Katherine Kurata ’19 is a Political Science and International Affairs double major from Milford, CT.
On campus, Katherine holds leadership positions as the Class of 2019’s Vice President and as the VP Membership Educator for Delta Gamma. Besides working for Dining Services as an Office Assistant, she is also a member of the Bullets Cheer team and the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. Most recently, Katherine participated in Gettysburg College’s E-Sii Social Entrepreneurship Competition, where she proposed an award-winning idea entitled PEN PAL (Providing Educational Networks and Promoting Abroad Learning), which aims to improve literacy rates, cultural understanding, and effective means of communication among children in lower-income communities.
Katherine has extended her studies beyond Gettysburg in both Moscow, Russia, and Shanghai, China. In 2014, she was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State to participate in an exchange program with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. In 2017, she traveled to Shanghai to study at Donghua University and intern for the Center of American States in China (CASC), where she proposed business development strategies for local and multinational non-profit organizations in the United States and China.
Katherine first became involved with the Eisenhower Institute during the spring of 2017 when she participated in the Women in Leadership program with Jennifer Donahue. She has also participated in the Institute’s Inside Civil Rights and Inside Politics programs.
Upon graduation, Katherine hopes to continue her work in contributing to social change, with long-term goals of attending graduate school to further her studies in developmental economics.