Field of Interest: Transportation and Urban Planning
Placement Organization: Nijiiro Diversity
Placement Location: Osaka, Japan
About TaylorTaylor Hamilton is a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting, where she advises government agencies and social impact organizations on change management, organizational design, and operational transformation. She has furthered social and economic equity through her consulting work, such as helping a U.S. federal government agency increase broadband access for tribal, rural, and Black communities and performing an impact assessment on local economic mobility for an NGO in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to Deloitte, Taylor graduated with a Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University. She also completed a Certificate in Conflict Resolution because she enjoys negotiation a little too much. At Syracuse, she studied the regional geopolitics and economy of East Asia and the ASEAN, and the influence of non-state actors. Aside from academics, she worked to promote an equitable student and staff experience on campus as an employee of the SU Equal Opportunity Office, primarily assisting survivors of sexual violence and ensuring campus-wide ADA compliance. Taylor graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in International Studies and Economics. As an undergraduate she researched U.S. influence on the Korean film industry and wrote her bachelor's thesis on homelessness in Japan. She also was a member of Sigma Iota Rho, an honor society for International Studies, and volunteered with the Japan-America Society of Kentucky. She served as the university’s Student Activities Board Cultural Arts Director for 2 years. She has planned and hosted many community arts events including spoken word performances, drag shows, and outdoor art installations. Before heading off to college, Taylor was homeschooled and completed her 2 years of her general education at Collin County Community College. She credits attending a community college as a dual credit student with preparing her to navigate spaces with confidence in her abilities and experience. Taylor is a fledgling blacksmith and has enjoyed learning American and Japanese metalsmithing techniques over the past few years. She likes to root unconditionally for the occasional female metalsmith contestants on The History Channel’s Forged in Fire show and daydream about competing one day herself. In addition, she is an avid arts connoisseur who attends visual arts galleries, culinary arts demonstrations, and spoken word performances any time she has the chance.
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