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Where are they now? Marielena Faria, ESIA BA ’13

On a recent day last month, Marielena Faria stopped by the Elliott School to update us on her career and tell us about her latest project, Hearts 4 Harmony or H4H. The project aims to bring instruments donated by children in the United States to children in an underdeveloped corner of northern India. Many schools there are really just elaborate tin sheds. “India has so much poverty, yet so much culture,” Marielena says. “Music is often a uniting thread.”

Peace Institute Initiates Mentorship Program with Elliott School

The US Institute of Peace (USIP) selected five GW students, four from the Elliott School, to participate in a novel, year-long mentorship initiative. The students competed for the spots, including writing a 500-word essay in addition to providing their transcripts and resumes.

In Case You Missed It: Notable Recent Events at Elliott

The Elliott School was honored last month to host both retired Army general, David Petraeus, and Moussa Faki Mahamat, the new chair of the African Union Commission. General Petraeus spoke on the surge in Iraq ten years after. African Union Chair Faki spoke about affairs on the African continent, particularly the apparent coup in Zimbabwe and conflict in Niger, where four U.S. soldiers were recently killed in an ambush.

MIPP Goes Online

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Master’s degree program in International Policy and Practice (MIPP), a one-year degree program for mid-career professionals, will launch an online version of the accelerated Master’s program in Fall 2018. Applications are currently being accepted for the inaugural class of MIPP Online students.

Elliott Students Participate in Model G20 Summit

Photo credit: IDS students participating in the Model G20 Summit at American University. From left to right, Bereket Abera (MA candidate), Cecilia Franco ('MA candidate), Gracie Cook ('MA candidate), Astrid Ansah (MA candidate) and Rosemary Manu ('MA candidate).

Elliott Welcomes Back Alumni, Greets Parents

From lobby to rooftop, the Elliott School resonated with conversation as more than 450 Elliott alumni, parents, and students celebrated GW Colonials Weekend 2017, held October 19 through 22.

The Elliott School Gets a Makeover

Students who frequent the Elliott School may have noticed a few updates. For those who don’t visit every day, we have a news alert: the Elliott School for International Affairs is getting a facelift.

NATO Selects Elliott School for Speaker Series

Following a successful Elliott School event last spring featuring NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, based in Norfolk, Virginia, designated the Elliott School as their primary U.S.-based academic partner.

Dean's Corner: Welcome to Elliott!

Dean B welcomed students at the Undergraduate Pizza Party the first week of school. 508 students, 1600 slices of pizzas, 8 raffle prizes, a trivia contest and the chance to win a lunch with Dean were all part of the traditional opening of the school year for matriculating freshman and transfer students.

Meet the Finalist! GW New Venture Competition Features Elliott Students

Several Elliott students made it to the final round, in the 2017 GW New Venture Competition, members of the 12 teams that emerged as top choices from 116 teams that entered.

Elliott Students Travel: 2017 Student Photo Contest

This summer, in Elliott School tradition, our students fanned out across the globe.They traveled to Kenya, Russia, Myanmar, Japan, Finland, Switzerland and many other countries for work, study, research, and community service projects.

Today Belongs to You: the 2017 Elliott School Graduation Ceremony

More than 800 undergraduate and graduate students and thousands of family members and friends assembled in GW’s Smith Center on May 19, 2017, to celebrate one of the most significant milestones of their lives. Congratulations, Elliott School graduates!

Faculty Summer Reading List 2017

Want to brush up on international politics, history and the like this summer? Ditch the classroom and grab a couple of these books suggested by Elliott School faculty. We promise there won’t be any pop quizzes!

New Exchange Program Expands Opportunities for Elliott School Students

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York (CCNY) and the Elliott School of International Affairs recently established a partnership exchange program to facilitate academic interaction, increase foreign policy understanding, and foster an enriching student experience.

Rediscovering Biafra

One hundred seventy-five lucky GW students, faculty, and conference attendees were invited to a talk by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, held April 21 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.