On March 12, Joshua Gonzalez, an alumnus of the Ohio State University, was awarded a 2015 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Director of the Rangel Program, Patricia Scroggs, stated, “We are thrilled to have Joshua join our program. Our selection panel was very impressed by his intelligence, achievements, and commitment to service. I know that his experiences at The Ohio State University provided him with strong intellectual preparation and a desire for the lifelong learning that is an essential part of a Foreign Service career. I am confident that he will excel in graduate school and will contribute to global peace and prosperity as a U.S. diplomat.”
Joshua Gonzalez is a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he studied Spanish Linguistics and International Relations with a focus on U.S.-Latin American Relations. He completed research projects related to the history of Latinos in Ohio and Spanish phonetics. Joshua studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador and lived in Spain as an English teaching assistant for a year. He participated in the 2013 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program. He plans to obtain a Master's degree in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He also speaks Spanish.
The Rangel Fellowship will provide Joshua with approximately $95,000 in bene fits over a two year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs. As part of the Rangel Program, Joshua will work for a Member of Congress on issues regarding foreign affairs this summer. In the summer of 2016, the U.S. Department of State will send him overseas to work in a U.S. embassy in order to get hands ‐ on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, Joshua will become a U.S. diplomat, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to his country.
About the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
The Rangel Program is a joint initiative between the U.S. State Department and Howard University that aims to enhance the excellence and diversity of the U.S. Foreign Service. Begun in 2003, the Rangel Fellowship Program selects outstanding young people each year from around the country who exhibit the ideal qualities of a Foreign Service Officer. Managed by the Ralph J. Bunche Center at Howard University, the Rangel Fellowship supports those selected through graduate school and professional development activities that prepare them for their careers as Foreign Service Officers. With the academic, professional and financial support from the program, Fellows now serve as diplomats around the world, contributing to a more diverse representation and effective execution of U.S. foreign policy. More information can be found online.