensive commitment to advocating for environmental justice, especially through the human right to water and work against harmful extraction of resources, as well as their promotion of justice for the survivors and victims of human trafficking has been a focus of mine. I too, want to continue their vocation during my time here and be mercy for others around the world.

Now, two years after my first introduction to Mercy Global Action, I can happily say I am working with the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Global Action’s Office at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. If it weren’t for being chosen to attend the Young Mercy Leaders Conference in Dublin, I would have never been exposed to this focus in my International Relations passion. I am excited to continue to both learn and work for social and environmental justice, sustainable development, human rights, and, most importantly a continuation in striving for a more ‘harmonious, just, and merciful world’—as per the mission of my alma mater. Thank you for this opportunity and welcoming me into the mercy community.

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