MSFS Student Organizations
The Africa Forum was established for the purpose of spreading awareness and promoting dialogue about the 54 nations of Africa amongst Georgetown University graduate students. The organization has increased its visibility through hosting professionally-focused events about security, development, business or governance in an African context; promoting awareness of African culture and history; enabling outreach to the local African community and experts in African issues; and keeping our members aware of current international affairs issues in Africa. Africa Forum plays a critical role in the planning and hosting of the Georgetown Africa Business Conference (GTABC), a joint initiative between the School of Foreign Service and the McDonough School of Business, that brings 350+ participants, policy makers, start-up founders and tri-sector experts from all over the world to the Georgetown campus.
Big Buddies is focused on connecting Georgetown students with elementary school students over fun activities in the D.C./Virginia area. Our mission is to offer socio-emotional support for elementary kids, including teaching them about empathy, emotional intelligence, the value of teamwork. We work specifically with Key Elementary School to organize outings for members one Saturday out of each month. Previous outings have included the zoo, putt-putt golf, and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
Foreign Affairs Science and Technology
FAST is a graduate student group focused on the intersection of technology and foreign affairs. This includes everything from AI regulations, to space policy, to tech diplomacy. We’re fortunate to be working at an intersection that’s evolving by the day, and will continue to do so. Our main goal is to bring in speakers who are leaders in the field, while also hosting introductory workshops that help build baseline knowledge in emerging tech concepts for students who don’t necessarily consider themselves tech-focused, but may be involved in work that interacts with tech.
Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA)
GWIA is a student-led organization dedicated to increasing the visibility of women in international affairs and developing quality leadership among SFS graduate students. GWIA is housed under the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS), which examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security worldwide. Through interactive programming, GWIA connects, empowers, and prepares emerging women leaders. GWIA offers graduate students the unique opportunity to hear from women in leadership positions on various topics of concern to women professionals, including career trajectories, challenges of maintaining a work/life balance and building professional experience.
Middle East and North Africa Forum
The MENA Forum serves to raise awareness about pressing issues in the Middle East and North Africa amongst the Georgetown University community and to help foster graduate student engagement with faculty and policy professionals involved in these issues.
Professionals in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Affairs (PREEA)
PREEA aims to bring together current students, alumni, practitioners, and intellectual leaders interested in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia. PREEA strives to provide opportunities for professional and intellectual development and cultural exchange. We host engaging speakers and a wide variety of events, such as career and current event panels, coffee chats, excursions, as well as networking opportunities.
SFS Energy Club
The Energy Club is a platform for SFS students to engage in discussions and debates on the political, economic, and environmental issues relating to energy. By hosting topical and engaging events, the Club seeks to generate deeper understanding among the Georgetown community regarding energy and environmental issues and how they relate to international affairs, politics, and the private sector. The SFS Energy Club also aims to foster links with the professional energy community in Washington, D.C. and around the world.