Meet Our Fellows

Congressional PlacementRep. Anthony Brown

InterestsNational Security, Cybersecurity Policy, Education Policy

Fellowship Presented By

Arsene Frederic, Jr.

Aerospace-Defense Fellow

Arsene Frederic, Jr. is a Florida native and an education, equity advocate. He currently serves as the CBCF Aerospace-Defense and Policy Fellow.  Previously, Arsene worked with the Maryland Academic Validation Program as a Policy Analyst focusing on Education Policy, Project Management, and Organizational Development. He placed as a semi-finalist with the American University School of Public Affairs #CtrlAltDelete team in the 2021 Atlantic Council Cyber 9-12 Strategy Competition. He is also a 2020 inductee of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society focusing on national security policy. And, he was a 2020 Equity and Inclusion fellow with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) in Washington DC.

Arsene is a Ph.D. student in the Howard University Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies program. His research focuses on diversity in STEM education, particularly at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He is interested in managerial practices that intersect at the K-12 and higher education levels to increase diversity in the national security sector. He is the past Editor in Chief of the American University School of Public Affairs peer-reviewed Public Purpose Academic Journal and the first Black student in this role. He is a graduate of the American University School of Public Affairs and holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Public Financial Management. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English (Creative Writing) with a minor in Education from Florida State University.

As part of the Fellowship program, all Fellows complete a Social Impact Service Project (SISP). These projects allow Fellows to partner with a nonprofit organization to implement or support an initiative that is in alignment with their areas of expertise and the needs of the organization. For his SISP, Arsene is working with Cyber.Org and their initiative entitled “Project Reach”. Project Reach is a K-12 HBCU Feeder Program to grow and diversify the National Cybersecurity Workforce. Through a $250,000 grant provided by the National Security Agency (NSA), CYBER.ORG developed a K-12 feeder program for Grambling State University (GSU) in Northern Louisiana, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and the first university in the state to create a cybersecurity undergraduate degree. This project aims to address the lack of diversity in the cybersecurity workforce due to uneven and unequal access to K-12 cybersecurity education. Arsene supports this initiative by contributing to reports about developing cyber education within HBCUs and minority communities. Additionally, he provides background knowledge about HBCUs’ culture and best practices for cyber education and development. Arsene is optimistic about the possibilities of “Project Reach” and hopes to see the pilot program replicated between school districts and HBCU’s across the country.