Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm
Location: Hamilton Hotel, 1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Citizenship Required: Open to all students
Fletcher Facilitator: Exequiel Caceres, Tashi Chogyal
Additional meeting instructions: Please check the monitors in the lobby for the room location upon arrival. We are scheduled to be in the Ballroom which is on the lower level of the hotel.
Please note that we cannot bring any food into the meeting space, so please plan to eat before you arrive or after this panel discussion. So sorry!
- Zaid Zaid (F’99) | Public Policy, Strategic Response |Facebook | LinkedIn Profile |
- Mariya Ilyas (F’18) | Foreign Service Officer | Department of State | LinkedIn Profile |
- Kelly Smith (F’03) | Partner, Cyber Risk Securities| Deloitte | LinkedIn Profile |
- Felicia Wilkerson (F’97) |Cybersecurity Range Programs| Mantech International| LinkedIn Profile |
- Lulu Cheng Meservey (F’13) | CEO| TrailRunner International | LinkedIn Profile |
Additional Information: This year, the discussion theme is “Voice at the Table: Diversity and Decision Making.” The theme will focus on the importance of speaking up at the workplace and especially during making decisions, either as a supervisor or a subordinate. Mariya Ilyas will briefly introduce the mission of FACA and the panel and Zaid Zaid will moderate the discussion.
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.
- Financial stipends and scholarship prizes for current Fletcher students students of color to undertake summer internships in the US and abroad. FACA disbursed $48,350 in grants, stipends and prizes to support 21 summer internships, and travel grants totaling $2,250 for job fairs and interviews to 15 students in the 2017-2018 academic year. 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 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.