A team of Monterey Institute students—Maria Kovell (MPA ‘14), Amitay Flores (MAIPS ‘14), Amanda Boyek (MAIPS ‘14), Natalie Cox (MPA ‘14), and Amy Ross (MPA ‘14)—made their mark at the Hult Prize regional competition last weekend in San Francisco, and left the competition with something at least as good as a win: a path forward for their innovative project.
Since its inception in 2006, Team El Salvador has provided 105 Monterey Institute students with the opportunity to hone their development and language skills while making a meaningful contribution to the lives of people in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador. This January, nine MIIS students were joined by two Middlebury students and, for the first time, a student from California State University, Monterey Bay.
As our motto, to “be the solution,” indicates, a Monterey Institute degree involves much more than classroom theory. Monterey Institute students have numerous opportunities via immersive learning experiences to develop their professional skills by completing fieldwork and working on real-life issues as part of their class assignments. This spring semester, a group of faculty and staff from across the Institute has launched an innovation challenge for teams of students willing to tackle a true wicked problem.
Five MIIS professors took an introductory policy analysis course and turned it into an optional year-long immersive learning opportunity. Students have the option to enroll in a Peru-focused policy class in the fall, design a research project, conduct in-field research as part of a winter-term practicum in Peru, and then follow up by working with the information and data collected as part of a seminar in the spring, all while they are learning the tools of data analysis.
The Hult Prize is described as “the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good.” This year, more than 10,000 teams from 350 universities in 150 countries sent in proposals focusing on the 250 million slum dwellers suffering from chronic diseases.
Maureen Fura (MPA ´09) has a lot for which to be thankful this year, but on top of her list is that her mother´s cancer is in remission, that her children are happy and healthy, and that her husband is working in a career he loves.
Spark Ventures is a Chicago based non-profit organization that partners with grassroots organizations in developing countries to provide children in poverty with healthcare, education, and training.
Three Monterey Institute graduates, Anne-Claire Benoit (MPA ’12), Kathleen Gordon (MPA ’12), and Bill Reinecke (MBA ’10) are on their way to one-year assignments in Africa as Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Fellows. Hundreds of qualified people apply annually to this highly coveted and prestigious fellowship, but no other graduate school is as well represented as the Monterey Institute.
"You could say it is any MPA's dream project," says Craig Middleton (MPA '87) of his leading role in establishing the Presidio Trust in 1996, a federal agency that manages the Presidio of San Francisco, a national park site that previously served as a military post under the flags of three nations. The Trust was, and remains, a unique agency.
“Tierra de Agua,” a new documentary by three Monterey Institute Public Administration students, Cristina Lopez (MPA ’13), Manuel Martinez (MPA ’13) and Richard Hansen (MPA ’13), explores the different existing dimensions (rural, urban and indigenous) in the struggle for access to water and sanitation in Nicaragua, and the historic, economic and institutional implications of that access through the lenses of the people living it daily. It was premiered on Friday, April 19th in the Irvine Auditorium as part of student-driven activities during the week leading up to Earth Day on Ap