Marci has been living in the Washington, DC, area since about 2004. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a double minor in Mandarin and Psychology. She returned to the DC area to pursue a Master's in Teaching and earned her degree in 2020. During this time period, Marci worked as a teacher specializing in Early Childhood Education and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (ESOL). She is currently a Graduate Student at American University where she is earning a Master's degree in International and Intercultural Communication. She is also the PDC Fellow for the 2021-2022 school year, renamed Hans "Tom" Tuch PDC Fellow. Her interests lie in understanding the connection between international education, exchange, and public diplomacy which she believes is important to develop to be able to create peace and understanding in our world.

Group of women pose in front of Christmas tree at the elegant DACOR Bacon House

AWIU Networking Lunch: The Importance of Listening

By American University Tuch Fellow Marcela Falck-Bados On December 14, I attended the American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) luncheon program, Career Opportunities in International Relations (COIR) at the historic DACOR Bacon House. The keynote speaker, Dr. Clare Lockhart, is a preeminent expert on Afghanistan and founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness. She served…

VOA Reaches 311 Million Multimedia Users Each Week, An All-Time Record

Next February 1, the nation’s largest publicly-funded international broadcasting network will celebrate its 80th anniversary. The U.S. Agency for Global Media (the USAGM), which oversees America’s Voice and four other government-funded international multimedia broadcast networks, announced the latest total on Nov. 16. As a USAGM press release put it: “While the COVID-19 pandemic raged around…