Taylor Tielke

Class of 2019

Starting this Fall, Taylor Tielke will begin his Master’s of International Affairs at the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. He will study international relations with concentrations on China, as well as American foreign policy and international diplomacy. Taylor graduated magna cum laude from Concordia College in 2014 with a B.A. in a Global Studies and Political Science. At Concordia, Taylor stayed busy working as a leader in several campus organizations as well as academic honor societies. On the weekends, Taylor competed with the speech and debate team. In his junior and senior years, Taylor was selected for department honors as was asked to take part in a public debate with a Nobel Peace Prize acceptor on nuclear proliferation.

After Concordia, Taylor volunteered with the Peace Corps and was assigned to Peace Corps China. At his site in Chongqing, Taylor predominately works with first generation college students. Outside of the classroom, Taylor created long-term programs such as a gender inclusive (and nationally competitive) spoken English team and a teacher training program to prepare and send teachers abroad to conduct research and observe teaching pedagogy in other countries.

Ultimately, Taylor will use his time at the GPS School to build on his Peace Corps experiences and advance his goal to work for the U.S. Foreign Service. While in San Diego, Taylor will bask in the Californian climate, revel in the thriving craft beer scene, and acquaint himself with all the excellent people at GPS.