Pickering Fellow eager to “change the tone of the conversation” globally


Maribel Vasquez, as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer slated for a new post in China, seeks to help people around the world understand “our common humanity.”

A weekend profile in The Washington Post features Ms. Vasquez, a 2012 Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellow.  Her preparation for the Foreign Service included master’s degree work at American University, combined with support and mentoring through the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship program.

Ms. Vasquez, whose interest in the Foreign Service was sparked by the kind of positive treatment her father received from the U.S. embassy during the 1965 Dominican Civil War, wants citizens of other countries to learn to see Americans differently.

“This is what we have to show,” she told the interviewer—“that I’m not an exception.”

Read the full Washington Post profile of Maribel Vasquez here.


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