Senior Brittany Hardy Awarded Rangel International Affairs Fellowship
Senior Brittany Hardy has been awarded a 2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Hailing from Arizona by way of Gary, Indiana, Brittany is concentrating in Religion and pursuing certificates in Spanish and African American Studies. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Athens, Greece, and completed her independent work on religious and political attitudes toward Muslim immigrants in contemporary Europe. She returned to Greece over the summer to attend the Mount Menoikeion Summer Seminar. While there, Brittany worked with nuns at the Hagios Loannos Monastery and learned more about their monastic culture. During her senior year, Brittany has traveled to Kingston, Jamaica, to conduct research for her thesis on the Rastafarian Movement and Jamaican perceptions of Bob Marley’s musical impact on the faith. Brittany has done internships in public relations with Black Celebrity Giving, TerraCycle, and Morgan Stanley. She hopes to study international affairs and public diplomacy in graduate school.
The Rangel Fellowship will provide Brittany with approximately $90,000 in benefits over a two year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs. As part of the Rangel Program, she will work for the U.S. Congress on issues related to U.S. Foreign Policy. In the summer of 2015, the U.S. Department of State will send Brittany overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, she will become a U.S. diplomat.