Nate Stephens: MPA Student Ambassador


Nate Stephens

September 19, 2012 - 12:00am

Program: MA in Public Administration

Anticipation Graduation Date: December 2015 

Undergrad School: Carleton College

Undergrad Major: Sociology/Anthropology/Educational Studies          

Hometown: St. Onge, SD          

What are your favorite places to study, hang out, and get outdoors in Monterey?

Either the Youth Arts Collective hanging out with talented youths or at the top of Garrapata State Park at sunset. 

What internships or jobs have you had while attending MIIS?

I worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Institutional Advancement in the spring of 2012.  I also work as a program assistant with PFLAG-Twin Cities planning an annual anti-bullying conference and as a freelance college counselor year round.  This summer I had the opportunity to intern with Root Change (and more than a few MIIS people) in Washington, DC and have stayed on for the fall semester.  

What are your career aspirations?

I am focusing my studies on organizational development and behavior.  Coming from an anthropological perspective, I'm fascinated by the ways institutions and organizations challenge or reinforce power structures...particularly in this sticky area we call "development."  When I return from my Peace Corps service in 2015, I plan to work with an international organization to find innovative and exciting ways to improve the equity and participation of development in systemic ways.             

Do you have a personal mantra or quote you live by?

"To live content with small means, To seek elegance rather than luxury and refinement rather than fashion, To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, To listen to the stars and birds, to babes and sages with an open heart, To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never." -William Henry Channing                 

Fun fact about you...

I'm from a cattle ranch, which means I'm a cowboy during the holidays.           

If I was a food, I would be...?

A wasabi-flavored roasted seaweed snack...a seemingly quiet go-to staple with a kick.              

What has been the highlight of your MIIS experience thus far?

By far the most rewarding experience was leading a workshop in Mexico City during my summer with Root Change (founded by past and present MIIS professors and therefore an extension of MIIS in many ways).  I had to draw on my coursework in International Organizational Behavior, Organizational Sustainability, and Professional Public Speaking in Spanish to make the workshop a success.  It was a great example of how these disciplines cohere into a tangible skill set that enables an incredible range of opportunities.

Anything else you want to include?

I'm a huge news and pop culture junkie.  I justify spending time on the website Videogum by balancing it out with SmartPlanet and Talking Points Memo.

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