My name is Claudia Stephens, and I’m a part of the 2019-2020 Olson Scholars Cohort. I’m a current sophomore at American University pursuing a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Arabic Language. I was born and raised in Cleveland, and my experiences growing up there combined with urban studies based classes at AU peaked my interest in studying urban spaces.
This year I plan on researching the answer to a pressing question regarding international development in urban spaces: What urban planning strategies build successful cities in developing countries?