As part of RFG’s growing partnership with Blacks in Government (BIG), RFG leadership attended the 44th annual BIG Symposium, marking the second year in a row that a RFG staff member has participated in the event. The BIG Symposium is designed as an in-person training forum for both current civil service employees and students considering careers in the public sector. This year, RFG Vice President, Alex Ghara, and RFG Alumna, Shydaea Townes (Bush 2017) addressed high school and undergraduate students on a panel titled “Careers in International Relations.” They were joined on the panel by representatives from the State Department, intelligence community, and federal law enforcement. Their remarks at the BIG Symposium are reflective of the Foundation’s broader efforts to educate and motivate young people, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups in government, to pursue careers in public service.