Abate Mengesha: Meet a Yellow Ribbon Veteran

Retired US Navy serviceman Abate Mengesha (MPA '11) is very special Yellow Ribbon veteran. Born in Ethiopia, he served with the United Nations' High Commision on Human Rights in Sudan. Later, he immigrated to the US, joined the Navy, and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has been rewarded for his community service and is currently working on a Master's in Public Administration. Thanks to the Veterans Administration and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, his tuition is completely covered. In this interview.


Addis Ababa
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Institute Students at Work in El Salvador and Sierra Leone This January

This January, two teams of Monterey Institute students are putting the skills they are learning in Monterey to use in the far corners of the globe, working on faculty-sponsored projects in El Salvador and Sierra Leone. These projects are part of the Institute’s curriculum offerings for “J-term,” the January interim period between fall and spring semesters.

Leloba Pahl: Building an Empowered Global Community

Leloba Pahl (IPS '10) interned for the Aspen Institute’s program on philanthropy and innovation last summer. Located in Washington D.C., the Aspen Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes dialogue and solutions for a wide range of issues such as climate change, gender empowerment, and social development. Leloba wrote grant applications and policy memos and organized two seminars:


Washington D.C.
United States
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Dave Moorer: The Crossroads of Development and Security

Dave Moorer interned at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in Germany last semester. The Center is a non-profit organization providing research, training, and consultancy services for peacebuilding and development issues worldwide.

Dave collaborated to design a new program addressing sexual violence in war and post-conflict environments. This program seeks to identify the various motivations and typologies of sexual violence in order to shape future public policy.


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11/20: Free Conference Explores Digital Communication as Vehicle for Change

The sheer volume of information in circulation today can make the delivery of a clear message difficult. Under those circumstances, how do dynamic communicators connect with the right people? How are critical messages being shaped to cut through the clutter? Who is defining these messages of change? And where can people turn to feel more connected to the issues they care about?

Justin Maniar, DPMI Plus Participant

1. Tell us about yourself.
DPMI Justin Maniar

Toyi Sogoyou: Inside the UN Department of Political Affairs

Toyi Sogoyou at the United Nations


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MIIS Student Addresses UN

Posted March 17, 2009

Mindy Chiang: Promoting Human Trafficking Awareness

Inspired by their group project in Data Analysis (IPOL 8504) that linked human trafficking with women's empowerment, Mindy Chiang (MPA '09) and four other classmates founded One Less, Uno Menos, an NGO that promotes awareness on human trafficking.  Activities of the group include working with the Toluca, Mexico government to work with college students on anti-human trafficking and establishing the STOP club at MIIS to promote awareness on human t


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Anna Michelle Gregory: Promoting Human Rights at the International Labor Organization

IPSS Assignment: International Labour Organization (ILO)
New York, New York
Spring/Summer 2009

Anna Michelle Gregory is the daughter of an Air Force pilot and a Georgia peach.  Translation: She moved every two to three years of her life but she enjoyed the comforts of Southern home-cooked meals living in places such as Germany, South Korea, Arizona, and Alaska. 


International Labor Organization
885 Second Avenue, 30th Floor
New York, NY
United States
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