By Taylor Lee and Raven Able
The 2017 HBCU Foreign Policy Conference will take place Friday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Hampton University students Zhavier Harris, Kiana-Alexis Salley and Dasia Willis, and Professors Wayne Dawkins and Kangming Ma are to attend this year.
Students are to hear from senior State Department officials, observe presentations on career opportunities and will have many opportunities to network. Hampton University was last represented at the conference in 2012 when now alumnae Meagan Downing, Domanique Jordan and Janiece Peterson attended. "I'm incredibly enthusiastic for tomorrow's trip," said Kiana-Alexis Salley, a sophomore, journalism major, Spanish minor from Willingboro, New Jersey. "I don't know what to expect, but I'm eager to be around other uncut students that share the same passion for politics and journalism as I do."
On Thursday night there was an on-campus opportunity for students who had an interest in International Affairs. The World Council Affairs of Greater Hampton Roads and Hampton University was to host a 6 p.m. panel discussion in Armstrong Hall Little Theatre.
"The Powerful Influence of African Americans in International Affairs" included speakers Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety and Dr. Esther Brimmer, who are both with the Elliott School of International Affairs. Admission for Hampton University students and faculty was free. For members of the World Affairs Council, admission was $10 and $15 for non-members.
Both writers are students in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.