Summa Cum Laude
Hometown: Middletown, Maryland
Plans: International development
UMBC has given me a well-rounded education. I have had the opportunity to participate in both research and practice related work in the field of psychology. These diverse experiences have helped me realize my passions for international development and fighting to prevent intimate partner violence.
Kaylin Corsiatto sees herself as a global citizen, ready to get to work addressing major challenges related to violence, public health, human rights, and development.
In her psychology studies at UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove (UMBC@USG), Corsiatto has worked closely with Chris Murphy, professor, and chair of psychology, whose research focuses on understanding and preventing intimate partner violence. Her work earned her a Psychology Distinguished Achievement Award in spring 2018.
Corsiatto came to understand the potential international applications of violence prevention research while working in Thailand with a non-profit that seeks to prevent human trafficking through outreach and education. “During my time studying in Thailand I fell in love with working on such a foundational level,” she says.
Corsiatto has also been engaged in local community outreach in Baltimore, through projects that question privilege, equity, and access to resources. She helped to plan and execute two major civic engagement programs focused on education and service: the interactive privilege walk “A Mile in My Shoes,” and meal donation for hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. In her UMBC@USG community, Corsiatto serves on the Peer Advisory Team and is president of the Tau Sigma Honors Society at the Universities at Shady Grove.
As to the future, Corsiatto is thinking globally. She feels inspired “to continue working in international development, disaster relief, and public health.”
Portrait by Marlayna Demond ‘11 for UMBC.