Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Dorai Raz

Dorai at Chillon Castle in Montreux

Dorai Raz came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program.

Dorai is a senior at University of California at Berkeley, where she transferred after starting her studies at Santa Barbara City College.  She’s majoring in Society and Environment with a concentration in Justice and Sustainability while minoring in Food Systems.  Dorai came to Switzerland for a semester studying Business Innovation for Sustainability at the Hass School of Business in Geneva.

From Dorai:

“I chose this program so I could become a successful advocate for food sustainability; to gain tools to help me understand the market better and assess the power of business decisions and their effect on the environment.  This has been an incredible experience!  I have learned the skills to educate corporations in the food industry about the importance of social responsibility and positive impact.  Learning from the wisdom of various business executives at companies such as World Business Council of Sustainability, P&G, Nestle and many others offered me invaluable insights into how to best run a sustainable company.

Dorai hiking outside Geneva

“I am thankful to have had the opportunity to live in the picturesque country of Switzerland while furthering my passion for environmental and sustainability issues within the business world.”

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides need-based scholarships for undergraduate students to study abroad, internationalizing their outlook and preparing them to thrive in the global economy.  For more information, see the Gilman Scholarship’s website here.