Albrecht Fellowship for High School Students: 2023 Schedule

January 28, 2023: Introduction to Diplomacy

Overview of diplomacy and its importance in building international relations, as well as peacebuilding efforts for addressing the causes and impact of conflicts.

Speakers: Dr. Alison McCartney, faculty director at Towson University, and Darion Akins, DC Metro diplomat in residence

February 25, 2023: Public Speaking and Communication in a Cross-Cultural Context

How effective speakers form connections with their audience and motivate change.

Speaker: Dr. Laura Sicola, founder of Vocal Impact Productions

March 18, 2023: Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

How and why states decide to resolve conflicts so they can build social cohesion; how to create democracies in post-conflict countries.

Speakers: Shelley Clay-Robison, lecturer at the University of Baltimore; and Barbara Sherrod, restorative justice and practices program director for Restorative Response Baltimore

April 22, 2023: Refugee Migration and Reintegration

Global migration trends and the services offered to refugees ease their integration into non-native societies.

Speakers: Dr. Astrid Schmidt-King, teaching assistant professor at the Sellinger School of Business & Management; and Leonce Byimana, director of U.S. clinical programs at the Center for Victims of Torture, Zarmina Hamidi, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service 

May 20, 2023: Leveraging Technology as a Catalyst for Change

Using modern technology, including social media, to lead positive change.

Speakers: Austin Brown, Co-Founder Global Air Media LLC; Jason Michael Perry, CTO & VP of Engineering at Mindgrub

June 10, 2023: Global Sustainability

How to address the food, water, and energy needs of a growing population; the impact of climate change on societies worldwide.

Speakers: TBA

July 29, 2023: International Day of Service

The Albrecht Fellows will volunteer at Second Chance, Inc., a non-profit that creates meaningful second chances for people, products, and the planet!

August 12: Graduation Ceremony

Present your projects and celebrate the completion of the fellowship program.


  • Dr. Jim Albrecht, Visionary Founder, Albrecht Fellowships
  • Barry Wright, Highwire Improv and Noom
  • Jessica Robey, Highwire Improv

Hosted by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service


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