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August 27, 2018

JALALABAD, KABUL AND MAZAR-E-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 27, 2018 - members of The Initiative’s rising sophomore, junior and senior classes returned to campus this month after completing internships with participating employment partners in this year’s Summer Internship in Afghanistan pro...

July 13, 2018

A highlight of Leadership Academy 2018 was our students’ meeting with Ambassador Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the United States Department of State.

The Initiative's annual weeklong Leade...

June 25, 2018

Shahrzad Koofi Ahmadi (Montclair State University 2021) secured a prestigious internship with The Asia Foundation through The Initiative’s Summer Internship in Afghanistan Program, which requires students return home each summer to pursue service opportunities and internships to ease their...

May 25, 2018

May 2018 marked the graduation of The Initiative’s 100th, 101st and 102nd graduates since its inception in 2003: the Class of 2018! We are so proud of the hard work, determination and dedication to The Initiative’s mission these accomplished young scholars have demonstrated over the past f...

May 19, 2018

[Editor's Note: Hajar Hussaini (Russell Sage 2019) dedicated The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women's Annual Afghan Dinner and Awards on Thursday, May 17 at the Embassy of Afghanistan with the following prose offering:]

In my uncle's garden in Kabul, as the sun rises every morning trees beg...

May 18, 2018

Generous annual cash award honors the life and accomplishments of Kobra Ahmadi (Randolph College 2010)

WASHINGTON, DC - May 17, 2018 - graduating senior Fereshta Noori (Smith College 2018) was presented with the third annual Kobra Ahmadi Memorial Award for Academic and Leadership Excellence...

May 14, 2018

Fereshta Noori (Smith 2018), a member of the four woman Greenway Guardians team, was featured in the May 14, 2018 edition of Grécourt Gate, the leading news and events publication for the Smith College community.  

The article, entitled Real-World Riverbank Design, covering Fereshta and her...

April 28, 2018

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 Willia...

March 2, 2018

Sapida Barmaki (Montclair State University 2019), junior honors student of Political Science and Public Administration at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, was named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2017 academic term by Robert Friedman, PhD, dean of Montclair State Unive...