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.
In the World
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.”
Brandi Coleman is a rising sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics with a concentration in Security Studies, minoring in Spanish, and working to achieve a certificate in either Diplomatic Studies or Australia and New Zealand Studies.
From Vancouver, Canada, Gary Xie is a rising senior in SFS majoring in International Political Economy with a minor in French. He has previously interned at the US Senate, Brookings China Center and took a gap year in 2016 to work at Hillary Clinton’s Campaign HQ.
Qiaoxi Luo is a rising sophomore in the SFS, potentially majoring in IPEC with a certificate in International Development. She is a translator for TED talks and a social media manager for Bossier Magazine. This past summer, she was home in China and was thrilled to share her beloved hometown with the GU family.
A number of current and former diplomats (including 12 Georgetown alumnae) discussed “women’s roles in shaping communities around the globe” in regards to International Women’s Day. “I was fortunate enough to have a couple of ambassadors and former ambassadors as professors, [and that] opened a whole new universe to me of opportunity. So, my time the School of Foreign Service was really formative, and I am glad I can lean on it in some respects as ambassador,” said Ambassador Alaina Teplitz (SFS’91).
Mickey Bergman (MSFS’05), Vice President and Executive Director of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work negotiating with North Korea to free U.S. prisoners and repatriate the remains of U.S. servicemen. For Bergman, meaningful connections are the most rewarding part of his work. “My highlights are when a family of a political prisoner or hostage feels that they are no longer abandoned by their government…or when I spent my 40th birthday in Havana enabling the first-ever incubator of American and Cuban entrepreneurs.”
Jill Ricotta graduated from CCAS in 2016 with an M.A. in Arab Studies. She currently works as a Regional Security Advisor for the Middle East/Central Asia region at the International Monetary Fund at their DC headquarters.