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Yasmine Kone


Hometown: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Major: International Development

Languages: French, Spanish, English


Hobbies: Traveling, reading, volunteering, swimming, hanging out with friends


Biography: Yasmine comes from Côte d’Ivoire, a country known from its ethnic and cultural diversity. Cote d’Ivoire is a developing country located in West Africa which has a history related to Slavery and French colonization. The official language is French, but we have about Sixty (60) dialects.


Yasmine is currently majoring in International Development since she has a great interest in democracy and international security. Indeed, Yasmine grew up during the civil war in Côte D’Ivoire and knows how this situation can deeply affect people life. War can have irreversible repercussions and destroy lives forever. Yasmine aspires to play a part in educating and meliorating people conditions of life. She wants to be the voice of the voiceless and reduce  inequalities.


Besides her life vision, Yasmine is a humble, open-minded self-motivated and compassionate person who does not hesitate to do right and serve the others whatever the race. Her leitmotiv is “Non nobis solum nati sumus” which means not for us alone are we born.


Being a member of the ICSP scholars, Yasmine wants to present her country to the Portland community and try to reverse all the stereotypes that people have on Africa. The program will also help Yasmine embrace Portland diversity and discover new horizons.  

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