At the Monterey Institute's 2012 Winter Commencement, the elected student speaker was Maria Luisa Olivarria. The honor of giving this address was a fitting end for a student who has taken such a long and sometimes arduous path to graduation.
Maria's journey started a few years ago in Venezuela, where she was part of a student movement protesting the country's government.
Renowned human rights activist Larry Cox, former executive director of Amnesty International USA, will give a talk at the Irvine Auditorium of the Monterey Institute on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. His talk is titled: “A More Perfect Union: The Fight for Human Rights in the USA.”
In the spirit of the season of giving thanks in the United States, members of the Monterey Institute community are sharing expressions of gratitude. We continue our series with Associate Professor Wei Liang, a specialist in international trade and development policy, as well as the political economy of East Asia and China.
In the spirit of the season of giving thanks in the United States, members of the Monterey Institute community are sharing expressions of gratitude, beginning with a graduate of the Monterey Institute’s International Policy Studies program, alumna Maame Afon (MAIPS ‘05).
“My mind was blown a little bit,” says Katie Holmberg (MAIPS ’13) of her participation in the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF2012) in Rio de Janeiro last month. “Impact investing is becoming such a big thing.” Katie and Elma Paulauskaite (MAIPS ’12) travelled to the Rio after securing competitive scholarships introduced to them by Nelle Sacknoff (MPA ’12), global communications manager at NESsT.
Veterans bring a wide range of experiences to their studies at the Monterey Institute where they are encouraged to build on their skills and expertise to prepare for a new stage in their careers. The Monterey Institute’s diverse degree programs from international policy studies, management and nonproliferation and terrorism studies to various language programs are perfectly suited for veterans dedicated to continue to make a difference.
While standing in the coca fields of Bolivia talking about microenterprise lending for alternative crop development, Jeff Murphy (MAIPS '98) realized the value of his education from the Monterey Institute.
"I wouldn’t have been able to do that without my time spent here at MIIS," Murphy said. “It’s really remarkable when I think back to the skills that are honed here."
Murphy recently returned to the Monterey Institute to speak to students about opportunities for careers in public service.
The Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) is the brainchild of Monterey Institute professor Dr. Pushpa Iyer, a respected scholar and practitioner in the field of conflict studies. The Center focuses on the study and application of the right tools for managing conflicts, approaching them as a vehicle of change. CCS was started with the specific goal to develop programs and publications that would contribute to the theory and practice of the field of conflict studies.
Program: International Policy Studies
Specialization: Trade, Investment and Development
Undergrad: Middlebury College (International Studies)
Fast Fact: Alaina is an avid climber. She has scaled El Capitan, summited Mount McKinley and participated in a Himalayan expedition.
“MIIS’s curriculum is keeping pace with the real world.”
Renato De Medeiros and Manuela Silveira of Brazil are capitalizing on their language skills and background by pursuing degree programs at the Monterey Institute that fit their international career aspirations.