“Tierra de Agua,” New Documentary Film by MIIS students - Premieres as Part of Earth Week

“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

Tierra de Agua Trailer

Three students from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program are making a documentary about clean water issues in Nicaragua. Manuel Martinez, Richard Hansen and Cristina Lopez partnered together as the H2Nica team to meet the people of Nicaragua and explore their struggle to have clean water in one of the world's most water-rich countries.

Anna McCloskey

Program: International Education Management and Public Administration (Joint Degree) 

Undergrad: Lake Forest College: Sociology & Anthropology and Spanish

Fast Fact: Anna was the student speaker at her college commencement.

Where are you currently working?

I am the graduate assistant to the Monterey institute's Study Abroad Advisor, in the Center for Advising & Career Services. 

Two MIIS Students Open Photo Exhibit at Monterey Art Museum

Karla Micheli (MPA/MAIEM ‘14) and Natalie Alfaro (MPA ‘14) spent last summer in Granada, Nicaragua interning with the organization Viva Nicaragua. The two students secured immersive learning funding from the Monterey Institute to support their internships, and partnered with the Monterey Museum of Art to produce a museum exhibit as their final project.

MIIS Student Turns In-Class “Ah-Hah” Moment into Promising Company

We’re happy to report that there is a lot of buzz (as evidenced by this recent article in The Oregonian) surrounding Wikisway, an internet start-up company founded by MIIS alumnus Huston Hedinger (MAIPS ’12) while he was still a student. The company has already raised money from the Portland Seed Fund and other investors and is rapidly expanding. Huston’s team includes MIIS alumna Grace Andrews (MPA ’12), who is responsible for marketing and communications.

International Development in Peru

For as long as I can remember, my professional goal was to do “something international”, which I gradually narrowed down to “helping people” internationally, which I eventually specified as “international development.” This more specific goal was something that I carried with me from the end of high school and on, but by the time I reached college graduation last year I was ready to give up on it. 



Professor Kent Glenzer: Practical Lessons from the Trenches of Social Change

"One of the things I love most about MIIS students is their extreme hunger for practical advice," says Kent Glenzer, associate professor of organizational behavior and development. Despite impressive academic credentials such as a Ph.D. and an Ivy League degree, until he got the call from the Monterey Institute last year, Kent had not seen himself as an academic.

Shawn Harris

Program: Public Administration (MPA)

Specialization: Conflict, security and development

Undergrad: UC Santa Cruz (Global Economics)

Fast Fact:  Shawn made a documentary in Libya following the collapse of the Qaddafi Regime

“I believe that in order to raise the global standard of living we have to address both conflict and economic development simultaneously.”

Cristina Lopez

Program: Public Administration (MPA)

Specialization: Human Security & Environment

Undergrad: Florida International University (International Relations)

Fast Fact: Cristina participated in a rescue and recovery disaster relief course in the south of France. 

“My summer project consisted of filming a documentary about water insecurity in Nicaragua.”

Fareed Bailey

Program: Public Administration (MPA)

Specialization: Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management

Undergrad: Arizona State University (Political Science)

Fast Fact: As a staffer at the Arizona State Senate, Fareed directly worked on nearly 60 pieces of legislation. 

“I set out to acquire the skills integral to being a successful policymaker.”