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Nicholas Shafer joins First Trip Advisory Council

Updated: May 27


Nicholas Shafer

Today, First Trip officially welcomes Nicholas Shafer to the Advisory Council. Mr. Shafer is a long-time supporter of First Trip and advocate for study abroad and inclusive international education programs.


Shafer is a foreign affairs professional with a regional specialization in the Middle East and North Africa. A previous recipient of the Boren Scholarship in Jordan and Research Fulbright in Morocco, he is currently a Marshall Scholar living in the United Kingdom where he is completing graduate studies in international development and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Development Studies.


Shafer works as a freelance consultant working on humanitarian policy, digital innovation, international education, and Middle Eastern affairs, and has previously worked at the USAID Middle East Bureau, the State Department, Advisory Committee on Public Diplomacy, and Smithsonian Institution. Additionally, he co-founded and currently helps to lead Global Community College Transfers (a long-time First Trip partner). The organization is the first-ever peer-to-peer national mentoring network for community college, transfer, and non-traditional students to learn how to access foreign affairs careers and global education opportunities.


“Nick has long been a champion of inclusion and of promoting accessibility to global careers within marginalized communities,” said Dex Burns, First Trip’s President. “We’re all excited to welcome him to the Advisory Council, and I know that all of us will benefit from his advice and expertise.”


Nicholas Shafer is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with dual B.A degrees in Anthropology and Arabic Language & Literature with a minor Public Policy. He is also a proud graduate of Foothill Community College and has studied extensively in the Middle East at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad at the Qasid Institute, Tel Aviv University, and Qalam wa Lawh.

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