In this Q&A with Lieutenant Commander Josh Parsons (MSFS ’20), Parsons discusses his military experience, his goals at MSFS, and why he chose to hold his promotion ceremony at MSFS.
There are over two dozen students in SFS graduate programs pursuing Pickering or Rangel fellowships, a testament to SFS’s rich legacy of training young women and men committed to service to the world and to representing the interests of the United States both here and abroad.
A total of 16 Georgetown students have been named Millennium Fellows by the United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network. Each was chosen to elevate undergraduate leadership with their sustainable development-related projects to advance U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in their communities. Two School of Foreign Service seniors – Camille Bangug and Faye Al Saadoon – are serving as campus directors for the Georgetown Millennium Fellow Class of 2018.
Growing up in Marin County, California, Ty Loft (SFS ’19) understands first-hand the importance of national parks—not just for environmental conservation, but also for their impact on the people around them. It was this fascination with the outdoors and a desire to increase their accessibility across the globe that led Loft to pursue a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA), devoting his studies of the politics of conservation in post-conflict environments.
In this article, Kalif Robinson discusses his experience starring in Unlikely, a film “following the journey of five students as they work to surmount the barriers they face in pursuit of a post-secondary degree.” Additionally, Robinson “reflects on his experience as a student from an underrepresented community within tertiary education.”
Siona Sharma (SFS ‘20) enjoys the process of problem solving. Her first major experience with the process came in high school while building Starts with Soap (SWS)—an education nonprofit that seeks to “provide basic necessities to schools that lack adequate funding” and, in the process, “work towards equitable education nationwide.” Now a junior in the SFS, she has continued to explore this process through coursework in STIA and various extracurricular activities.
Sean Cooke (SFS’21), a member of the U.S. Navy Seaman to Admiral 21 Program, is one of two Georgetown student veterans who have been awarded the competitive 2018 Tillman Scholarship for strength in character and academic excellence.
Vivian Hagerty (SSP ’19) has balanced both studies and a career during her time in the Security Studies Program. While studying at Georgetown part-time, Hagerty has been working full-time at Valens Global, a company that consults on counter-terrorism, serving in a project management and analytical role.
Amina Mendez Acosta (GHD’19) reflects on her journey from a small rural village in the Philippines to a master’s program at the SFS. She explains how her experiences as a child living in relative poverty have informed her desire to work in development, focusing on financial inclusion, agriculture, and food security.