The Foreign Service Journal, March 2021

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | MARCH 2021 79 AFSA NEWS Briana Odom Joins AFSA’s Labor Management Team AFSA welcomes Briana Odom to its Labor Manage- ment team as a grievance counselor. Ms. Odom is a 2020 grad- uate of The George Washing- ton University Law School. While there, she served as a legal intern for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2017, as a legal and policy intern for an international human rights organization in 2018 and as a law clerk for the American Red Cross in 2019. Most recently, she served as a law clerk for AFSA’s Labor Man- agement office from 2019 to 2020. She also holds a bach- elor’s degree in psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she was on the women’s gymnastics team. Originally from Mary- land, she has been admitted to the Maryland State Bar. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia. n Carson Relitz Rocker Joins AFSA Governing Board Carson Relitz Rocker joins the AFSA Governing Board as a State representative. A career Foreign Service officer with the State Department since 2003, she became head of the Strategic Religious Engage- ment Unit in the Office of International Religious Free- dom in Washington, D.C., in September 2019. Before becoming SRE chief, Ms. Relitz Rocker was political and economic sec- tion chief at U.S. Embassy Tirana. Prior to that, she served as the senior Georgia desk officer in the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts in Wash- ington, worked on elections a consular officer. Before joining the For- eign Service, Ms. Relitz Rocker earned a mas- ter’s degree in Bible and theology from Wheaton College in Illinois and taught English in Japan. She is an honors gradu- ate of the University of Montana, with a bach- elor’s degree in history and political science. She is married to Brent Rocker, a former Marine with expertise in security engineering and political science. They have one child and enjoy traveling the world together n . Carson Relitz Rocker. Briana Odom. COURTESYBRIANAODOM COURTESYOFCARSONRELITZROCKER Apply for AFSA College Scholarships Applications are now open for nearly $350,000 in col- lege aid to children of AFSA members. Financial Aid. In 2021, AFSA will award $220,000 in need-based financial aid to incoming or current college undergraduates. Last year, 60 students were awarded scholarships ranging between $2,000 and $6,000. Merit Aid. In 2021, AFSA will award $129,000 in merit aid to high school seniors. Last year, 158 students applied and 35 received grants. Most scholarships will amount to $3,500 and will be made in four categories: academic merit, art merit, community service and best essay. Please note that due to difficulties surround- ing COVID-19 AFSA will not require students to have taken either the SAT or ACT tests to submit an applica- tion. The AFSA Scholarship Program is made possible through generous bequests and donations from our part- ners at BlueCross BlueShield, DACOR and numerous dona- tions from individuals. No AFSAmembership dues are used in the AFSA Scholarship Program. The application deadline is March 15, 2021. For full details, visit afsa. org/scholar. n and counternarcotics in the Office of the Special Rep- resentative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and led the internal politics team at U.S. Embassy Kabul. She has also served in Burundi, Ethiopia and Belarus, including tours as a general services officer and