Natalia Tserklevych, who was once a student of the UCU Theology and Philosophy Faculty, (deleted text) is currently engaged in the rebuilding process of the Donbas and (deleted text) implementing new educational reforms.
She is a civil activist, programme coordinator of the NGO Forum, and a former fundraiser at the start-up stage of the Public TV. Natalia’s three most defining qualities integration, change, and creativity. She can’t stand complacency and constantly takes on new challenges, trying and implementing innovations.
In the past, Natalia studied at the Academy of Arts where she held exhibitions, where and took part in the School of Higher Political Sciences.
When her son went to school, she decided to change the approaches in the education system and eradicate the “sovietness”.
“We must move beyond our capabilities” – Natalia would repeat to herself while combining the maternity leave with her active social activities. She has got two children, successful projects, and a dream to find more time for creativity.
She decided to study at UCU even when theology was the only bachelor’s degree offered.
“At the time, UCU did not have such a reputation and was perceived rather sceptically,” she says. “When going on a train and being asked about where you study, you name your university and speciality, and people openly consider you a nun or a priest’s wife. Although we did not identify ourselves as such. UCU develops critical thinking, gives impetus and freedom to act. Many things that we either achieve or fail depend on us. Almost all my groupmates have found their own place in life. Some have actually become priests’ wives, some have achieved great career heights, and some have moved abroad. As for myself, at UCU I acquired confidence along with an abundance of contacts.”