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Interdisciplinary research team studies the environmental impact of long-term refugee camps in Zambia

Interdisciplinary research team studies the environmental impact of long-term refugee camps in Zambia

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.

Two SFS undergraduate students win truman scholarships

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 one of 62 truman scholarship recipients

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) is one of 62 truman scholarship recipients

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.”

Spring Break 2019

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.

Henry Mihm (SFS’20) received Improving the Human Condition Grant to teach English in Anantapur, India

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.”

Mohamed Almenfi (MSFS’20) organizes peacebuilding through rugby

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.”

Three SFS graduate students selected for Wallenberg International Fellows Program

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.

Student Spotlight: Kojo Adjepong-Boateng, MSFS’19

In this interview, Kojo Adjepong-Boateng (MSFS’19) discusses his experiences growing up on multiple continents, the most rewarding aspect of his time in the MSFS program so far, and his plans for after graduation.

Filing from Colombia: Julia Friedmann (SFS’19) Reports on Religion and Armed Violence During Pulitzer Center Fellowship

Julia Friedmann (SFS’19) is the first Georgetown recipient of the Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowship, offered annually through the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. In this article, Friedmann, a regional and comparative studies major who studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, reflects on her return to South America in summer 2018 to cover the role of religion in the Colombian peace process.

Alex Roberds (SFS’18, MAGES’19) Dives Into German and European Studies

Alex Roberds (SFS’18, MAGES’19) arrived at Georgetown as an undergraduate with a long-standing interest in Germany and Russia, and through classes and internships built on this passion. He now studies Russian interference operations and European energy studies through the Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES) accelerated program, in which he completes his undergraduate degree and graduate degree in five years.

Charlotte Carstens Starts at CGES After Experiences Abroad

Charlotte Carstens began work on her master’s degree at CGES this summer after working for the German government as an International Parliamentary Scholar, a program that provides total immersion in workings of the German democracy. Before that, Carstens worked in Germany on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.


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.

Out of the Woods: Ty Loft (SFS’18) studies the power of national parks in breaking cycles of conflict

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.

Kalif Robinson (MSFS ‘19) reflects on his role in new feature documentary, Unlikely

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) Learns Problem Solving through Academics and Extracurriculars

Siona Sharma (SFS ‘20) Learns Problem Solving through Academics and Extracurriculars

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.

Converting Life Experience into Change: Amina Mendez Acosta (GHD’19)

Converting Life Experience into Change: Amina Mendez Acosta (GHD’19)

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.

SFS Students Adithi Sanjay and Meghan Mandi Travel to Panama with Georgetown Global Consulting Fellowship

Exploring Casco Viejo and negotiating prices of art in Spanish over 2,000 miles away from home offered an appeal far greater than the typical summer internship for SFS sophomores Adithi Sanjay and Meghan Mandi. Through their membership in the Georgetown Global Consulting (GGC), Sanjay and Mandi were trained and deployed to a client site abroad to work with the nonprofit organization Enseña por Panamá (Teaching for Panama) through GGC’s new fellowship.

Alaa Mufleh (MAAS’18) Aspires to a Public Service Career in Jordan

Alaa Mufleh Arab Studies Program, Class of 2018 Amman, Jordan Language: Arabic Certificate: International Business Diplomacy Summer 2017: Public Affairs Consultant with the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan Favorite Class: Prison Literature with Professor Mohammad al-Ahmad On-Campus Activities: Junior Centennial Fellow with HE Former…

SFS Senior Matt Beshke Embraces Learning, Friendships at Georgetown

After graduating, SFS senior Matt Beshke will join UBS as an Advisory Sales Analyst covering Asian Equities. As a Global Business major with an Asian Studies Certificate and a Chinese minor, Beshke’s studies have rendered him more than ready for his future. He says that the combination of international relations classes and major-related business courses “helped make me a smarter businessman, and will definitely benefit me down the road.”

Aislinn McNiece (SFS’18) Appreciates Diversity of Experience and Intellectual Community at Georgetown

A peak Georgetown moment for International Political Economy major Aislinn McNiece (SFS’18) came in her junior year when she conducted an interview with Canadian Minister of Finance Bill Morneau during his visit to SFS. “The interview happened right after the inauguration of President Trump, who had campaigned against international trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in particular,” McNiece explains.