A passion for public service has led one Central Michigan University alumna to be chosen for a new fellowship at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, D.C.
Mara D’Amico, a 2010 graduate of CMU and Kentwood, Michigan native, was one of three chosen nationally as the first cohort of Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellows. D’Amico will serve as the communication fellow, while the other fellows will focus on law and research.
As the first HRC Communications Fellow, D’Amico will lay the foundation for the institute's future communication efforts and handle its day-to-day communications. This will involve everyday tasks like social media, blog posts, website updates, press releases, and with formulating and implementing a strategic communications plan for the institute.
“Through this experience, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the specific field of women, peace and security within the broader field of women and gender issues,” D’Amico said. “I want to continue to figure out the role that I play in addressing these structural, societal issues and continuously strive for justice and equality for women and girls.”
D’Amico graduated from CMU with a degree in international business and Spanish in May 2010. She then served two years with AmeriCorps, supporting civic engagement in higher education at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami.
In the fall of 2012, D’Amico began her pursuit of a Master of Public Service degree, which she recently received from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her studies and field service focused on services and policies for marginalized groups, including formerly incarcerated individuals in Little Rock, survivors of gender-based violence in Nicaragua, and women and girls in Arkansas.
“During my time at the Clinton School, I had the chance to work with some incredible people and organizations, narrow my focus within the field of public service, and learn a great deal about finding community-driven solutions to systemic social problems,” D’Amico said.
The fellowship is a yearlong position available to graduates of Georgetown University and the Clinton School of Public Service. The fellowship began Aug. 11.
According to its website, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security seeks to enhance U.S. national and global security by elevating and examining the effect of women’s participation to improve peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace building; strengthen conflict prevention and resolution initiatives; mitigate humanitarian emergencies; and foster democratic political transitions. Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. Ambassador for global women’s issues, serves as executive director of the institute.