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I’ve got some more Annual Reports, to add to last week’s post about the Fletcher Social Investment Group! This collection of only four reports provides a nice sense of the scope of student activities — from the opportunity to sing with a band, to formal conferences, to new student-developed initiatives.
Fletcher Africana Conversation Series
During the Spring 2017 semester, a team of students launched a new initiative called the “Fletcher Africana Conversation Series.” The series, entitled Securing Africa’s Future, addresses unconventional security issues faced by Africa, including those arising from threats to cross-border security and a shift in the continent’s economic trajectory. The primary goal of the series is to explore whether the continent has an opportunity to realize a new paradigm for its growth and prosperity in the coming years. For each event, the team invites a group of experts, practitioners, and professionals to The Fletcher School to participate and lead the conversation. This new initiative, designed to maximize audience participation and to integrate the wider Tufts University community, has been supported by Tisch College, the World Peace Foundation, the Institute for Global Leadership, and the Tufts University Africana Center. It is an offshoot/affiliate of the Fletcher Africana Club, and a legacy of the former Africana Conference. The goal is to provide regular Africana programming beyond the options in the curriculum for students who are interested.
Fletcher Arctic Conference
The sixth annual Fletcher Arctic Conference, hosted on February 17 and 18, focused on sustainable development in the high north and continued The Fletcher School’s tradition of convening diplomats, politicians, business people, academics and students to discuss pressing challenges and emerging opportunities facing the Arctic region.
The Arctic is increasingly attracting international attention and investments as climate change makes resources more accessible and Arctic maritime transportation a reality. The dynamics of globalization have fundamentally transformed the lifestyles of the Arctic’s 4 million inhabitants. This year, the Fletcher Arctic Initiative decided to explore potential pathways for prosperous and healthy livelihoods in the region.
The conference drew over 200 attendees and topics covered included Climate Change Mitigation, Resilience and Adaptation; Exercising Leadership in a Globalizing North; and Innovation for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Participants heard from expert speakers, including Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the largest Inuit association in Canada; Daley Sambo Dorough, F91, Vice Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; and Ambassador David Balton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries and the Senior U.S. Arctic Official.
Besides the more than 30 experts convened at the conference, attendees also had the chance to hear from four Fletcher graduate researchers on the Early Career Scholars Panel. Last year’s conference chair, Molly Douglas, F16, presented on coordination of economic development activities in the Arctic for sustainability and Matt Merighi, F16, CEO of BlueWater Metrics and Assistant Director of the Fletcher Maritime Studies Program, presented on the challenges and opportunities for ocean data collection. In addition, MIB candidate Nathan Cohen-Fournier, F17, co-chair of the Fletcher Arctic Initiative, presented his recently completed study on Entrepreneurship in Inuit communities of Northern Québec. Finally, Max McGrath-Horn, F17, co-chair of the Fletcher Arctic Initiative, presented his forthcoming paper in Polar Geography comparing governance mechanisms in the Arctic and Amazon basins.
Fletcher Arctic VI continued a tradition of convening the brightest minds on Arctic issues to present and discuss opportunities and challenges facing the region. As the region continues to develop, more attention will be needed from policy makers, diplomats and academics. The Fletcher School is preparing its students to face these coming challenges, and will build on the momentum generated by this year’s conference.
Humanitarian Action Society
The Humanitarian Action Society (HAS) provides a network and forum for students interested in humanitarian affairs to explore these issues through discussions with experts in the field, skill-building opportunities, and networking with other students. The group serves as a platform to discuss current issues in the humanitarian space, as a link to external resources, and as a network though which students can explore career opportunities.
This year, HAS prioritized strengthening its relationships with the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy and the Feinstein International Center, and coordinated with both institutions to ensure our members are welcome at events organized across campuses. We hosted talks with experts in the field on the ethics of humanitarianism and the securitization of humanitarian assistance, and organized skill building workshops on conflict sensitive interviewing and IRB applications for research proposals in complex settings. We also annually coordinate student participation in the humanitarian simulation for Professor Maxwell’s “International Humanitarian Response” course. During the D.C. Career Trip, HAS works with other student groups to coordinate a happy hour for current students and alums focused on humanitarian work, human rights issues, and migration. The club has also organized tailored site visits for students interested in particular humanitarian organizations.
This semester HAS began a series of student forums — lunchtime discussions tapping into the expertise of our peers and their experiences in the humanitarian space prior to coming to Fletcher. The forums have been successful and showcase the knowledge and expertise of our fellow classmates, as well as open opportunities to discuss diverse issues like sexual- and gender-based violence in humanitarian settings and refugee resettlement policies. HAS looks forward to continuing the exchange of ideas among our own students, as well as with groups from Friedman and Feinstein, and offering more skill building exercises next year!
The Los Fletcheros
The Los Fletcheros, a Fletcher institution and student-run cover band, perform roughly six face-melting shows per year. Ranging from seven to 15 members, and playing diverse tunes ranging from the Beatles to Sia, the band auditions musicians every fall, and rehearse once a week throughout the year. Supportive classmates attend (at minimum) Halloween, Holiday, and Ski-Trip shows, dancing (in-time when possible) their hearts out to the music. Whether you’re a marvelous musician or a dazzling dancer, attending the Los Fletcheros shows always promises to be a rip-roarin’ good time.
In a now yearly blog tradition, I’ve reached out to student organization leaders and members and asked them to provide an “Annual Report” for their group. I look forward to sharing details on the amazing work (or fun) that these groups have been doing in their “free time” throughout the year. With thanks to the FSIG team, here is the first of the reports.
Fletcher Social Investment Group
Passionate about impact investing or social enterprises and keen to explore these fields further at Fletcher? The Fletcher Social Investment Group (FSIG) is a student-run organization dedicated to the study and practice of impact investing, as well as the development of the next generation of leaders in social investment. To accomplish these goals, FSIG facilitates opportunities for Fletcher students across three core areas: advisory services to social enterprises, investment analysis and due diligence for angel investors, and research and education on impact investing.
Over the past academic year, FSIG members took on nine client-facing advisory projects, focused on domestic and foreign market entry strategies, business model design for new customer segments, and pre-fundraising valuation support. Within due diligence, FSIG teams provided support in the form of deal assessment and sector-specific research to Investor’s Collaborative, a network of angel investors in the Boston area, and Kiva, a crowdlending platform that recently started lending directly to social enterprises. Combined, FSIG’s Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 advisory and due diligence services are worth more than $50,000 in pro-bono support.
Five FSIG members continue to compete in the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) competition, through which they have been able to step into the shoes of an impact investor and develop a thesis, source, screen, diligence, and ultimately pitch a social enterprise at the competition. This month, our team will travel to the Wharton School to pitch their company against those of 24 other top business and graduate schools. We wish our team luck at the competition and hope they’ll bring home the top prize — $50,000 investment in the company they pitch!
For members who cannot commit to a client-facing project, FSIG also holds a number of events throughout the semester. In 2016-2017, these included a special leadership workshop for our team leads, taught by Professor Alnoor Ebrahim, a skill-based session on valuing early-stage start-ups taught by Professor Pat Schena, and a video conference on the topic of raising capital from the perspective of social entrepreneurs.
The 2016-2017 academic year also saw FSIG further its commitment to facilitating career opportunities in impact investing and social enterprises through a Boston Career Trek, held in partnership with peer organizations at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan.
The first post of Annual Reports from student organizations helped me draw a few more. I always divide student organizations broadly between those that have a curricular link and those that have their focus squarely on relaxation. I’m sure you’ll figure out where the following three groups fall.
Fletcher Social Investment Group
The Fletcher Social Investment Group (FSIG) will soon wrap up its second year on Fletcher campus. FSIG is a student-run group dedicated to the study and practice of impact investing and the development of the next generation of social investment leaders. To accomplish this goal, FSIG focuses on three core competencies: advisory services to social enterprises, investment analysis and due diligence for angel investors, and research and education on impact investing.
Over the past academic year, FSIG has provided advisory services to 10 clients, including assisting with a market entry strategy for a renewable energy analytics firm and a business development strategy for a mobile provider of produce in food deserts. FSIG has also partnered with two angel investor collaboratives to provide support in the due diligence process. These engagements have allowed students to develop their skill sets while addressing business and investor challenges, providing them with hands-on experience with investment cycles and consulting approaches.
FSIG has also taken a lead in providing impact investing education here at Fletcher. FSIG led groups through a series of Acumen courses on business and financial skills for the social sector, as well as organized a set of trainings featuring faculty experts. FSIG also co-hosted the Impact Investing and Community Finance Conference, featuring speakers from Goldman Sachs, Acumen, and Third Sector Capital Partners. A group of FSIG members participated in the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) competition held at the Wharton School, with students sourcing and conducting due diligence on early stage impact investment opportunities to present to an investment committee of judges. Finally, FSIG produces the Investing in Impact podcast, which can be found on iTunes or on the FSIG website.
As it prepares for next year, FSIG is eager to strengthen relationships with the Tufts community and with other local partners. To help develop a pipeline of prospective clients and projects, FSIG will have an intern working closely with Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context this summer. To partner with FSIG moving forward or keep up with its work, please visit FSIG.org.
Fletcher’s Net Impact Club
Ben Costigan and Harper Gay
Fletcher’s Net Impact Club aims to inspire, educate, and equip members to use the power of business to create a socially and environmentally sustainable world. We strive to create an environment and community that ensures all Fletcher students graduate thinking about their social impact, whatever career path they chose.
Net Impact is a network of 95,000+ students and professionals from over 300 chapters worldwide who are collectively committed to thinking about four key issues and their relation to the business world: (1) sustainable food and agriculture; (2) social justice; (3) transportation and mobility; and (4) energy and the environment. Fletcher Net Impact is one of the 69 graduate chapters to receive “gold status,” demonstrating that we are leading the way for Net Impact’s global network.
Our chapter actively collaborates with other Boston-area student and professional Net Impact chapters to provide access to events and speakers; internship and job opportunities; technical trainings and certification programs; and a like-minded community to empower students dedicated to achieving positive social and environmental impact through their lives and careers.
Some highlights from the past year include: a site visit to BJ’s Wholesale Club to learn about quality assurance and supply chain sustainability; a networking Happy Hour with local chapters; a roundtable with leading female entrepreneurs from the Boston area; a Global Reporting Initiative Certification Workshop; and a Career Summit panel on ESG Investing.
Jesse Simmons and Liam Connolly
On Friday evenings every fall, Fletcher students close their books and start the weekend by hollering themselves hoarse in support of the Fletcher Fútbol team. Playing in front of the beloved “Fletcher Hooligans,” Fletcher Fútbol is a co-ed all-inclusive club that plays competitively against other graduate schools in the Boston Graduate Soccer League, including MIT Sloan, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Business School.
For 90 blissful minutes each week, Fletcher Fútbol offers students of all walks, commitments, beliefs, and dispositions the opportunity to escape from their daily travails through the therapy of long balls, short passes, cutting runs, and collective exaltation. Fletcher Fútbol is the Fletcher School’s foremost Sports Diplomacy practitioners club. We believe in using the world’s most common language — soccer — to connect students from around the world through a common love of the beautiful game.
Fletcher Fútbol is a cultural, athletic, and therapeutic cornerstone of the Fletcher community. Fletcher’s 2016 team cheer — “I don’t have friends because all I’ve got is family” — highlights the unity, community, and passion with which their players wear the orange and white.
I’m a member of a city commission and we recently worked on our annual report for 2015. Click! — a light bulb lit up over my head. Why not have Fletcher’s student organizations write brief annual reports for the blog? I reached out to several groups and am happy to share the summaries of their activities for the 2015-16 academic year.
Fletcher Cares is a public service organization that provides opportunities for volunteerism to build a stronger, more efficient, and more sustainable community network within Fletcher. Our goal is to build collaboration wherever possible with other Fletcher and Tufts organizations and to promote public service careers. This year Fletcher Cares participated in a winter coat drive and ran a community event “Fit for Finals” to promote health and well-being during finals. This spring, Fletcher Cares will once again be volunteering for the Boston Marathon, hosting our annual charity dinner and auction, working with a U.S. prison reform organization, and will close out the year with a spring “Fit for Finals” event.
Fletcher Finance Club
The Fletcher Finance Club’s mission is to be a platform of learning in the areas of finance and related public policy by offering extracurricular skills- and knowledge-building initiatives; and to provide a complementary channel through which members may successfully pursue a professional career in the broad financial services and banking industry.
A few events we have hosted were seminars to help students with the process of interviewing with financial firms. This past fall we hosted an alumnus guest speaker who worked at Citibank’s infrastructure and project finance team, and members had an intimate off-the-record session on how to secure jobs on Wall Street or in energy finance. Also related to energy finance, we hosted guest speakers from Global Focus Capital LLC and Spinnaker Oil and they laid out fundamental analysis of the current state of energy prices and what companies are doing to hedge.
In addition to guest speakers, Fletcher Finance hosts sessions about internship and job opportunities with firms in global finance. In one such job panel with Chatham Financial, an alumna explained the need for advanced hedging instruments to operate globally.
We also work closely with the greater Tufts community. This spring, along with the Tisch College, we co-hosted a ceremony to honor Robert Manning, current CEO of MFS Investment Management, with the Tisch College Corporate Citizen Fellow Award. Following this event, the Fletcher Finance team toured MFS global headquarters in downtown Boston and had sit-downs with the head of Global Equity, Fixed Income, and Research for the leading investment manager.
Fletcher Finance also provides additional skills building opportunities for our club members through our technical seminars. We’ve partnered with Tufts Finance Network to bring more finance-related events to Fletcher with a coveted financial modeling program, Wall Street Prep.
Our group members come from diverse backgrounds and we welcome those who may not have any financial background but want to learn more. Current club co-president Michael Duh spent eight years as an auditor at a Big Four public accounting firm and will be heading to work for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York after graduation in their financial institution supervision group. Co-president Athul Ravunniarath has made a name for himself in the impact investing space, having now consulted and worked for MasterCard, I-DEV, and Acumen Fund — leading investors in fin-tech and renewable energy — to which Athul brought to the table modeling, due diligence, and deal scoping skills, which he has honed with the help of the Fletcher education and Finance Club. What Fletcher Finance allows members to do is elevate their understanding of finance not only for analysis, research, and number crunching, but also to gain the global contextual understanding that is needed to asses any financial deal.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact our elist. The Fletcher Finance Club is honored to share more about our work and encourages future Fletcher students to carry the torch in the years to come.
Fletcher LGBTQA aims to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues in the fields of foreign policy and international relations, as well as to create a safe and inclusive community for lesbian, gay, transgender, and/or queer students and their allies.
This academic year, Fletcher LGBTQA has sponsored two lecture events on LGBTQ issues relevant to foreign policy and international relations. In October, Professor Timothy McCarthy of Harvard University spoke about the Lavender Scare, the U.S. government’s campaign during the 1950s to persecute LGBTQ federal employees. He described how 5,000 LGBTQ federal employees were fired, under the guise of maintaining national security, and how the events of the Lavender Scare remain relevant today because of the widespread absence of state and federal laws that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In November, Maria Beatriz Bonna Nogueira, fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, spoke about the drive to include LGBTQ issues in international conversations on human rights. As former Head of International Affairs at Brazil’s Ministry for Human Rights, she outlined Brazil’s successful efforts to advocate for LGBTQ rights in the context of international organizations.
Just this week, Fletcher LGBTQA, in partnership with Fletcher Christian Fellowship and the Religion, Law, and Diplomacy Group, offered a panel event on Global Faiths and Transnational LGBTQ Activism. At the event, presenters from diverse traditions shared their experiences on how faith can be used as a catalyst for social justice to build transnational community and advocacy. Speakers included Reverend Irene Monroe, a public theologian, and Kaamila Mohamed, the founder of Queer Muslims of Boston. Tufts University Chaplain Reverend Greg McGonigle moderated.
As issues related to gender and sexuality are gaining more and more attention in foreign policy and international relations, Fletcher LGTQA, at the oldest graduate school of international affairs in the U.S., hopes to be a leader in the conversation.
Asia Club provides a space for students interested in all aspects of the continent to share experiences and knowledge with one another, and to develop a diverse network of students and professionals with similar interests. The club also works to highlight Asian culture in day-to-day student life through exhibitions and events, often in collaboration with other student clubs that also focus on the region. Over the past year, Asia Club has organized Asia Night, one of Fletcher’s five “culture nights,” which showcased 12 cultural performances from across Asia, including martial arts, Chinese rock opera, Thai dancing, and music from various countries. Before the end of the semester, Asia Club plans to host talks by government officials. Along with the South Asia Club, Asia Club plans to bring Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Consul General of India, New York, to speak. Asia Club has also been working to host Mr. Scott Lai, Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, for an intimate discussion.
Fletcher’s Energy and Environment Club or “FLEEC” serves several functions for the Fletcher community. First and foremost, it is Fletcher’s internal network for all things related to the environment and energy. It is your most accessible resource for finding students with experience or interest in those fields. The club facilitates lectures, field trips, networking events, and panels for students interested in the International Environment and Resource Policy Field of Study.
Highlights from FLEEC this year include “The Great Debate” with Professors Bill Moomaw and Bruce Everett. Two of Fletcher’s most well-respected professors debated the possible outcomes of the climate talks in Paris and the economics of climate change moving forward.
FLEEC leadership also worked with Harvard Kennedy School in November to organize a mixer for students interested in energy. Students from both schools gathered at a bar in Harvard Square for a fantastic networking opportunity.
FLEEC successfully in organized a field trip to a local recycling plant. FLEEC aims for a few technical field trips like this per year. We believe a solid understanding of the technology helps inform the business plans and policy ideas we create here at Fletcher.
The close of the year will bring still more events, including an annual alumni networking event the weekend of graduation. FLEEC leadership encourages input from current and incoming students on how best to tailor events to their interests. We are always grateful for the suggestions.
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