Diplomacy Studies at UCF grew out of the Diplomat in Residence Program, supported by the U.S. Department of State, from 2003-2005. During that time, Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas served as the official State Department liaison in Central Florida, conducting workshops, providing information on careers, connecting students to internship and scholarship opportunities, and speaking on policy matters. Ambassador Elam-Thomas stayed after the conclusion of her residence to help bolster diplomacy studies at UCF. The Diplomacy Program is housed in the Global Perspectives Office and cooperates with campus and community partners, like the Political Science Department and the Global Connections Foundation, to sponsor or co-sponsor public discussions featuring top speakers, panels and other presentations; encourage scholarship and research; and work with partners worldwide.
Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas
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Diplomacy Certificate and Minor
Lester N. Mandell Endowed Distinguished Lecture Series
The Lester N. Mandell Endowed Distinguished Lecture Series is a partnership overseen by the Global Perspectives Office and the College of Sciences at UCF. Established in 2016 through the generosity of former U.S. Ambassador Robert Mandell (who served in Luxembourg from 2011-2015), the partnership is designed to enhance and expand UCF’s public and community programming in subjects such as diplomacy, foreign affairs and national issues. Managed by GP, the initiative hosts prominent speakers on timely topics throughout the year, sometimes as the lead sponsor and other times as a supporting partner. These speakers are selected with the assistance and input of an advisory committee made up of UCF faculty and staff from various units across campus. The initiative also sponsors a Diplomacy award – the Lester N. Mandell Diplomacy Fellowship – twice a year in the amount of $500.00.
Click here for a list of recent and past events supported by the Diplomacy Program and the Lester N. Mandell Endowed Distinguished Lecture Series at UCF.
The Diplomacy Fellowship
The Diplomacy Program at UCF, the Global Perspectives Office at UCF and the Global Connections Foundation are pleased to provide an opportunity for an outstanding UCF student, undergraduate (at least junior level) or graduate, to serve as a Diplomacy Program Fellow each fall and spring semester. Click here for more information about the fellowship.
The Fall 2017 Diplomacy Fellow is Zoe Smith. She is a sophomore at the University of Central Florida pursuing a degree in International and Global Studies, with a minor in Terrorism Studies and certificates in Diplomacy, Criminal Profiling and Intelligence and National Security. She is a Student Assistant for the Burnett Honors College and a member of Honors Congress. Her research interests include preventative diplomacy, international relations and culture. Upon graduation, she plans on pursuing a career with the U.S. State Department. To learn about other past fellows and scholars, click here.