Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA) Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday February 18, 2021 Time: 11:30AM – 12:45PM EST Citizenship Required: Open to all students Student Facilitator: TBD Additional meeting instructionsWhile this session is open to all students, it also serves as a forum for Fletcher Students of Color to gather and share career development strategies. This session is set up as an informal discussion and is off the record. Panelists:   Many FACA alums will be participating in this session. Check back for more details !
  • Fahmina Rahman (F’13) | Social Protection Specialist | World Bank
  • Maria Elena Juarez  (F’20) | awaiting a new position at Department of State, Consular Affairs
  • Ahsen Khan (F’03) |Special Assistant, Political Affairs – United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
  • Ayla Francis (F’17) | Advisor, US Agency for International Development USAID
  • Kelly M. Smith (F’03) | Partner, Deloitte
Each year the FACA Alumni choose a discussion theme. Last year they chose “Voice at the Table: Diversity and Decision Making.” The theme focused on the importance of speaking up at the workplace and especially during making decisions, either as a supervisor or a subordinate. Additional Information: FACA disbursed $60,300 in grants, stipends and prizes to support 28 summer internships for Summer 2020 FACA Fellows. In its nine years of operations from 2012-2020, the FACA internship Fund has disbursed $318,350 in support of 149 student internships in 20 countries. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of FACA Internship Fund. FACA Mission The Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA) was created to foster a strong and enduring community among Fletcher graduates of color and to further the interests, welfare, and educational purposes of the Fletcher School. FACA also serves to support and address issues of diversity and inclusion at Fletcher All Fletcher alumni of color, regardless of geographic location, are welcome to actively engage in the FACA community. FACA’s Initiatives:
  • Financial stipends and scholarship prizes for current Fletcher students students of color to undertake summer internships in the US and abroad.  In its seven years of operations from 2012 – 2018, the FACA Internship Fund has disbursed $203,550 in support of 96 student internships in 19 countries. FACA internship grants include five memorial prizes honoring four departed alumni and the iconic statesman Ralph J. Bunche. FACA solicits annual support from Fletcher alumni, friends of Fletcher and the FACA community, which collectively numbers about 200 donors.
  • Tuition support for a current student through the Ralph Bunche Endowed Scholarship (principal of $25,000).
  • An annual career panel in conjunction with The Fletcher School’s DC Career trip
  • A mentoring program for Fletcher students in the Washington DC area
  • Support for diversity and inclusion programming at the Fletcher School
  • Student recruiting through college fairs in collaboration with the Fletcher School Office of Admissions
  • Social and networking events for students and alums Please note that FACA is independent from The Fletcher School, but all donations to FACA are channeled as a special account of the Fletcher Annual Fund
Note to current students of color at Fletcher: FACA accepts Applications for internship support stipends every year on April 1. Applications are submitted through Office of Career Services at the Fletcher School using OCS guidelines. All applications are reviewed by a panel of alumni appointed by the FACA executive board. FACA informs all applicants of their respective outcome on or before May 8 by e-mail notification. The Office of Bursar at Tufts University processes FACA stipends, scholarships and prizes to recipients by May 1 in coordination with OCS. < Back to DC Site Visits