Tipa Attasivanon is a graduate student in the Latin American Studies program (MALAS’19). She holds a full scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, where she will be working after graduation. “This program has allowed me to link my past fragmental experiences in many Latin American countries with academic knowledge, theories and analytical skills, which I have gained from all of my classes here,” says Attasivanon.
VHacks, a hackathon at the Vatican, brought 120 students together from around the world to work to develop technology solutions to issues related to social inclusion, interreligious dialogue, and migrants & refugees. The Georgeteown team won in the migrants & refugees category with a software that would help migrants and refugees find housing and other services in their communities. The software would incorporate any pertinent financial information available and connect users with guarantors within their faith communities.
Garrett Hinck (SFS’18) is the recipient of the James C. Gaither, Jr. Fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. As a Junior Fellow, he will be a research assistant for the Cyber Policy Initiative and the Nuclear Policy Program. He is one of twelve selected for the fellowship.
For SFS students, spring break often means something other than a vacation. This year, nearly 100 SFS graduate and undergraduate students went abroad as part of spring break programs taking them to Africa, South America, Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East to explore first-hand the issues they had been learning about in the classroom.
Forrest Gertin (SFS’20) ended his term in January 2018 as the 2017 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow. As one of the three of the highest-ranking Boy Scouts in the nation, he represented over 170,000 members of the Order of the Arrow in Congress, on the national board of the Boy Scouts of America, at the annual Boy Scouts of America National Scout Jamboree, and to the nation.
Isaiah Fleming-Klink (SFS’19) has focused his studies in the Walsh School of Foreign Service on the multifaceted challenges faced by urban communities across the United States. “The two issues I’m most passionate about are criminal justice and housing policy, and, particularly, the intersection of the two,” Fleming-Klink says.
Rushika Shekhar (GHD’19) and Jake Glass (SFS’20) were two of five students selected to participate in VHacks, a 36 hour collaborative event at the Vatican in March. The team of five will try to use technological innovation to overcome social barriers and address global problems.
Graduate students at the BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES) held the Transatlantic Policy Symposium (TAPS), one of the biggest student-run events at the School of Foreign Service.
“I appreciate all the opportunities Georgetown has given me to travel and conduct independent research, which has been invaluable to my understanding of transnational threats,” said Hannah Byrne (SSP’18). Byrne is pursuing her master’s degree in the Security Studies Program, which has provided her with numerous opportunities to get a first-hand look at asymmetric conflict abroad.