Humanity in Action Announces the 2015 Recipients of the Diplomacy & Diversity Fellowship

May 20, 2015 | diplomacy, diversity

February 20, 2015—Humanity in Action announced today the names of the 24 recipients of the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship. The 2015 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship will bring together American and European graduate students for an intense and intellectually challenging program on international relations and global diversity in Washington, DC, Berlin and Paris from May 29 to June 28, 2015. The 2015 Fellows—selected from a highly competitive pool of over 400 applicants and representing a diverse mix of national and ethnic backgrounds—will meet with influential leaders from governments, multinational corporations, and nongovernmental organizations to explore how American and European governments and nongovernmental actors are responding to a wide variety of international issues with a focus on issues of pluralism.

"The response to our Call for Applications was outstanding, and the incredible talent of this class reflects the caliber of our applicant pool," said Judith Goldstein, Humanity in Action’s Executive Director and Founder. "The Fellows are demonstrated leaders with a strong commitment to international concerns with a broad array of talents, experiences and interests. This class brings great diversity to what is sure to be an innovative, fascinating and engaging program." 

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The 2015 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellows were selected through a highly competitive process based on high academic standing, demonstrated experience in international diversity issues, outstanding recommendations and developed research interests. The Fellows represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and hail from 22 different academic institutions across the United States and Europe. The diverse and unique mix of Fellows in the 2015 class will bring dynamic perspectives to the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship as they lead discussions, share their research and, ultimately, produce a research issue on a subject relating to global diversity that will be published by Humanity in Action.

“In each of the program cities – Washington, Berlin and Paris – the Fellows will participate in an extremely demanding series of discussions and site visits to explore the different diplomatic approaches of each country, specifically on issues of diversity, democracy and pluralism,” said Anthony Chase, Humanity in Action’s Director of Programs. The Fellows will explore these issues with experts at governmental agencies, international NGOs, universities, think tanks and foreign policy organizations, with a focus on building skills, networks, and knowledge for foreign policy careers. Multiple sessions in Washington, D.C. will be hosted at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. Humanity in Action educates, inspires and connects a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world. 

Since 1999, Humanity in Action has engaged more than 1,400 Fellows in its transatlantic study programs focusing on human rights and minority issues—past and present—in Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United States. Humanity in Action Fellows have used the knowledge gained in the programs and inspiration from one another to make a difference in public service, journalism, medicine, law, education, the arts, business and grassroots action. Humanity in Action’s unique international network of leaders is a valuable resource to policy-makers, diplomats, educators, business leaders and civic-minded individuals and organizations.

2015 Fellows, Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship 

Aasha Abdill, Princeton University 
Analicia Carpio, American University 
Bill Blaustein, University of California – Berkeley * 
Carly Goodman, Temple University 
David Bargueño, King’s College – London 
David Esarey, University of Denver 
Fabrice Guerrier, Eastern Mennonite University 
Iulianna Romanchyshyna, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Katherine Hahn, New York University
Kayeromi Gomez, North Dakota State University 
Lauren Reese, American University 
Lukas Goltermann, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt-University of Berlin, University of Potsdam
Martha Bohrt, University of Texas at Austin 
Nadiya Kostyuk, University of Michigan 
Neil Oculi, University of Connecticut *
Noam Schimmel, Oxford University *
Pelin Ekmen, King’s College – London 
Robert Alvarez, University of Arizona 
Sandrine Gil, Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po Paris)
Thijs van Lindert, University of Amsterdam *
Umut Pamuk, Ankara University 
Usra Ghazi, Harvard University 
Valeria Munt, City College – City University of New York 
William Schomburg, Johns Hopkins University 
* indicates a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow 

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