JCU Presents Distinguished Alumni Award to Alexandria Maloney
The Distinguished Alumni Award is conferred upon alumni who have demonstrated a steady growth of excellence in their career and leadership within their respective fields. Award recipients exemplify John Cabot University’s values and mission of fostering intellectual tolerance, freedom, and integrity while promoting cross-cultural dialogue.
After graduating in 2015 with a BA in International Affairs, Alexandria went on to prestigious Master’s programs in International Studies at Morgan State University and in Public Administration at Cornell University.
She has worked in education policy in her native Washington DC as a fellow with the White House Initiative for historically black colleges and universities, and her research into diversity and inclusion was recognized by Forbes when she was named an Under 30 Scholar in 2018 and 2019.
Earlier this year, Alexandria was elected as a board member for the organization for Black Professionals in International Affairs, and she is President and co-founder of The World is Watching, a global coalition of foreign policy professionals, NGO employees, policy advocates, and grassroots activists, on a mission to internationally amplify the global Black Lives Matter Movement.
“I am so honored to have been chosen as the winner of the John Cabot Distinguished Alumni Award 2020. JCU set me on a trajectory very different than my friends and colleagues who took a traditional route to post-secondary education,” said Alexandria. “Washington D.C. is saturated with foreign policy and International Relations students from local universities or Ivy League schools who all have similar college experiences. The intrigue alone that most employers and colleagues have about my degree from Rome, Italy, brings an instant conversation starter and serious interest,” she added.
According to Alexandria, attending university in Rome increased her competencies and prepared her for the “real-world.” She said that at JCU, she learned how to adapt to new environments, to have cultural sensitivity, and to be patient during potentially frustrating situations. “I feel competent and prepared in my field because of JCU, where I received a solid foundation and support from faculty who I still stay in touch with.”
Listen to Alessandria’s message upon winning the award.