Ms. Flowers joined Colby College in March 2020 with more than two decades of experience in public policy, international development, and strategic communications. Previously she served as Director of both the Humanitarian Agenda and the Global Food Security Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a bipartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. Her work at CSIS predominately addressed the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance programs and policies that impact poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in the developing world. While at CSIS, she led a high-level congressional task force on humanitarian access and conducted field research in more than a dozen countries. Her career path has taken her around the world, including working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ethiopia, Jamaica, and Haiti, serving twice as a Peace Corps Volunteer and leading multiple congressional staff delegations overseas. Flowers has been a frequent speaker and moderator on global food systems and humanitarian aid. She graduated magna cum laude from William Jewell College and studied at Oxford University.
Nadia El-Shaarawi is an Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Global Studies at Colby College. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist who specializes in transnational forced migration, humanitarian intervention, and mental health. She has done fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the United States. Her current book project, Collateral Damages, focuses on the experiences of Iraqi refugees in Cairo in the aftermath of the US-led invasion and occupation and the civil war that followed. In collaboration with Maple Razsa, Nadia is also working on Insurgent Mobilities, a collaborative ethnography of the Balkan Route that refugees travel to reach Europe. In 2019-2020, Nadia was an ACLS Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Global Mental Health Program in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. Prior to joining Colby, Nadia was the Global Migration Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, where her work included research and teaching on the health and social effects of displacement and resettlement.
A proud Mainer, Ms. Berard is responsible for executing all of the logistics behind Goldfarb Center events, as well as supporting internal and external marketing and communications, including event promotion, campus outreach, and branding. She provides invaluable support to the Goldfarb Student Executive Board. She has an MBA from Thomas College and has worked at Colby for more than two decades.
• Be a vibrant information hub on the most pressing current events in the world
• Increase awareness of the role of public policy to address these complex challenges
• Inspire active citizenship among the Colby Community
• Empower and build the leadership skills of Colby students
• Create networking opportunities to connect students to alumni and world leaders who have established careers in public affairs
• Spark thought-provoking public policy conversations
• Provide forum for open, healthy discourse for all (all majors, all opinions, all people)