To honor those students who have achieved noteworthy success after leaving Florida Atlantic University, the Diplomacy Program Hall of Fame was initiated in 2010. Diplomacy Program students whose accomplishments merit induction are nominated by a committee of faculty for inclusion into the Hall of Fame.
Jenna LeflerJenna Rose Lefler graduated from FAU magna cum laude in 2012 with a major in Political Science. She was selected to participate in the Diplomacy Program in 2010, where she competed at Nationals in New York. In 2011, Jenna served as Head Delegate in the Model United Nations of the Far West competition in San Francisco.
Jenna has been inducted into the Political Science Honor Society and spent a semester studying in Paris. After graduation Jenna went to Morocco to study refugee integration issues. In 2013, she commenced graduate studies at Georgetown University, pursuing a Masters in Conflict Resolution and interning at the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.
Participating in the Diplomacy Program was the most formative and rewarding experience of my undergraduate career. During my time in the program I was continuously challenged by the taxing assignments while also being inspired by the excellence of my fellow classmates. Not only did the program teach me essential skills such as research, report writing, alternative dispute resolution, and public speaking, but competing at the National Model United Nations simulation also taught me to remain calm and confident in high stress situations. These abilities have been invaluable in furthering my career and graduate education. I have no doubt that the skills I learned in the Diplomacy Program will continue to be instrumental in helping me achieve my goals.
Jenna Rose Lefler was inducted into the Diplomacy Program Hall of Fame in 2014.
Ashley ParkerAshley Parker attended Florida Atlantic University from 2010-2012, majoring in Political Science with a specialization in international Law. Ashley was selected in 2012 by the Diplomacy Program to represent the university in the Midwest Model European Union simulation in Indianapolis, Indiana. She represented Estonia as an Environmental Minister, addressing issues such as environmental degradation. While 2012 represented FAU’s first participation in Midwest Model EU, Ashley and her delegation were recognized with two Best Delegate Awards and an overall 2nd place in the competition.
While enrolled at FAU, Ashley was a member of the Political Science Honor Society Psi Sigma Alpha as well as the academic Honor Society Omicron Delta Kappa. Ashley was also a volunteer for the office of Student with Disabilities. Ashley graduated from FAU in the spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a 4.0 GPA. Scoring in the 98th percentile on the LSAT, Ashley was accepted into the Columbia University Law School, where she began her legal studies in the fall of 2012.
“The FAU Diplomacy Program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. Competing in the Model European Union helped me become a better public speaker and speech writer. Throughout the competition, I gave written speeches as well extemporaneous ones. Advanced Diplomacy has given me so many opportunities for which I extremely grateful for. I plan on pursuing a career in international law and I know that the experiences and skills I gained throughout this class will assist me in my future career goals.”
Ashley Parker, May 2012
Saadia GhaziSaadia Ghazi attended Florida Atlantic University from 2006-2010, majoring in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, in addition to a minoring in Sociology. In 2007, she joined the Diplomacy Program to represent the university at the National Model United Nations simulation in New York City. Saadia was assigned to the United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, which dealt with complex issues such as humanitarian rights, the rights of refugees and their access to basic needs such as potable water and medical relief. In 2008, Saadia returned to New York in her capacity as Head Delegate for the FAU Diplomacy Program delegation, leading the team to its second national award. Saadia was honored in the same year as the recipient of the United Nations Association Student-Delegate of the Year Award.
Saadia continued her studies at the American University in Cairo, where language immersion allowed her to quickly learn the basics of the dialect most utilized throughout Egypt and the Middle East. Her fluency in Urdu and Hindi allowed her to quickly progress in class and utilize her language skills to volunteer in the region. While in Egypt, she volunteered with the organization Student Action For Refugees (STAR), a small student run organization focused on teaching English to refugees in Egypt. Saadia then traveled to Palestine and volunteered at the Balata Refugee Camp.
“Living in Palestine really made my education come to life. The F.A.U. Diplomacy Program and my work with UNRWA inspired my interest in refugee rights and the Middle East. I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to have the opportunity to not only learn about these issues, but also make a tangible difference in these peoples lives. Working first-hand with Palestinian refugees was life changing. Their stories were heartbreaking—and inspiring. I will never forget my students.”
Saadia graduated from FAU in 2010, summa cum laude with a dual degree in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. Saadia’s exceptional academic record, including a 4.0 GPA and 99th percentile on the LSAT, resulted in her acceptance into Harvard Law School. A member of the Class of 2014, Saadia hopes to join the The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (PON), a world-renowned interdisciplinary center on negotiation and conflict resolution.
In honor of Saadia’s academic success and accomplishments, Florida Atlantic University proudly inducted her into the Diplomacy Program Hall of Fame in 2011.
Michelle Barton Michelle Barton attended Florida Atlantic University from 2004-2008. She majored in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations. In 2006, Michelle was selected by the Diplomacy Program to represent the university at the National Model United Nations simulation in New York City. Michelle represented Djibouti on the UNICEF committee, addressing such issues as sexual exploitation and abuse in conflict zones, displaced children, and landmines.
Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Fluent in French, Spanish and Italian, she worked for the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France after completing an internship there in 2007. In 2010, Michelle was hired as the Protocol Assistant to Ambassador Ivo Daalder at the United Stated Mission to the North Atlantic Treat y Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium. NATO, formed after World War II to protect West European countries from Soviet domination, remains the world’s elite military defense alliance. She is currently a Media and Digital Communications Specialist as NATO.
“NATO is exciting, fast-paced, and one of the most interesting organizations to work for. To be in the middle of important developing security issues and work with our allies, in an environment with not only diplomats but military as well, is unique experience. It’s the sort of career that every international relations major dreams of. I feel fortunate to have been selected to work at USNATO. Participating in the F.A.U. Diplomacy Program and competing in New York were the most important parts of my undergraduate study. The skills that I learned and experience that I gained in the Diplomacy Program were instrumental in my professional success.”
In honor of Michelle’s professional success, Florida Atlantic University proudly inducted her into the Diplomacy Program Hall of Fame in 2010.