Weissman alumna Tiannis Coffie ’19 has won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award to work in Brazil while serving as a cultural ambassador.

She earned a BA at Baruch in corporate communication with a minor in journalism and is pursuing an MS in environmental policy and sustainability management at The New School.

Coffie taught herself Portuguese during the pandemic. “Brazil is said to possess ‘the body of America and the soul of Africa.’ As an American-Ghanian, an ETA position in Brazil presents an opportunity to embrace a culture that mirrors both of my identities,” Coffie said. She’s also “eager to learn about Brazilian approaches to climate and social justice issues. I hope my experiences in Brazil will equip me with diverse approaches for generating solutions for solving the climate crisis.”

Coffie also expressed gratitude for support from Baruch professors and mentors Laura Kolb, Gisele Regatao, Elena Martinez, and Adriana Espinoza.