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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Fereshta Noori Presents Applied Design Project at Smith College 2017-2018 Design Clinic

Teams of three senior engineering students propose solutions to client sponsors. NORTHAMPTON, MA - April 28, 2018 - Picker Engineering Program senior, Fereshta Noori (Smith 2018) presented, “Design of Bank Protection Alternatives for the Mill River Greenway in Haydenville, MA” to the Williamsburg Mill River Greenway Committee and members of the Smith College community at a celebratory showcase of collaborative projects from the Smith College Engineering Design Clinic. Design Clinic is a two-semester applied design experience for senior engineering students at Smith College with real projects for real clients. Client benefits from Design Clinic include: Increased staffing on an existing, post

Nadima Sahar to Lead Afghanistan’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training Board

Updated May 21, 2018 Nadima Sahar (Roger Williams 2006 | University of Massachusetts Amherst 2008), member of The Initiative’s Advisory Board, was recently appointed to lead the newly autonomous Technical and Vocational Education and Training Board of Afghanistan. Nadima brings to the organization an impressive combination of education, experience and passion for reform and improvement to the more than half century old organization. A native of Kabul, Nadima was a member of The Initiative's first class graduating magna cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2006. Two years later, after earning her Master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, she returne

Volunteer Profile: Daphne Wales, Mapping Academic and Professional Pathways for Afghanistan's Fu

Advisory Board member, New Student Orientation program teacher and host, Leadership Academy architect and faculty member, and friend to everyone at The Initiative, Daphne Bui Wales brings to our community nearly 20 years of experience creating proposals and content for programs that teach people how to reach their fullest potential through new leadership approaches to their own lives and the lives of others. As a faculty member of The Initiative’s Leadership Academy, Daphne provides workshops on Academic and Professional Roadmaps, Internships and Mentorship, which help our students understand and realize their central role in the success of The Initiative’s mission. We caught up with Daphne

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