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PBL Rising Sophomore Ayne-Alem Arrington Attends Harvard’s Undergraduate International Relations Scholars Program

arringtonProject-Based Learning (PBL) rising sophomore Ayne-Alem Arrington’s summer is off to a fast start and it’s only early July! Arrington earned a scholarship for one of the 250 spots open to students from across the country to attend the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative’s inaugural virtual International Relations Scholars program June 17-19. Program guide>

“I am extremely thrilled and grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the Harvard Undergraduate policy program,” said Arrington, whose summer will also include a University of Michigan’s coding course and a trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar to visit family. “It was exciting to learn more about forieign policy and issues worldwide.”

The three-day program, run by 12 Harvard undergraduates looking to democratize access to the world of foreign policy and international relations, includes discussions with Harvard professors, experienced policymakers, government officials, and regional experts. Students learn real-world policy writing skills, cross-cultural leadership, and how to address global challenges from all sectors of international relations.

Participants received eight hours of targeted lectures, workshops and activities from experts specializing Latin America and the Caribbean, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, South Asia, or East Asia & the Pacific. The remaining 16 hours of programming involved keynote lectures from leading American and foreign statesmen to begin and close each day, including Henry Kissinger, former U.S. National Security Advisor & Secretary of State; Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA; John Brennan, former Director of the CIA; and Michèle Flournoy, former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; 1-on-1 office hours with leading diplomats, ambassadors, and government officials; and a final policy simulation competition judged by experts with the opportunity to win and attend the 2022 in-person rendition of the conference.

“Early on this academic year, Ayne displayed her passion for learning,” said Mike Kwas, Arrington’s Social Studies PBL teacher. “She set herself apart by demonstrating exceptional communication skills and ability to problem solve in our projects while maintaining a high level of academic achievement.”