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Some lovely news for Roxanne, our second-year student blogger and a rock star in the Fletcher community.  In a ceremony yesterday, Roxanne was given the University’s Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service.  Lucky for me, another student, Kate, grabbed a photo:

Roxanne awardKate also recorded a short video of Dean Sheehan introducing Roxanne.

In his introduction, Dean Sheehan refers to Roxanne’s TED talk, which you may also want to watch.

Congratulations to Roxanne!!

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Informative notes on a variety of topics have flowed into my inbox lately.  I’m going to combine them all in this pre-Thanksgiving catch-up blog.


PhD candidate David Knoll let me know that he and fellow PhD student Matt Herbert just published a two-part series on Somali piracy for the World Peace FoundationPart 1 and Part 2.

Newly selected Al Nakhlah editors (and first-year MALD students) Alex Taylor and Jack Berger interviewed Rami Khouri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.  He discusses the emergence of a new conception of citizenship in the Arab world.

There was a nice online article recognizing the entrepreneurial energy at Tufts.

An Update

Fletcher alum and contributing Admissions Blogger Manjula Dissanayake sent me an update this morning.  Both Manjula and Educate Lanka have had great success this year!

An Honor

Current MALD student Kat Trujillo was just selected by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance for the 2015 class of George J. Mitchell Scholars.  Congratulations to Kat!

A President

In October, a Fletcher alum, Mulatu Teshome, was selected as the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Finally, unrelated to any of the above, a note from me:  I have received some good suggestions for blogs for the coming months, but I’m open to more!  Please be sure to complete the survey and send me your ideas.

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I think the word is out that I cherish students’ unsolicited contributions to the blog.  When I received a note from MALD student Lauren, I was happy not only because I was spared some writing, but also because she shared some exciting news.  Lauren told me:

A team of Fletcher and Friedman students has advanced to the regional finals for the 4th annual Hult Prize. Our team is made up of two Fletcher students (Jane Church and myself), one Friedman student (Kimberly Feeney London), and one dual-degree Fletcher-Friedman student (Christina Filipovic).  This year’s Hult Prize is themed around global food security, and the challenge (posed by President Clinton) is to create a social enterprise to get safe, sufficient, affordable and easily accessible food to the people of urban slums.  If we advance through the regional finals, we participate in a summer incubator to further develop our business.  A final round of decisions will occur in September and we could compete with the winners from the five other regions throughout the world for $1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

And here’s some general information Lauren provided:  The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social good.  In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Hult Prize identifies and launches social ventures that aim to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.  Student teams compete in five cities around the world on March 1 and 2 (this coming weekend!).  The Tufts team will compete at the Boston regional final, with the four other regional competitions held in San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai.  Each team was selected from more than 10,000 applications received, totaling over 350 colleges and universities, representing over 150 countries.

The summer business incubator Lauren referred to provides participants with mentorship, and advisory and strategic planning, as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.  The final round of competition is hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative and CGI delegates will select the winning team that receives the million dollar award, presented by former President Bill Clinton.

In a press release developed by the University, Lauren is quoted saying, “We think there is enormous potential to use market-based solutions to improve food security, economic growth and social justice despite the challenges posed due to population growth and climate change.”

In the same press release, the founder of the Hult Prize, Ahmad Ashkar, attributes the success of the competition to the global youth revolution and said, “We continue to be moved by the large number of students from around the world who are capitalizing on the opportunity to develop business models that target the bottom of the pyramid.”  And he said, “We wish every team the best of luck and thank Tufts University for supporting this initiative.”

You can follow news on the competition and the progress of the Tufts team on facebook or Twitter.  Good luck, Lauren, Jane, Kimberly, and Christina!

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