Alumna makes helping marginalized people a priority

Posted: April 4, 2013 9:00 a.m.

 Alumna Phoebe De Ciman Haugen BA'03, BA(Hon)'05
Alumna Phoebe De Ciman Haugen BA'03, BA(Hon)'05 Photo: U of R Photography

Graduates from the University of Regina fill more than a third of Saskatchewan's need for a university-educated workforce, and are significant contributors to the cultural landscape of our city and our province. Below alumna Phoebe De Ciman Haugen (BA '03, BA '05) shares her thoughts about the University of Regina. De Ciman Haugen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2003 and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science in 2005. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Human Security and Peace Building from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, in 2010.

Q: What does the University of Regina mean to you?

A: The University of Regina means so much to me as it was instrumental in helping me to discover and refine my skills and my values both personally and professionally.  The academic and athletic programs at the U of R hold a special place in my life as it got me started on my journey to trying to make a difference in my community and in the world.  I will always be grateful to the University of Regina and the Cougar Athletics program for giving me a great start into my future.

Q: How did your education prepare you for the world after graduation?

A: My liberal arts education at the U of R helped me to be a critical thinker and be open minded to many ideas and perspectives.  It taught me the importance of collaboration, cooperation, competiveness and innovative thinking. 

Q: What professional accomplishment are you the most proud of and why?

A: The professional accomplishments that I am proud of have been when my work has made a positive difference in the lives of people, especially those that are marginalized and vulnerable.  I am very proud of work I do along with many others in the Saskatchewan Public Service working to make a difference in the lives of Saskatchewan people every day.  I am also so proud of work I did as part of teams in Uganda and South Sudan on initiatives ranging from sanitation in rural communities to promoting good democratic governance practices in South Sudan’s first ever elections. 

Q: Why did you decide to stay in Saskatchewan?

A: I had opportunities to work and also pursue my graduate studies while staying in Saskatchewan in fields that I am passionate about and that is important to me.  Saskatchewan is rich with opportunities that go beyond purely economic ones and it is also part of the larger global community. I do not think I lost out on international opportunities or professional advancement by staying in this province that I love.  It is possible to make a difference in the province and also explore what the global community has to offer as well. 

Q: What would you like to have achieved by 2020?

A: I would like to continue to advance in my career and make a difference for people every day.