Vice President, Director at Worthy Village, Amanda Lanigan has worked as an educator in various capacities for nearly a decade. A Rotary Peace Fellow, sponsored by district is 7950, she is currently currently studying for her Masters in Conflict and Resolution as a Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar, abroad in Sweden.  Amanda holds a BA degree in History, with minors in Political Science and Secondary Education from Bridgewater State University. She has worked on education and cultural exchange programs in Mexico, Guatemala, and Cape Verde.

Amanda was involved with volunteer work in Guatemala and was deeply touched by the passion, work ethic, and community of all those involved. Upon returning home, she immediately began making an effort to bring opportunity into the organization, and continues to work on a daily basis to build Worthy Village. Through her efforts, our programs and methods were featured in the United Nations’ Youth Science-Policy Interface Publication on Disaster Risk Reduction. Amanda is deeply passionate about fostering cultural exchange and service learning opportunities for young people and adults.

Amanda hopes to explore the intersection of climate change and conflict, specifically regarding migration and food security. She is also interested in researching how peacebuilding methods can be utilized to empower marginalized groups.

Amanda has ten years of experience in the education and non-profit sectors. As an educator, Amanda aided in the development of programs designed to foster leadership, inclusivity, community service, and global citizenship. In the non-profit sector, she has worked with community leaders to develop programs focused on education, economic empowerment, and social services for underserved populations. She has also worked to enhance sustainability and cross-cultural communication in the non-profit sector. 

Over the summer, Amanda conducted research for International IDEA for her Applied Field Experience. There she conducted research on the impact of COVID on elections and Special Voting Arrangements. 

Currently, she is interning at Uppsala University with the Policing and Political Violence Project, and conducting research for the Dallaire Center of Excellence in Toronto on climate change and conflict.