Diane Broinshtein, 2015, Australia

On the curriculum: I had a number of goals that I wanted to achieve in a graduate program, and the Fletcher curriculum allowed me to achieve these. I wanted a broad education that would provide me with the leadership and management skills I desired, and I also wanted to be able to pursue my interest in food security. I found that the depth and breadth requirements allowed me to achieve both of these. I also wanted to study somewhere quiet that had access to a big city, and the Tufts campus provides the perfect environment for the intensive study required in a professional program. The achievements of the alumni gave me the confidence that Fletcher was the right place to help me achieve my goals.

On career resources:  One clear example of how The Fletcher School provides a rounded education for all students is the Professional Development Program run by Career Services. Having come from a different country, where the norms in the professional context are quite different, I have really enjoyed the PDP program and learning how to network, write a strong resume and cover letter, and give my elevator pitch. I have been able to use these skills through the Fletcher networks already. This program has improved my confidence and made me more competitive as I now confidently show my best assets when I meet career contacts.

Favorite newspaper:

The Guardian Weekly

Favorite food:

Dessert! And coffee.

Favorite city:


Most rewarding trip:


Most interesting person you’ve met at Fletcher:

The Military Fellows

Fields of Study:

  • Development Economics
  • Humanitarian Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • Journal of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Humanitarian Action Society
  • Admissions Ambassadors

Education before Fletcher:

  • Graduate Certificate, Management, The University of Melbourne
  • BA, International Studies, RMIT University

Experience before Fletcher:

  • Jewish Aid Australia, Refugee Support Program Coordinator, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Intern, New York, NY, USA
  • Oxfam Australia, East Asia Program Administrator, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


  • French
  • English