|HARVARD FACULTY CLUB, 2 April 2002 -- A group of 26 National
Security Fellows and ROTC students attended the first annual Harvard National Security Fellow - ROTC Student
Mentorship Breakfast at the Harvard Faculty Club.
The National Security Fellows are senior military officers with about 20 years of military experience who have come to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for a year of advanced study. The ROTC students are undergraduates at Harvard who do their ROTC training under the auspices of the nearby MIT ROTC program. The Mentorship Breakfast allows all of the students and fellows get to get to know one another. In addition a one-on-one mentoring relationship is set up between students and fellows.
In a two hour long meeting, the fellows shared stories ranging from their training and wartime experiences to their current research at Harvard's Kennedy School. One fellow described fielding a recent phone call from National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and helping with information to plan meetings for President Bush.
The students asked a variety of questions about military life and shared their own motivations for choosing ROTC and their experiences in the ROTC program.
The Mentorship Breakfast was supported by the Harvard ROTC Alumni Fund, which sponsors many activities to support the ROTC students at Harvard. ROTC leadership and Harvard faculty served as hosts.
The ROTC student - NSF fellow mentorship program is one of several initiatives that Advocates for Harvard ROTC is encouraging to enhance the ROTC experience at Harvard. Other such steps include efforts to arrange joint Harvard and ROTC credit for courses and bringing in outside speakers to talk to the Harvard community and meet with the ROTC students. Other recent progress includes expressions of support for ROTC students from Harvard President Lawrence Summers and the recent decision of Army ROTC to fund full tuition scholarships for Army ROTC students at Harvard.
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