SFS Int’l Development coordinator resigns

As reported in this week’s Voice feature, School of Foreign Service International Development Certificate Program Coordinator Zara Khan (SFS ’07) resigned yesterday.

In a letter sent to students currently studying international development, Khan claimed a lack of administrative support for the program led to her resignation.

“My departure from Georgetown is not related to salary or budget cuts,” she wrote. “I am leaving because the support from SFS which I had asked for did not materialize.”

Khan regularly faced shortfalls and obstacles in her coordinator role, despite the overwhelming popularity of the certificate program. (More than three times as many students plan to graduate with the certificate this year compared to the next-most popular, Asian Studies.)

From last summer until late September, for example, she worked as an unpaid volunteer while waiting for the University to offer her a part-time position. Despite Professor Maria Louise Wagner‘s support, that position never emerged.

Khan plans to move to Rwanda next week to work with an NGO “to develop income-generating opportunities for farmers and entrepreneurs through agricultural interventions that increase food security.”

Khan’s e-mail to International Development students

Dear idevcerties,

I am writing to let you know that with great regret I will be stepping down from my position with the International Development Certificate (idevcert) next week. I will be taking up a position in Rwanda to develop income-generating opportunities for farmers and entrepreneurs through agricultural interventions that increase food security.

My departure from Georgetown is not related to salary or budget cuts. I am leaving because the support from SFS which I had asked for did not materialize.

It has been a great honor to manage the certificate, which did not even exist when I was a freshman at Georgetown. I would like to especially thank Professor Maria Luise Wagner, whom I have known since my first day of classes at Georgetown in 2003. Without her eternal optimism, the Certificate would not be what it is today.

I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of you over the past couple of years, and I hope that we continue to stay in touch. And I hope that after you graduate, you can continue to contribute to the Certificate’s success by maintaining contact with faculty, students, and the campus community.

Professor Wagner will personally be hosting a goodbye party for me in McGhee Library on Monday, October 18th from 5:30-6:30pm.

Best regards,

Zara

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