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.
“Michele realized that while Georgetown has plenty of places to share policy ideas and opinion pieces about the subject, there were few to no platforms dedicated to sharing how these horrendous acts against women made us feel, which is just as valid and important as the hard political side,” Tao says. It was out of this void that Bossier was born.
Ann-Kathrin Merz (SFS’19) had a once-in-a-lifetime adventure this summer! Merz travelled to nine countries on three different continents in 90 days conducting research as the 2018 recipient of the Circumnavigator Grant.
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.
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.”
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.
“Like a lot of Georgetown students, I came to the SFS because I wanted to be a Foreign Service Officer, or some State Department policymaker,” Camden Elliott (SFS‘18) says about what brought him to the Hilltop. Elliott did not expect then that his experiences at SFS would take him in a completely different direction.
Garrett Hinck SFS, Class of 2018, Science, Technology, and International Affairs San Antonio, Texas; later Pittsburgh, PA Language: French Minor: French Proseminar: 1968: Protests and Rebellion in Europe Study Abroad: St. Omer, France with GU French Department in summer 2016 On-Campus Activities: Philodemic Society;…
Emily Belson (SFS’18) came to Georgetown with little knowledge of the Middle East or international affairs but a determination to learn all she could about the world. Her freshman year proseminar, Islam & the West with Professor John Esposito, introduced her to the region that would define her studies while at Georgetown. That class inspired Belson to major in Regional and Comparative Studies (RCST) with a focus on the Middle East.
Stephanie Arzate (SFS’15), Yassitoungou Tamdji (SFS’11), and Anna Jozwik (MSFS’17) are among 30 graduates selected nationwide to receive the highly competitive Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.
Bessie Zavidow SFS, Class of 2018, International Economics Bergen County, New Jersey Language: Spanish, Chinese Proseminar: The Rise of Global Capitalism with Professor Raj Desai On-Campus Activities: Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellowship Teaching Assistant in the Economics Department Chinese Language Exchange Georgetown Running…
“I thought there would be more aspiring diplomats and fewer aspiring investment bankers,” Matt Ellison (SFS’18) says of what surprised him most about Georgetown. Ellison himself falls into the former category. Drawing from his desire to improve the world, he aims to work in the U.S. Foreign Service as a diplomat.
Rebecca Kuang (SFS’18), 2018 Marshall Scholar, recently published The Poppy War, her debut novel. She has a three book deal with HarperCollins Publishing. The trilogy is secondary world fantasy, drawing on themes from Asian history and mythology.
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.