Wellesley College junior Galen Danskin, a graduate of Waterford High School and the daughter of Karen and Stirling of Quaker Hill, Conn., has been named a fellow of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, which prepares women for positions of global leadership.
Danskin’s participation in the institute will begin with an intensive course this January, where she will take lessons from various international relations and public policy experts, including Albright herself, former U.S. secretary of state and a member of the Wellesley College class of 1959, who will serve as the institute’s first distinguished visiting professor.
The following summer, Danskin— one of 40 students selected to participate in the institute’s inaugural year— will participate in a Wellesley-funded internship in the United States or abroad, applying what she has learned in a real-life setting.
“Often, I feel there is a discord between policy-makers and the communities that they should be serving,” she said. “Aiming for the ideal, governments can forget the complex societies over which they preside. Through my work with other passionate Albright Fellow, I hope to learn the skills necessary to balance government policies and community needs.”
Danskin, an English major, hopes to work in art-engagement programs after graduation. She is the founder and director of The Lobster Players, a performance group of high school and college students in New London, Conn. At Wellesley, she is president of Parliamentary Debate, poetry editor of The Wellesley Review, and an actress for the Shakespeare Society, Upstage Theatre and the Vagina Monologues.
The Albright Institute will combine the expertise of Wellesley faculty, researchers and leading public policy practitioners to educate young women for positions of global leadership. Albright is one of the most prominent diplomats in U.S. history, having served as secretary of state, representative to the United Nations and having worked in the National Security Council. Her leadership is both the inspiration and the foundation for the new institute.
"We are witnessing a generational change in the American political scene. This is the right time — and Wellesley is the right place — to help train a whole new group of young women leaders,” Albright said.