Alicia Hammond, 2012, Jamaica

 Something that has surprised me about Fletcher: I’m truly surprised that everything I’ve heard about the Fletcher community is absolutely true—no exceptions. Fletcher students are informed, driven, accomplished, and genuinely interested in making a difference. The community is open-minded, welcoming and despite their many achievements, they are still eager to learn more. There is also a level of acceptance that creates a sense of comfort and belonging here. Bonds have developed quickly and I suspect that they will last a lifetime.

How I plan to use my experience at Fletcher to make a difference in the world: I plan to use my Fletcher education to contribute to international human rights advocacy. My Law and Development concentration will help me to develop the skills needed to understand the way in which legal frameworks in developing countries can facilitate or hinder development and subsequent access to human rights. This understanding will provide me with the tools to advocate effectively for legal reform and cultivate attitudes and behaviors that create an enabling environment for all. I also plan to use my Development Economics concentration in the context of human rights as well; I will explore the way in which legislation and cultural adherence to human rights principles impact macroeconomic conditions in developing countries.

Favorite author:
Albert Camus

Favorite blog (entertainment):
The Sartorialist

Favorite website:

Favorite city:

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:
Human rights violations

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • Law and Development

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Global Women
  • Human Rights Project
  • Fletcher Youth Initiative
  • Harvard Law and International Development Society

Education before Fletcher

  • B.A., International Relations and French, Mount Holyoke College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Planning Institute of Jamaica/UNICEF, Workshop Coordinator - Kingston, Jamaica
  • Ministry of Health/USAID, Programmatic Coordinator - Kingston, Jamica
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Outreach Intern - Boston, Massachusetts


  • French
  • Swahili
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • English

Summer Internship

  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania