Professor Lahra Smith and Professor Douglas Howard, along with students Tessa Coggio (MAGES’19), Rebecca Ohman (SFS’19), and Signe Stroming (SFS’19), ISIM Research Associate Nili Yossinger and Marley Chertok of US Geological Survey, spent the start of winter break at the Meheba refugee camp in Zambia. The goal of the research is to develop solutions to the resource management issues presented by long-term refugee settlements. “This is very challenging and difficult work, and it’s all the more important in the world we live in, where many countries don’t want more refugees to come,” Smith said.
Originally from Mexico, Guerrero grew up in Austin, Texas. He discovered Georgetown University after visiting Washington, D.C. in high school. Already interested in immigration law, Guerrero said the trip made him realize that “D.C. was the city for me to pursue my passion.”
Sinclair Blue (SFS’20) and Mena Mohamed (SFS’20) have won the prestigious Truman Scholarship; they are 2 of 62 undergraduate students selected for the scholarship. Truman recipients receive $30,000 for “graduate education leading to a public service career” in the U.S. “Blue plans to pursue a dual master’s degree in public health and urban planning” while “Mohamed intends to earn a masters in international affairs and a masters in urban planning.”
Mena Mohamed (SFS’20), is from Alexandria, VA, and studies STIA and Arab Studies. With the Truman Scholarship, she hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in international affairs and a master’s degree in urban planning. After graduate school, she wants to work “within the U.S. refugee system as a crucial stepping stone to later work in global governance.” In the far future, she hopes to “oversee the implementation of U.S. refugee policy as a program officer in the State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration or in the Refugee Services Division of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.”
Sinclair Blue (SFS’20), a DC native who studies STIA, was selected as one of 62 recipients for the Truman scholarship. Blue hopes to pursue a dual master’s degree in public health and urban planning. Career-wise, “I envision implementing policy that increases access to healthy foods and nutritional education for DC’s most marginalized residents,” they say. “I would rely on my experience as a DC resident who grew up in a food desert to collaborate with community members to create innovative, authentic and sustainable solutions for health inequities.”
SFS students spent spring break all around the world, studying displacement in Jordan, national security in San Francisco, migration in Sweden, and everything in between. Many of these trips were fully-funded and for class credit, providing dozens of students with the opportunity to gain an immersive, global education.
The SFS Improving the Human Condition Grant is “a funding opportunity designed for undergraduates pursuing globally-minded humanitarian projects.” Henry Mihm (SFS’20) was awarded an Improving the Human Condition Grant as an intern for the Vicente Ferrer Foundation to teach English in Anantapur, India. Looking back on his eight weeks in India, Mihm said, “It was my intention to educate people, but I think I really underestimated the amount that I would learn myself.”
Rugby 2018 is an organization that was created by two MSFS students, Mohamed Almenfi (MSFS’20) and Mohammed Elmagbri (MSFS’19), to bring rugby to Libyan youth and to teach them about mental health, responsibility, and peace, who were otherwise being recruited by ISIS while schools were shut down. Originally working in the private sector with the oil industry, Almenfi shifted to civil society when ISIS’s presence in Libya led to many partnerships in Libya ending. After working on Rugby 2018 for some time, he decided to attend Georgetown’s MSFS program because it fit right into what he was attempting to do: “’I started to hear for the first time in my life about peacebuilding, about cultural diplomacy, about forging a national identity. For me, this vocabulary was new.’” Mohamed wanted to learn more.”
Christina Huntzinger (LAS’20), Luis Garzon-Negreiros (MSFS/MBA’20), and Matthew Tibbitts (MSFS’20) have been selected for the 2019 cohort of the Wallenberg International Fellows Program, a two-part program that includes a semester of coursework and a summer internship in Stockholm along with mentorship and professional growth opportunities.