Sarah Ullom-Minnich is an MPP candidate at the Jackson Institute, with interests in conflict, community-led development, and economic empowerment. She graduated summa cum laude from Juniata College in 2018, where she majored in conflict dynamics and transformation and minored in Spanish. She earned honors for her thesis investigation into mapping the theories of change of Ecuadorian cultural practitioners for conflicts including racism, colonialism, and the systemic erasure of heritage in the face of globalization. Sarah became interested in international development while studying abroad in the Ecuadorian Amazon with the Pachaysana Institute, an organization committed to decolonizing study abroad through equitable participatory development partnerships. She later joined the Peace Corps as a Community Organizational Development Volunteer in post-conflict Kosovo, where she served in a Serb minority community. There, her focus was on building employability, project management, and English language capacities for women, youth, and local organizations. She has also worked with non-profits in the U.S. that strive to empower people to escape the cycle of poverty. In a long-term homeless shelter on the South Side of Chicago, she supported Spanish-speaking families making the transition to stable housing. With Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County in rural Kansas, she conducted research and outreach to lay the groundwork for a site expansion. At Yale, Sarah will explore how development work can be conducted equitably in contexts of conflict.