2022 Undergraduate Diversity Fellows

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship awardees, Macy Thames and Fatihah Ullah.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be a community college student or a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college and have an interest in Asia and U.S. foreign policy with demonstrated academic achievement and leadership potential. Our 2022 awardees were selected from a highly qualified and competitive field of applicants.


Macy Thames

Macy Thames is working with the Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy team at NBR. She is a rising senior majoring in International Studies with a focus in Cultural Studies and a minor in Comparative Women’s Studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Macy is involved in various organizations on campus, such as the National Council of Negro Women, Girls Going Global, and Sisters Keeping it Real Through Service (SKIRTS). She enjoys learning about new cultures and ways of living through reading and art. Currently, she is researching racial configurations and gender theory established in popular culture through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Before working with NBR, Macy worked with Nationwide as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion intern and with Public Citizen as an Intern for Protect Democracy. As a career, Macy aspires to help enforce truly inclusive and aware work ethics and policies in major global organizations and businesses. As an Undergraduate Diversity Fellow at NBR, she hopes to inspire and influence people worldwide.

Fatihah Ullah

Fatihah Ullah is working with the Political and Security Affairs team at NBR. She is a graduating sophomore at Montgomery College and intends to major in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution in Asia and the Middle East after transferring to a four-year institution. She takes a strong interest in studying gender dynamics and its intersection with religious and cultural ideals. Before this fellowship, Fatihah worked on an independent research project at Johns Hopkins University, where she studied honor killings in Pakistan and utilized quantitative data to predict a potential solution. Her passion for research stems from a desire to dedicate her life to public service and advocacy in both her local community and at an international level. During her time at Montgomery College, she has focused on various projects targeting food insecurity as well as worked closely with students with disabilities through tutoring. As an Undergraduate Diversity Fellow at NBR, Fatihah is looking forward to exploring global conflict through a new lens while also expanding her knowledge in research and political discourse.