2014: Marisa Maldonado

Marisa Maldonado, 2014.

Marisa Maldonado is the 2014 recipient of the Walter Roberts Award for Public Diplomacy Studies. She is a Fulbright Scholar from Mexico City who recently graduated from the Master of Arts Global Communication program. Her research interests while attending GW included digital public diplomacy tools and U.S.-Mexico relations, particularly on the issue of immigration.

Previously, Marisa served as an intern on the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, where she conducted research on immigrant children and supported the organization’s social media strategy. Following her undergraduate studies in international relations, she worked at México Calidad Suprema (Mexico Supreme Quality), a civil association funded by Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture that works to increase and diversify the foreign trade of Mexican agricultural products. She went on to work in strategic communications for three years before coming to GW. Having completed her master’s degree in Spring 2014, Marisa plans on returning to Mexico and pursuing work in public diplomacy for the Mexican government or in an international organization.

2013: Kimberly Morton

Kimberley Morton, 2013.

Kimberly Morton is the 2013 recipient of the Walter Roberts Award for Public Diplomacy Studies. The award carries with it a $1,000 prize and recognizes and a student who has performed at a high level in and out of the classroom in public diplomacy-related work, including a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in public diplomacy.

As a graduate of GW’s Global Communication Master of Arts program, Kimberly has coordinated diplomacy-related events at the School Without Walls and produced a promotional video for Paralympic Sports Club DC. She has also interned with Meridian International Center, the United States Olympics Committee, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital. She continues to work with national media (e.g., CNN, MSNBC, and NBC’s Today Show) and international media (Deutsche Welle, CCTC) to share stories about elite athletes, Wounded Warriors, and military families with the world. Following graduation, Kimberly continued her position as Media Relations Coordinator for Hiring Our Heroes, a veteran and military spouse employment program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The other recipients of this award are:

2012: Lisa Barton

Lisa Barton, 2012.

Lisa Barton is the 2012 recipient of the Walter Roberts Award for Public Diplomacy Studies. The award carries with it a $1,000 prize and recognizes and a student who has performed at a high level in and out of the classroom in public diplomacy-related work, including a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in public diplomacy.

Among her many accomplishments, Lisa has been engaged in public diplomacy through her past experience in the Peace Corps and at the Foreign Service Institute. As a student in the Global Communication M.A. program, she maintained a 3.7 GPA within her field of concentration, Public Diplomacy. Today, she is the Alumni Outreach Coordinator of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department.

The other recipients of this award are:

First Recipient of the Walter Roberts Student Award: Akash Suri

Walter Roberts with award recipient Akash Suri, 2011

Akash Suri, a graduating Global Communications M.A. student, was named the recipient of the inaugural (2011) Walter Roberts Award for the Study of Public Diplomacy, an honor co-sponsored by IPDGC and the Walter Roberts Endowment Board. This award carries a $1,000 prize and recognizes the graduate student who performed at a high level in and out of the classroom in public diplomacy-related work, and who has an interest in pursuing a career in public diplomacy. Among his many accomplishments, Suri has worked at the U.S. State Department as an online community specialist and Regional Affairs intern. Suri also previously worked at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the U.S. Embassy to India, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. “We had a strong field of applicants for this award, but Akash really stood out even among such a talented group,” said IPDGC Director Sean Aday. “Akash is a terrific student, very bright and original in his thinking about public diplomacy, and already has an impressive public diplomacy resume.”

 

 

The other recipients of this award are:

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