The conference will allow young adults to discuss strategies for enhancing peace in Eastern Europe while learning more about the region and participating in leadership-development exercises. Sama and her fellow delegates will take two study tours — a concept that should sound familiar to Gabelli School students! — to Gagauz-Yeri and Transnistria, two sub-regions of Moldova that the conference will address.
Sama is looking forward to what could be a real learning and networking opportunity.
“There will be ambassadors there from Moldova and Ukraine, whose brains I hope to pick about different issues ranging from Europe to the United States to Egypt,” she said.
Sama qualified to apply for this conference because she completed a U.S. State Department fellowship back in 2010. The Moldova conference is open to alumni of her program, the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship, which was a cultural-exchange program that placed her in a group of 10 Americans and one European from each country in Central and Eastern Europe. The group’s goal was to foster better international relations.
Sama will have a similar aim in Moldova starting on October 12.
“The program is extremely hands-on and interactive, which allows me to grow personally through simulations and discussions while being surrounded by different cultural perspectives,” she said. “Being one of the three Americans chosen, I thought it would be a good chance to represent the U.S. as well as Fordham.”