Anne-Marie Sichinga ‘21

Anne-Marie Sichinga poses outside

Hanover, Ind. is a long way from Lusaka, Zambia, but that did not stop Anne-Marie Sichinga ‘21 from making our community her second home.

Sichinga chose to attend Hanover because: “I thought the campus was beautiful and I felt the smaller campus size would be easier to transition to coming from another country.”

As an economics major with a minor in anthropology, Sichinga has established relationships with students and professors who challenged her to do her best academically, professionally and personally. One such meaningful relationship was with her academic advisor, Dr. Nasrin Shahinpoor; Sichinga says:

“Something we share in common is that we are both passionate about women’s equality and visibility especially in male-dominated fields, and for me as the only female and the only black student graduating this year from the economics department, Dr. Shahinpoor really kept me motivated and challenged me to see what we studied from different perspectives.”

Reflecting upon her journey at Hanover, Sichinga has accomplished her goals. “I am getting my degree in economics, I took the HC Leadership Challenge my first year and I acted as a student leader…along with my other campus involvement, so I am proud of that as well.”

She has held roles such as a student representative on the Community Alliance and Resource Team (CART), vice president for the international club and secretary for women in economics. Sichinga also served as a hall director for first-year dorms Blythe and Wiley after serving as a resident assistant for two years. She also previously served as the student coordinator for the HAQ Center, as part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Now that she has graduated, Sichinga is ready for new challenges. This summer she is interning with the Borgen Project and aspires to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in international development policy.