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.
Jenny BaezJenny Baez graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2011, majoring in Political Science and Graphic Design. As a member of the Diplomacy Program, Jenny competed at Nationals in New York in 2010 and led a FAU delegation to the European Model United Nations in the Netherlands in 2011. After graduating from FAU, Jenny pursued her Master of Arts in International Studies at Sciences Po in Paris, France.
Jenny Baez is currently a Projects Officer in the United Nations Relief Works Agency in Amman, Jordan. Her responsibilities include refugee assistance, shelter management and fundraising. In addition, Jenny manages UNRWA relationships with national refugee committees and provides appraisals of ongoing projects aimed at alleviating refugee suffering.
Leyla SharafiMs. Leyla Sharafi, Technical Specialist in Gender, United Nations Population Fund
Florida Atlantic University 1996-2001
B.A. Political Science and Communication
Leyla Sharafi graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2001 with degrees in Political Science and Communication. As a member of the Diplomacy Program she competed in the National Model United Nations simulation in New York City. Leyla went on to receive an M.A. in International Affairs from the New School University in New York City.
Since 2004, Leyla has worked at the United Nations, first for the United Nations Development Fund for Women and then for the United Nations Population Fund. Leyla is currently working with the organization’s Technical Division at the UN headquarters in New York. The Technical Division is responsible for guiding the organization’s strategic and policy direction, providing expertise both within the Fund and externally on a range of issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights and population and development as outlined in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994).
Leyla has represented UNFPA at numerous UN related for a including the UN Commission on the Status of Women, New York, 2012 (side event); International AIDS Conference, Washington DC, 2012; UN High Level Meeting on Youth, New York, 2011; Conference of States Parties of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York, 2010; ICPD at 15 Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Forum on Population and Development, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009; Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009.
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.
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.
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.
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 99 th 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.
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.
In honor of Michelle’s professional success, Florida Atlantic University proudly inducted her into the Diplomacy Program Hall of Fame in 2010.