We're upstairs at Café Lumiere, the old Monterey fishermen are arguing in Sicilian downstairs, a group of Fulbright scholars from West Africa are hunched over laptops, and a man from Copenhagen is ordering a panini. Like a highly caffeinated United Nations, it is a perfect setting for a conversation with former UN intern, Anita Joshi (IPS '11).
For most Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to take what they have been learning in the classroom and either develop practical skills through intense practicum courses, or go out into the real world and take their classroom lessons to the field.
The MIIS Around the World stories campaign started a year ago as an attempt to collect first-person narratives from members the MIIS community that illustrate the global impact of the Institute. One hundred and twenty students, alumni, faculty and staff members have already submitted their stories. The submissions range from tales about international experiences that brought students to MIIS, to funny anecdotes about attempts to communicate in a new language, to the sharing of life-changing moments.
I taught a seminar in Spring 2010 on Grassroots Leadership for the first time, and this innovative seminar culminated in a Grassroots Leadership Symposium. This Symposium was organized by my students, and many grassroots leaders and some academics who work in the local Monterey area were invited to the Symposium.
I am really lucky to have a job and even more lucky to have one in the field I wanted to work in, doing the work I enjoy in a way that follows my values.
After earning an undergraduate degree in economics, I spent two years in Jamaica with the Peace Corps. When I returned to the U.S. in 2005, I worked for a non-profit that was not internationally focused. While the experience was worthwhile, I felt a desire to get back into international development work.
Winter Commencement at the Monterey Institute of International Studies was held at the historic Golden State Theater on Saturday, December 11th. Friends and family of the 102 graduates from 21 countries celebrated on a gorgeous sunny day in Monterey.
Mahabat Baimyrzaeva, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management, spent her youth in the libraries of Kyrgyzstan, reading whatever she could get her hands on. While her interests varied, her passion for learning drove her to obtain a doctorate degree in the U.S. Considering Maha's eclectic background, it’s no surprise she is attracted to the Casa Fuente Building.
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For some, the value of combining an MBA degree with service in the Peace Corps might seem less than obvious. At the Monterey Institute of International Studies, however, the two have been combined successfully for 15 years now under the auspices of the Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) program and the Fisher International MBA program.
Yu-ling connects her illicit trade coursework with the issue of urban-rural migration in China.
Originally from Hong Kong, Yu-ling Elaine Lai is currently an anthropology major at Skidmore College. She has studied abroad in the Czech republic, learning to speak Czech almost fluently, and volunteered in many countries. In the future, she hopes to conduct further research on Chinese rural-urban immigrant workers.