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Alyssa Mouton heads to U.N. to learn advocacy skills at Commission on the Status of Women Conference
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Alyssa Mouton (MPP/MPH '14) will gain experience in the art of advocacy at a practicum held March 8 – March 15, 2014 in conjunction with meetings of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Mouton is one of 20 women students chosen from across the nation to participate in the practicum, which offers an opportunity to observe how the United Nations works to address issues requiring multilateral engagement and coordinated action.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Steven Rzeppa (BA '14) hopes to bring a fresh perspective to city government in his hometown of Trenton, MI.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
The Center for the Education of Women selected Adrienne Call (MPP/MSW '13), Colleen Campbell (MPP/MA '14), and Kristin van Ausdal (MPP '14) among its 2013-14 scholarship recipients, honoring the academic performance and potential of women.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Rachel Potter has won the 2013 Founders Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for her paper, "Strategic Transparency in Agency Rulemaking." The award is given for the best graduate student paper presented at APSA's annual meeting or at any of the regional meetings in the preceding two years.
Monday, July 22, 2013
The Michigan Daily has named Ford School BA senior Kevin Mersol-Barg (BA '14) a Student of the Year. Each year, the campus paper's managing editors cull eleven finalists from dozens of nominated students who have had a positive impact at the University.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
U-M ranks No. 7 in the nation as a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows university in the 2013 rankings of top Peace Corps Master's International and Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.
U-M has 20 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers currently enrolled in the Coverdell Fellows graduate program.
The Coverdell Fellows Program provides returned volunteers with scholarships, academic credit, and stipends to earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service along with professional internships helping underserved American communities. The Peace Corps Master's International program allows students to earn their graduate degree while serving in the Peace Corps. U-M offers both Peace Corps Fellows and Master's International programs.
Ford School names incoming MPP/MBA students Brian Garcia and Brian McMillan as 2014 Bohnett Public Service Fellows
Friday, May 3, 2013
Incoming MPP/MBA candidates Brian Garcia and Brian McMillan have been selected to receive the prestigious David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship. The foundation will pay full tuition for two years for both Garcia and McMillan and will provide a $6,000 summer internship stipend. Both Garcia and McMillan commit to completing a ten-week, full-time summer internship with the City of Detroit Mayor's Office.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Ford School master's students Patrick Leonard, Tyler Sawher, Dan Trubman, and Eboni Wells presented proposals to local officials, community leaders, and residents that would repurpose the GM Powertrain Plant Facility and the Willow Run Airport as a waste management facility, or "Energyopolis," and "Willow Network," a research hub. The presentation served as the culmination of the students' final project for the Applied Policy Seminar (APS). The four students were part of a research group that also included students from the U-M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the School of Public Health, and the College of Engineering.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Members of the Ford School community participated in a three-mile solidarity run through Ann Arbor on Saturday to honor victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. The event, organized by Ford School graduate student James (Jimmy) Schneidewind (MPP '14) and co-sponsored by the Ford School, the City of Ann Arbor, and local organizations and businesses, was planned as a way for the Ann Arbor and University of Michigan communities to show support for victims of the bombing.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Zouheir Al Ghreiwati looks toward the future of Syria
Zouheir Al Ghreiwati's (BA '14) native land is a warzone.
Hailing from Damascus, Syria, Al Ghreiwati lived in the now war-torn nation until his junior year of high school. Despite the mainstream media's portrayal of Syria as a country divided by sectarian lines, Ghreiwati believes the civil war is driven not by religious hatred, but by the Syrian people's desire for democracy.
Fifth Annual Public Policy Connects conference welcomes students from Washtenaw International High School
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Public Policy Connects (PPC) stepped up to a new challenge in 2013. Held on Saturday, April 13, the 5th Annual student-led conference has for the last several years aimed at introducing high school students from southeast Michigan to public policy and demystifying the college application process. This year, the Ford School's Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP) and co-host Association for Public Policy about Learning and Education (APPLE) amplified that goal when they welcomed sophomores and juniors from Washtenaw International High SchoolIPE (Integrated Policy Exercise) style simulation, "Online Learning: The Next Frontier?"
Friday, March 22, 2013
The 2013 Ford School Charity Auction will take place on April 6 at the Kensington Court Hotel in Ann Arbor. The theme for this year's fundraiser is "The Roaring 20s" and will involve a jazz-era gala. The beneficiary of the event will be Detroit Action Commonwealth, a nonprofit in southeast Michigan which supports homeless communities in Detroit.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Ford School student Lauren Sheram's (MPP '14) team won the 2013 Social Impact Challenge, a case competition organized by the Nonprofit and Public Management Center.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
In March, twenty-five graduate students from the Ford School and other programs at the University of Michigan will spend a week off the coast of West Africa in the island nation of Cape Verde to research social and economic issues. The trip will be the culmination of a half-semester course focusing on development issues in Cape Verde.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Cassarah Brown (MPP '14), Adrianna McIntyre (MPP/MPH '15), and Betsy Riley (MPP/MS '14) are part of forty master's and professional degree students selected to receive the Dow Sustainability Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
Friday, January 11, 2013
All application materials for the Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration program are due January 15. Applicants can view checklists and apply online.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
International development interns put ideas to work
One block down Hill Street, just west of State, is Ali Baba's, a small Middle Eastern restaurant with habit-forming grape leaves and baklava. Any day of the week, you're sure to find a table, or two, or five filled with folks from the Ford School. On just such a visit, I met Dionisio Garcia Piriz (MPP/MA '13), a dual degree master's student who had recently returned from a mind-bending summer internship exploring savings habits among indigenous Tsimané (chee-MAH-nay) tribes in the lowland forests of the Bolivian Amazon. Because most Tsimané rely on barter, the question of how they save for the future—how they build a cushion to support themselves if the plantains, rice, and sweet manioc crops fail—is an intriguing one. And Piriz's Tsimané study wasn't a one-off; it was part of a much larger study of non-traditional savings practices among tribes all over the developing world.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
When Jeff Kessner (MPP/MUP '14) joined the Nonprofit and Public Management Center (NPM) last year, he knew he would learn a lot about how nonprofits work. But he didn't know that he would soon be on the board of one.
"I was a Board Fellow last year, and this year they asked me to join the board as a full voting member. So I am actually on the board now as a member and as a peer mentor for the five new Board Fellows."
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Center for the Education of Women has named the Ford School's Emma Maack (MPP student), Caroline Meehan (MPP student), Alyssa Mouton (MPP student), Rachel Potter (PhD candidate), and Cici Vu (MPP student) among its 2012-13 scholarship recipients.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Two things about which Nina Maturu (MPP/MBA '13) is passionate? Economic development and sewing—so much so that she combined them in a social enterprise she's named Maturu. "There doesn't have to be a trade-off between fashion and socially conscious production," Nina observes. And when she discusses the underlying goals of the business—which seeks a sustainable economic model for making fashionable clothes while teaching job skills and providing work for chronically unemployed women—Nina's enthusiasm and commitment are palpable.
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