Ayla Francis, 2017, United States

Communications Specialist, Fraym - Washington, DC

On campus life: There is always something going on when it comes to campus life at Fletcher. Not only does the administration provide great opportunities for speaker sessions, but the student-led organizations do an incredible job of engaging with students on campus and within the greater Boston area on a wide range of topics. From weekly social hours to small discussion groups to cultural nights, there seems to be an avenue for everyone to get involved.

On the academic experience: In the short time I've been at Fletcher, it's become even more apparent to me that none of today’s major global issues operate in a vacuum. While that may seem obvious, when you are at your day job it is very easy to think only about the issue you focus on and how it alone relates to the way the world works – whether that focus is international development issues or international investments. I can already see the issue linkages I had not previously thought existed, and I owe that to both my professors and classmates for challenging me to think more critically.

Favorite blog:

Lens, The New York Times Photojournalism Blog

Favorite musician or band:

Brand New

Most rewarding trip:
Meeting with CSOs in Mali focused on the national transitional justice strategy

Moment when you felt the furthest from home:

Being capsized in a raft on the Nile River!

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Post-conflict access to justice and economic recovery

Fields of Study

Human Security

International Political Economy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

PRAXIS: The Fletcher Journal for Human Security

International Business Club

Fletcher Political Risk Group

Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide (iMAGE) Fellow

Africana Club

Education before Fletcher

BA, International Studies - Baylor University

Experience before Fletcher

Management & Program Analyst - USAID, Washington, DC

Senior Program Assistant - Social Impact, Inc., Arlington, VA

Staff Assistant - U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC