Vydalia Weatherly, Staff writer

For this RSCO Feature, the Merciad would like to highlight the Intelligence Inclusivity Initiative. Elizabeth Kennedy is a senior Intelligence Study major who has a minor in Psychology of Crime and Justice and is in the 4+1 Applied Intelligence program. Kennedy founded the Intelligence Inclusivity Initiative in the spring semester of last year and held their first meeting on April 21 with the help of Briana Kurutz, Beatrice Titus and Katherine Whittecom. “The purpose of the Intelligence Inclusivity Initiative aims to create a culture of empowerment and intersectionality. Grounded within a respectful environment where all participants feel safe, comfortable, and heard. This initiative will facilitate learning in such areas as understanding & promoting inclusivity, studying the powerful trailblazers who have come before us, enhancing leadership skills, and sharing of experiences,” said Kennedy, who serves as the President and Lead Council Member for the Initiative. While the Intelligence Inclusivity Initiative focuses on the intelligence field, all majors are encouraged to join as they discuss important topics that are encountered in all spheres of the professional world. Currently, the Intelligence Inclusivity Initiative does not have a weekly meeting time, but they hope to have the majority of their meetings on Thursdays between 5 and 6 pm in CAE 311. The next Initiative meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022. During this meeting, Kurutz, a senior Intelligence Studies Major with a minor in Criminology who will be graduating this December, will be leading a discussion on microaggressions. She also serves as a council member for the RSCO. The Initiative has many plans for the future. The RSCO plans on hosting Girl Security at one of their future meetings. This organization provides training and mentoring to girls, women, and gender minorities who want to pursue careers in national security. The club also plans to start a partnership with the Women in Intelligence and National Security (WINS) organization at Coastal Carolina University in the coming months. Suki Fuller, an alumni of Mercyhurst’s Intelligence Studies program, is also an upcoming guest speaker. Fuller works as an analytical storyteller, a fellow at the Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows, a venture capital advisor, and a board advisor at Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates. Club members are also encouraged to volunteer to discuss issues related to the mission of I-Cubed that are important to them. “We are always open to suggestions from our club members,” says Kurutz. Fuller will be speaking at the Initiative’s meeting on November 16. In prior meetings, council members for the RSCO discussed trailblazers within the Intelligence Community. If you have any questions about the Intelligence Inclusivity Initiative or wish to join, please reach out to Elizabeth Kennedy or Briana Kurutz or find them on Laker Launchpad.