Dominican alumna receives Fulbright to teach in Argentina

Nathalie Mathis, a 2015 graduate, has received a Fulbright teaching grant that will send her to Argentina next spring. She plans to teach English and American culture and hopes to start a school club showing films that reflect American culture.

Nathalie graduated in May with a degree in international relations. While at Dominican, she served as captain of the women's soccer team, facilitated Summer Freshman Orientation activities to help new students form valuable connections, and participated in a club to help international students transition to college life in the U.S.. She also tutored low-income immigrant Latino students at Casa Juan Diego in Chicago.

As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Nathalie will be assigned to an English teaching training college or university in Argentina. She hopes to create a school-to-school connection, via Skype and email, with Spanish-speaking students at Dominican.

Nathalie has U.S. Soccer Federation F and E coaching licenses as well as a National Youth license, She plans to volunteer girls soccer coach to help young Argentine women develop leadership skills and self-confidence.

"I want to explore the extent to which Argentine soccer organizations are using the sport as a means of empowering young women," she explained. "I want to help build a world in which pioneering women erase the lines that keep them from realizing their true potential."

Eventually, Nathalie plans to get a master's degree in peace operations with a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from George Mason University's School of Policy, Government and International Affairs.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is an international educational exchange program that offers research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent college graduates and graduate students. Recipients include actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz.