Deanna Johnson is a first-year master’s student at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2016 with a B.A. in anthropology and international affairs, concentrating in international development. While at GW, Deanna received a grant to complete her research on the diminishing presence of African-American young adults in Historically Black Churches, focusing on ethnographies in the D.C. metro area. After graduation, Deanna served in Ecuador with the Peace Corps as an English Education Volunteer, where she worked alongside Ecuadorian English teachers at public schools to improve their methodologies and increase teaching efficacy in the classroom. While in Ecuador, Deanna also worked to promote leadership, health, and gender equity amongst teens by collaborating with other volunteers to plan and institute Ecuador’s first-ever national project following the Peace Corps’ Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) and Boys Respecting Others (BRO) initiatives. She also began to study firsthand the ways in which community ideology and social media impact the lives of refugees moving into new countries and communities. During her time at Yale, Deanna plans to study the root causes of displacement, and how the sentiments of the communities receiving displaced individuals affect the rights and well-being of the displaced.