Trey Spadone spent his formative years growing up in Fairfield, Connecticut. He cultivated his passion for cross-cultural collaboration and international development in high school. For four years, he attended the Center for Global Studies, an interdistrict magnet school dedicated to raising students to become active global citizens. In 2020, Trey graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Anthropology. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Bali and Java, where, in addition to learning Indonesian, he conducted research for his senior thesis on public perceptions of volcanoes, examining how community dynamics affect hazard mitigation efforts and locally driven disaster management practices. With the goal of achieving proficiency, he returned to Indonesia in Summer of 2019 through the Critical Language Scholarship. For the 2021-2022 academic year, Trey served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Bokhtar, Tajikistan. There, he taught students in the country s American Spaces and through the Department of State’s English Access Micro Scholarship Program. Alongside a team of other Central Asian ETAs, Trey also developed and facilitated interactive media literacy workshops in Qarshi and Kokand, Uzbekistan. Trey plans to pursue a master s degree in International Development with a concentration in education. In his professional career, he hopes to contribute to the creation of sustainable and culturally conscious development initiatives to increase communities’ educational capacities worldwide. In his free time, Trey enjoys having meaningful conversations, playing pickleball, and hosting dinner parties. Trey is honored to be a 2023 Payne Fellow and looks forward to a lifetime of building bridges with communities around the world.