ASU ROTC Cadet Attends Important Georgetown Summer Institute
ASU AFROTC Cadet Joi Eubanks (contributed).
ASU AFROTC Cadet Attends Georgetown University's
Security Studies Summer Institute
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASUA cadet from the University's ROTC Detachment 019 recently attended "Georgetown University's Security Studies Summer Institute" in Washington, D.C. The detachment's commander, USAF Lt. Col. Lisa C. Boyer, announced that Cadet Joi Eubanks, a rising senior at Alabama State University, was selected from applicants across the nation to attend the prestigious program in Washington, D.C.Cadet Eubanks explained that the program was composed of students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the goal to give them the opportunity to learn, explore and expand their understanding of security studies, which focuses on military conflict, national conflict, international affairs, terrorism, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and much more. The other HBCU schools who had students in the program included North Carolina A&T University, Lincoln University, Howard University, and Hampton University."Every day we were able to learn about security-related topics and also about the people who dedicate their time to make an impact on national affairs for the United States," Eubanks said. "We were able to talk with her excellency, Linda Thomas-Greenfield (US ambassador to the United Nations), Jeh Johnson (former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security) and directors of government agencies, military personnel and others."STUDIED AT AND VISITED NATIONAL LANDMARKSShe shared that she and her cohorts had the opportunity to visit such important national landmarks as The Pentagon, The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and some non-governmental organizations such as Google.
Eubanks said that the experience wasn't all work since the Georgetown staff provided for them to have fun at social networking mixers at such interesting venues as The Spy Museum, bus tours to explore D.C., and seeing firsthand national monuments and buildings such as The White House, The Capitol Building and The King Memorial."The exposure to people and to many future opportunities was overwhelming...I had a chance to learn something new and to discover hidden interests within myself, and they even prepared us with data on other upcoming scholarship and internship opportunities," said the native of Baltimore, Md.
DETACHMENT 019 COMMANDER'S COMMENTS
Lt. Col. Boyer was not surprised at Eubanks selection for the program because she considers the cadet a stellar student and conscientious cadet, and one who is full of positivity. Eubanks is the very first 019 cadet to be selected for the institute.
Boyer believes that Georgetown University's Summer Security Studies Institute offers a multitude of opportunities for all of the cadets who are selected and that it sharpens their world-perspectives by exposing them to the unique chance to meet with "avant-garde leaders, warriors, and decision-makers."
"Cadet Eubanks is a positive, strategic thinker, true team player, resourceful student and is completely committed," Boyer said. "She is definitely a leader and I would want her on my team. She is also extremely focused and trustworthy, and her focus enables her to excel as a student. Her trustworthiness is an attribute that I would say makes her a great candidate to work in the national security realm."
NOTE: Eubanks also just received a $1,000 scholarship from the Friends of Howard Watkins (Class of 1980) in Washington, D.C. Watkins said the award is closely aligned with the Detachment-019 program since Watkins is a former inaugural member of the detachment.
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.