Join us for International Coffee Hour on Friday December 7th, Featuring Sini Kantola

Sini and her husband and son pose in front of a beautiful mountain lake

International Coffee Hour

Please join the Global Engagement office on Friday December 7th from 9-10AM in the Branch Center in the UC for delicious coffee, christmas treats, and a special presentation by our special guest this week.

Meet this month's guest speaker

Sini Kantola is a PhD candidate at University of Oulu, Geography Research Unit and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). She is a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and is collaborating with University of Montana's Department of Geography researchers and students. Sini's PhD subject matter relates to the participation of citizens in land use planning and decision making in sparsely populated Northern areas.

Sini is originally from Rovaniemi, Finland, the official home of Santa Claus. Sini describes her hometown as similar in size to Missoula filled with many tourists who flock to the beautiful, safe Arctic Circle town for its quiet peacefulness, northern lights displays, and the well-known Santa Claus Village. She has studied, worked, and traveled in 20 countries. This is not Sini’s first time in the US, though it is her first time in Montana. She has traveled to the US multiple times and she spent a semester studying at East Carolina University. One unique aspect of this trip, however, is that she is being joined by her nine month old son and her husband.

Sini enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, nature and interacting with new people. In Finland, She and her husband enjoy meeting and spending time unique guests who they share their home with by hosting visitors through AirBnB. Sini enjoys experiencing different cultures through travel and sees expanding her scope of geography work as a way to experience new places and people. She is passionate about human, animal, and women’s rights and she hopes that she will be able to work in these specialized areas and in development in the future.