The Honorable Harriet Elam-Thomas Retires from the University of Central Florida


Harriet Elam-Thomas who directed the Diplomacy Program at UCF, is retiring from the university. Some of her career accomplishments include serving as U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from 1999-2003; Chief of Mission to Guinea-Bissau; Acting Director of USIA; Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in Athens; Country Affairs Officer for Greece, Turkey and Cyprus; Director of […]
Posted September 29, 2021

UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


The UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub (PRRH) is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a slate of activities, including hosting a series of panel discussions on key issues facing the Puerto Rican and larger Hispanic community. During the month, which runs from September 15 – October 15, 2021, expert panelists will share stories and provide critical […]
Posted September 10, 2021


Diversifying Global Leadership at the Aspen Institute


For almost two decades, I heard about the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP). Based on the alums I met, I knew instinctively that it was an extraordinary initiative.  In March 2021, I received a request from one of my esteemed diplomatic colleagues, Ambassador Ruth A. Davis (Ret.), to serve as a senior advisor for the […]
Posted August 3, 2021

UCF Global Urges Support for St. Vincent in Wake of Devastating Volcano


On Friday, April 9, 2021 the La Soufrière volcano erupted, resulting in devastation and mass evacuations in the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The volcano has erupted several times since and is likely to remain active for the next six months – jeopardizing the lives and livelihoods of the people […]
Posted April 20, 2021

Owen Kirby named UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives Non-Resident Fellow


Owen Kirby named UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives Non-Resident Fellow USAID/State Department Veteran Brings Decades of Foreign Policy Experience to GPII UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives (GPII) is pleased to announce that Owen Kirby has joined the team as a Non-Resident Fellow. Mr. Kirby has recently served as the Director of USAID Office […]
Posted April 1, 2021