Program: International Environmental Policy, Concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Program: International Environmental Policy, Concentration in Business, Sustainability and Development
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University
Imagine life outside the classroom when you live in such an ideal location like Monterey, California. International Environmental Policy student Mairi Miller gives a 60 second snapshot of her experience at MIIS when she's not doing schoolwork. She's a kayaker, hiker, and climber and her only problem is deciding which one she wants to do on a given day. "There are so many amazing things to see and do here," she says. "I kind of get overwhelmed by all the fun stuff."
Click the image to watch her video, "The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds."
We always love to hear back from recent alumni who have realized their dreams for an exciting new career propelled by the training and education they received at MIIS. Amer Barghouth (MAIPS ’09, MAIEP ’13) received his job offer from the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), less than three weeks after graduating with a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy in 2013.
Justin Wright is pursuing a master's degree in International Environmental Policy, specializing in ocean and coastal resource management.
Proving yet again that the Monterey Institute prepares students to take on the most pressing issues of our time and “be the solution” in their chosen field, on May 6 the City of Monterey recognized the outstanding contribution of two graduating MIIS students to their Climate Action Plan.
“A supportive culture of innovation exists at MIIS,” says Professor Jeffrey Langholz of the International Environmental Policy program, who this weekend won the main prize of $50,000 and title of Innovator of the Year at the Monterey Bay Startup Challenge along with graduate student Maeve Murphy (MBA/MAIEP ’15). Their idea is called Water City and it helps make water conservation easy and profitable for the public.
The Monterey Institute Community Innovation Challenge is the brainchild of Professor Kent Glenzer of the Development, Practice and Policy program. “Complex social problems require interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches,” he says, adding that addressing these so-called “wicked problems” requires expertise from across many disciplines – in the case of MIIS, many degree programs – to tackle them.
Malcolm Johnson is a graduate student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, pursuing a degree in International Environmental Policy with a focus in ocean and coastal resource management.
In this 60 second snapshot of his experience at MIIS, he talks about a fellowship he had through the Center for the Blue Economy in Monterey working with Oceana, one of the leading marine ocean NGOs. During the fellowship, he helped to plan and organize the first ever Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Summit.
"The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds" features a different student each week from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In these short videos, the students elaborate on topics such as why they chose to come to MIIS, what has surprised them about the Monterey Institute, what kinds of cool things they've been involved in—both on and off campus, and more.
This week is Amy Kessler, a graduate student pursuing a degree in pursuing a joint MBA and MA in International Environmental Policy.