|Meto Koloski `05|
Meto Koloski `05
What being a Manhattanville alumnus means to me…
The four years I spent at Mville were a transformative period for me, and what I learned from professors and students, from the variety of classes and subject matters, and the overall environment, has made me who I am today. My experiences while at Mville were important to my development as a person.
One of Mville’s mission objectives is to provide a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing environment, which develops in each student a commitment to service and leadership within a global community. Mville taught me a great deal in social action and advocacy and it was during my junior/senior at Mville that I helped co-found the United Macedonian Diaspora – an organization fighting for the recognition and human rights of Macedonians living in Southeast Europe and in other parts of the world. Since then the organization has grown globally and maintains offices in Washington, D.C., Toronto, Canada, and Melbourne, Australia.
Metodija A. Koloski is a Co-Founder and current President of the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), headquartered in Washington, D.C. Koloski is an expert on Macedonia’s right to its name, minorities in Southeast Europe, and NATO and EU enlargement issues. His opinion-pieces on these topics have been published in the Washington Times, the Foreign Policy Association, The Hill’s Congress Blog, the National Post, the Journal Gazette, and the International Relations Forum. He is frequently quoted in the Macedonian and international media on topics related to Macedonia, Southeast Europe, and diaspora affairs.
In his previous capacities, Koloski has worked for the Foreign Policy Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and DLA Piper LLP. While at DLA Piper LLP, he worked as a Government Affairs Specialist working closely with the teams handling Afghanistan, Dubai, Ethiopia, Turkey, and the Gates Foundation. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Manhattanville College in Political Science and International Relations.
Koloski’s family migrated to the United States from Macedonia in the early 1950s due to communist Yugoslavia’s anti-democratic policies. Koloski was born and raised in Garfield, New Jersey. His family has roots in the Republic of Macedonia, Aegean Macedonia, and Korca, Albania.