Meagan Dashcund

MPS in Applied Intelligence
Current Position:
Security Administrator, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Current City:
Washington, D.C.

How have Georgetown’s Jesuit values influenced your life and work?

As intelligence professionals, we are told we must remain unbiased and apolitical. I have learned that that is almost impossible, as humans rely on bias and heuristics to go about their day. One must condemn hate speech and those who negate the human rights of others, but that doesn’t mean we can lose empathy for those who disagree with us as well.

With this in mind, I challenged the organization I founded to focus on combating political polarization with open-minded, respectful dialogue. Its name, Al Fusaic, is the Arabic-English word for mosaic to highlight the many perspectives of Middle East and North African issues, culture, ideology, and perceptions. We can fight hate with diversity of thought, but we must first embrace diversity of community. We are only more powerful with that value guiding us in the intelligence community and beyond.

What advice do you have for current students?
My best advice for current students is to hang out with your classmates and your professors. Their experiences will challenge you to grow and learn in ways you would not expect.