Recent Alumna to Discuss Humanitarian Trip to South Sudan

From: Public Affairs

A pair of recent JMU alumna who now work for the U.S. Department of State will discuss a recent trip to South Sudan from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in Harrison Hall, Room 1261.

The talk by Katie Smith, who graduated in 2010 and is now the Department of State Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Humanitarian Demining Fellow, and Emma Smith Atkinson, who graduated in 2009 and works full-time at the Department of State, is the final event of the fourth annual Post-Conflict Recovery Week sponsored by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at JMU.

Smith and Atkinson recently returned from a program monitoring trip to South Sudan, where the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) supports landmine clearance activities. Atkinson and Smith will discuss their experiences working with the U.S. Government and its responses to the evolving humanitarian situation in the newly independent republic.