The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women Announces Partners, Dates for Leadership Academy 2018

United States Institute of Peace and Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to host students for annual leadership training in Washington, DC.

PROVIDENCE, RI, Saturday, March 31, 2018 - The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women is pleased to announce that it will partner again this year with the United States Institute of Peace and Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to deliver Leadership Academy 2018 to the Afghan women scholars in its US Undergraduate Program. Students from nine partner colleges and universities will gather in Washington, DC for Leadership Academy from May 13 - 18, 2018.

Leadership Academy

Students’ undergraduate education and summer internship experiences are augmented by The Initiative's weeklong annual Leadership Academy in Washington, DC, a capstone experience of workshops inspired by The Initiative’s mission and core values led by nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields. The series includes lectures on leadership principles and empowerment; media and communications; as well as workshops on academic and professional road-mapping and resume and cover letter writing.

Special emphasis is given to the areas of diversity and inclusion to give the women in our program, who represent a number of politically polarized ethnicities in Afghanistan, an opportunity to create a supportive network which will sustain them throughout their lives and careers. Students have the opportunity each year to interact with leading US academics, journalists, policy- and lawmakers to speak on behalf of Afghan women.

Summer Internship in Afghanistan Program

Additional seminars are given to help students prepare for their summer home in Afghanistan. The Initiative requires students to return home each summer to pursue service opportunities and internships to ease their country's immediate skilled labor shortage. This program requirement ensures students maintain close ties with family and community as they build their resumes in anticipation of permanent employment in Afghanistan after graduation. Students pay forward their talents, time, and education as they pursue summer employment opportunities in government ministries, large corporations, as well as local and international NGOs.

Annual Afghan Feast

A highlight of Leadership Academy each year is The Initiative’s Annual Afghan Dinner and Awards event honoring alumnae, students and members of our community of academic and philanthropic partners. One outstanding student is awarded the Kobra Ahmadi Memorial Award for Academic and Leadership Excellence.

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