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Catherine (Kate) Farrington '09, of Brattleboro, Vermont, was one of 15 students participating this summer in the 2007 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program held at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center in Washington, DC. This is the sixth year of the program.

Farrington is an anthropology and government major; a member of the leadership honorary society Omicron Delta Kappa and Model United Nations; and a community assistant. She also works in the admissions office and is co-editor-in-chief of the Laurentian literary magazine.

The six-week program is designed to provide students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs; enhance their knowledge and skills to pursue international affairs careers; and expose them to career opportunities in the international arena. The program is open to full-time undergraduate students who will complete their sophomore year in college before the program begins. Undergraduate participants are referred to as Rangel Scholars.

Based at Howard University in Washington, the program included three academic courses (Political Economy, History of U.S. Foreign Relations and Writing) and additional seminars and visits to give students exposure to key policymakers and practitioners of international affairs. To enhance their understanding of the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and international career options, program participants met with members of Congress, representatives from the International Rescue Committee, foreign government officials and other individuals involved in international relations. This year participants visited the State Department, Capitol Hill, the Central Intelligence Agency, the World Bank, the Foreign Service Training Center and the Holocaust Memorial Museum. In addition to St. Lawrence, represented by Farrington, colleges and universities represented by students in the program included Duke, Howard, Morehouse, Ohio State, Spelman, the University of Oregon and the University of San Francisco.

Posted: July 12, 2007

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