Our alumnae, students and volunteers are making The Initiative's vision of a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan a reality by making positive and lasting changes in Afghanistan.


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Hajar Hussaini Receives Scholarship to Attend West Point Conference

Hajar Hussaini (Russell Sage 2019) received a scholarship from Albany’s International Center of the Capital Region to attend the sixty-ninth annual Student Conference on US Affairs at the US Military Academy at West Point after her nomination by Jean Dahlgren, Dean of The Sage Colleges. Her attendance at the conference was featured recently in the Sage Spotlights section of The Sage Colleges online alumni magazine. The four-day conference entitled, The Politics of the Forgotten and Aggrieved: Remaking the World Order, provided a platform for American and international students from across the United States to join West Point cadets in learning and discourse on issues relating to foreign poli

Intersession Becomes Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy, formerly known as Intersession, has become a capstone of The Initiative experience. Each year, our students gather in Washington, DC for a jam-packed week of leadership development, career planning, policy dialogue, and networking. Students complete a leadership seminar at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development (CCHD). The series includes sessions on leadership principles and empowerment taught by Ellen Kagen of Georgetown’s CCHD; media skills and crisis communications taught by Board Member Marti Boone; as well as academic and professional road-mapping and resume and cover letter writing workshops led by Daphne Wales of the University of Rhode Is

Summer Internship in Afghanistan Program Expands

The Initiative’s Summer Internship in Afghanistan program is expanding! This program allows Initiative students to return to Afghanistan each summer to offer their talents, time, and education in a variety of organizations. Their work highlights The Initiative’s core values of Leadership and Service and builds meaningful bridges with local NGOs and community members in Afghanistan. Congratulations to our students and many thanks to all of the wonderful organizations who partnered with The Initiative in the summers of 2016 and 2017! Hajar Hussaini (Russell Sage 2019) Women for Afghan Women (Kabul) Sapida Barmaki (Montclair State 2019) Sahar Education (Mazar-e-Sharif)

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