Kawasi’s interest in foreign affairs began during his sophomore year of college when he realized how interconnected the world was. “I got bitten by the bug of diplomacy,” he said. Learning of the Rangel Program from his advisor at Morehouse College, Kawasi jumped at the chance to learn more about how he could make a difference in this critical area.
A Political Science major, he applied to become a Rangel Scholar in the summer between his sophomore and junior year at Morehouse College. As a student leader and scholar who speaks French and Spanish, Kawasi was a strong candidate. Bringing to the program a long list of leadership skills and community service in Atlanta, he traveled to Washington, D.C. for six weeks of a crash course in international affairs. “The basic skills you learn from the Rangel Program will enhance your proficiency in all areas of International Affairs,” he said.
Kawasi learned important lessons from all three of the courses offered by the program. The Political Economy class helped him to apply economic principles to real world situations domestically and internationally. The Diplomatic History course helped him understand the historical roots of U.S. foreign policy. The professional writing course taught him how to write clearly and concisely, “the basic root of communication in the Foreign Service”. The classes, coupled with the numerous trips to visit federal agencies and foreign professionals, helped steer him in the right direction.
He completed the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program and went on to participate in the PPIA Junior Summer Institute, which prepares students to study public policy or international affairs at the graduate level. Reflecting on his experience as a Rangel Scholar, Kawasi encourages anyone looking to learn about public policy careers to apply. “This program will give you a much needed crash course into the life of an international and domestic policy.”