Keren Yohannes, 2014, United States

What the flexibility of the curriculum has allowed me to:  The flexibility of Fletcher's curriculum allows me to weave together different disciplines to create a holistic understanding of my fields of study. My specific academic and professional interests are in inclusive humanitarian services for people with disabilities. While no one course is devoted to this subject, I am nonetheless expanding my understanding of the practice and implications of humanitarianism through my coursework. From human rights law to strategies in crisis management and processes of international negotiation, I gain a wide range of tools that, when studied together, prepare me for my intended work after graduation. I have quickly learned that, although we are in classes together, no two Fletcher students study the same thing. Thanks to the flexibility of the curriculum, every student tailors the program to best fit their academic interests, career aspirations, and needed skill-set.

How has Fletcher broadened your global perspective?  It might be a strange thing to say, but since coming to Fletcher, I have been reminded of how interesting the whole world is. As an individual, it is easy to become narrowly focused on one issue or geographic area. For me, that focus was saved almost exclusively for Sub-Saharan Africa and issues in forced migration. Thanks to the Fletcher community, however, I am constantly given opportunities and encouragement to challenge my ways of thinking and expand my knowledge pools. Thanks to the real life experiences that my peers bring into the classroom, and the many discussions that take place in the halls, campus-housing, or social hours, I am learning how fascinating and complicated a place the world is one conversation at a time.

Favorite food:

French toast

Favorite musician:

Mumford and Sons

Favorite website:

Favorite city:

Cairo, Egypt

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Thomas R. Pickering

Fields of Study

  • Humanitarian Studies
  • Human Security

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Praxis Journal of Human Security
  • Africana Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Studies, Macalester College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Watson Research Fellow, Thomas J. Watson Foundation, West Africa and South Asia

  • Admissions Intern, Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration, US Department of State, Washington, D.C.

  • New Tactics in Human Rights Intern, Center for Victims of Torture, Saint Paul, MN


  • German
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

US Embassy,  Lusaka, Zambia.
I completed my summer internship with the Public Affairs Section at the embassy in Lusaka. I was involved in many aspects of public affairs work, such as monitoring daily news, reaching out to Zambian students, and writing speeches. I also worked on disability issues by drafting a cable on new Zambian disability legislation and facilitating meetings with disability rights activists.