Sidney Cech is a joint-degree candidate at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the Yale
School of Public Health. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 where she double
majored in French and foreign affairs, earning high honors for her French thesis on the impact
of Muslim education in France as a tool against radicalization. Upon graduation, Sidney joined
the Peace Corps as a secondary education English teacher in Ukraine, where she worked
alongside Ukrainian teachers to increase their professional capacity and enhance the English
communication abilities of her students. Outside of the classroom, she spearheaded the effort to
reestablish the Gender and Development Committee and oversaw organization of the first
annual Women for Women Conference. She also served as director for Camp Model UN and
was especially involved in PEPFAR programming. After two years in Ukraine, Sidney continued
with the Peace Corps, transitioning to service in Tanzania as a community health volunteer. At
her site, she worked at the health clinic, implementing programs to improve maternal and child
health, and created a support group for people living with HIV. She also collaborated with the
local water committee to develop plans for improving the village’s water system. While at Yale,
Sidney plans to focus on global health and international development. She is particularly
interested in the use of data to increase the impact of programs and policies in sub-Saharan Africa.