Walsh Scholars Initiative Selects Inaugural Cohort

The Walsh Scholars Initiative (WSI) selected five SFS students for its inaugural cohort for the 2015-2016 academic year. Selected from a highly-qualified pool of candidates, the cohort demonstrates the academic performance, professional and leadership experience, and commitment to Georgetown’s values necessary for successful careers in public service.

In collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and the SFS Dean’s Office, WSI provides each scholar with the professional skillset and network of practitioners and scholars necessary to address the most pressing international challenges of our time. After a semester of professional development training and relationship building, each Walsh Scholar will complete a substantive public service internship.

Taemin Ahn

Born in the United States, Taemin Ahn currently lives in Seoul, South Korea. Taemin is a junior majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies with a focus on post-conflict development in Central America and pursuing a certificate in international development. Specifically, he is interested in exploring development indicators that more fully take account of the whole person. During his fall semester abroad in 2015, Taemin studied in San Salvador, El Salvador with the Casa de la Solidaridad and encouraged grassroots social entrepreneurship among women’s artisan cooperatives. In addition, he has previously worked as both a data management intern at the Peace Corps and as a research assistant for Professor Matthew Carnes and the Berkley Center for Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs. On campus, Taemin is co-president of Georgetown’s orchestra and chamber music programs and participates in the Kalmanovitz Initiative’s Day Labor Exchange.

Anashua Dutta

Originally from Winchester, Massachusetts, Anashua Dutta developed an interest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in high school and continues this course of study at Georgetown. Anashua is a junior majoring in International Politics with a concentration in international law. During her fall semester abroad in Morocco, she conducted field research on European Union-Moroccan migration policy. This experience complemented her work as a research assistant at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, where she focused on Libyan migration issues. Anashua is passionate about refugee rights and looks forward to learning more about careers in public service that focus on immigration and refugees in the MENA region. A former editor, she serves as the 2016 editor-in-chief of the Georgetown University Roosevelt Institute’s publication, Excelsior, and writes for the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Anashua enjoys visiting museums, trying new restaurants, and exploring all that D.C. has to offer.

Patrick Gage

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Patrick Gage is a junior studying International History. A dedicated abolitionist, he has spoken about human trafficking at the White House, United Nations, U.S. Capitol, and Vatican, co-chairs the Nexus Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Working Group, and serves on the Scalabrini International Migration Network’s Advisory Board and Nomi Network Board of Directors. He is also developing several initiatives related to hotels, which sex traffickers often use as points of transaction. In addition, Patrick has written extensively about American politics, possesses considerable academic research experience, and speaks Brazilian Portuguese.

Allison Pfotzer

Born in Britain, Allison Pfotzer came to the United States in middle school and is a current resident of Hendersonville, North Carolina. Allison took a gap year to travel, work, and volunteer abroad before her enrollment at Georgetown. A current sophomore, she is a Regional and Comparative Studies major with a focus on the comparison of women’s human rights in Latin America and the Middle East. Allison works for the NGO Advocates for Youth, where she advocates through media, engagement, and policy for women and girls’ human rights at home and abroad. Her academic and professional interests include education policy, self-actualization, public health, Latin American literature and cultural studies. Allison enjoys travel, food, yoga, being outdoors, and she is passionate about human rights.

Cristina Velasquez

After immigrating from Venezuela to the United States, Cristina Velasquez grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and then Miami, Florida. Cristina is a junior majoring in International Politics with a concentration in international law, institutions and ethics. Before transferring to Georgetown, she attended the Honors College at Miami Dade College. For the past two summers, Cristina worked for a non-profit organization serving high-achieving, low-income students. She taught sixth and eighth grade literature in San Francisco, CA and tutored middle school students in Miami, FL. These experiences strengthened her passion for education policy. Cristina is enjoying her first year at Georgetown and is a member of Blue and Gray Tour Guide Society and Delta Phi Epsilon, a professional foreign service sorority