Published on May 5th, 2017 | by editor0
Students Showcase Work in Washington, D.C., as Part of Diplomacy Lab
Lauren Seals and Omar Khawam have been working on research projects this semester as part of Wright College’s participation in Diplomacy Lab. In this program, undergraduate and graduate students, under the guidance of professional diplomats, work on global policy issues currently facing the U.S.
Lauren and Omar, with funding from the Student Government Association, were able to travel to Washington for the 2017 Diplomacy Lab Fair and Wonk Tank Competition. At this fair they had the chance to meet face to face with some of the State Department officials they have been working with over skype and email. They also discussed their work to those who stopped by the Wright College booth. The fair also included speakers that explained what it is like to work for the State Department and detailed various fellowship and internship opportunities in diplomacy.
Both Lauren and Omar are planning to study political science when they transfer in the fall, making this experience particularly beneficial as they move along in their academic careers. Omar will be attending University of Illinois at Chicago, while Lauren is still deciding between two schools, both in Washington, American University and George Washington University.
In Spring 2017, Diplomacy Lab was offered in two classes–Professor Janet Knapp-Caporale’s English 102 and Professor Merry Mayer’s Political Science 204–as well as a one-credit Diplomacy Lab Independent Study. Over 30 Wright College students participated in Diplomacy Lab during the Spring 2017 semester.
Wright College has been awarded two new Diplomacy Lab projects for Fall 2017. These projects will be incorporated into five classes: Arabic 101, English 101, Political Science 201, Social Science 102 and Speech 101. Interested students should consult their advisor for specific sections.
Wright is one of just 28 higher education institutions partnered nationally with Diplomacy Lab. Wright, the only community college, is among an esteemed group of institutions including Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Tufts University, University of Notre Dame, and Yale University.
For additional details about Diplomacy Lab and specific projects, email Merry Mayer, Diplomacy Lab Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.