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This Month's Spot Light shines on: Kathy McKoy

Kathy Mckoy

Dr. Kathy McKoy, an alumnus of Sojourner Douglass College is a finalist for the Mansfield Fellowship. The Mansfield Fellowship Program—named after Mike Mansfield, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman from Montana—is a first-of-its-kind program for both the United States and Japan. The two-year Fellowship enables U.S. Federal Government employees to develop an in-depth understanding of Japan, learn how its government works, and establish relationships with their counterparts in the government of Japan as well as in the business, professional and academic communities.

The Fellows spend a year working full-time in Japanese government offices, preceded by a year of full-time rigorous language and area studies training in the United States. After the year in Japan, the Fellows are required to serve at least two additional years in the federal government where it is anticipated they will continue to work on projects involving Japan’s issues. The Mansfield Fellowships are administered by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, which works with the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, as grantor.

It is Dr. McKoy’s desire to bridge the gap in emergency management by fostering an ongoing collaborative relationship between the United States and Japan. Dr. McKoy teaches Global Issues of Disaster Management, Recovery and Mitigation and various other emergency management courses in Capella University’s School of Public Service Leadership and has been employed by DHS-Federal Emergency Management Agency for over twenty years. Dr. McKoy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (2006) and her Master of Applied Social Science in Human Services (2007) from Sojourner Douglass College. She also earned her doctorate from Capella University’s School of Public Service Leadership with a concentration in Emergency Management in August, 2010.

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