Program: Public Administration (MPA)
Specialization: Food Security and Global Governance
Undergrad: UC Santa Barbara (Sociology)
Fast Fact: Derek grew up on a dairy and agricultural farm in Moss Landing, a town in north Monterey County with a population of 204 people.
“The ability to provide food and an adequate wage for living is crucial if we wish to bring countries out of the trap of poverty.”
When the Peace Corps announced last December that they would be interrupting their program in El Salvador because on escalated concerns about security, the Monterey Institute also suspended its popular development practicum in the country. “It was heartbreaking,” says Adele Negro (MACI '99), director of Team El Salvador, of the decision to cancel the departure of Team El Salvador 6 just days before they were scheduled to leave, “but we could not take any chances with the safety of our students.”
The Frontier Market Scouts program at the Monterey Institute selects and trains aspiring professionals who are seeking a career in social venture and impact investing. This year, the program has placed over 20 people in 13 countries, working with social enterprises, impact investment funds and social accelerator programs for a period of two to six months.
“Growing up in rural southern Idaho, I wasn’t imbued with any sort of desire to work internationally,” says Richard Crothers (MPA ’97), who would be lured abroad to play basketball in South America and Switzerland. “I gradually began to see the world differently,” and the Monterey Institute was a great springboard for an internationally-focused career. With his new degree, he went back to Europe to participate in the establishment of the European Voluntary Service for the European Union.
Kathleen Gordon MPA '12
Undergrad: Indiana University
Major: Political Science and French
Hometown: Marlton, New Jersey
The Monterey Institute’s Alumni Achievement Award Program was relaunched in 2012 as a way to demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to and pride in its alumni through annual recognition of alumni leaders. These awards are presented during spring commencement which "showcases the kinds of career paths that our new graduates can strive to achieve, and sends them the message that alumni live the school’s motto of “Be the Solution,” according to Leah Gowran, Director of Alumni Relations.
The Alumni Achievement Awards for 2012 are as follows:
Two Monterey Institute student clubs, the Amnesty International Club and STOP Club, are joining with the United Nations Association and the Peace Coalition on April 27-28 to present the 2nd annual Monterey Institute Human Rights Fair. Dr. Charlie Clements, Executive Director of Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy will deliver the keynote address in the Irvine Auditorium at 6 pm on Friday, April 27. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and music.
“My participation in the DPMI program enriched my understanding of development and provided me with concrete skills and tools that I could utilize to support participatory, sustainable change.
The Peace Corps and the Monterey Institute of International Studies announced today that the Monterey graduate school now ranks in a tie for third in the nation in terms of participation in the Peace Corps Master’s International program, with 26 students enrolled in the program and serving overseas as of the ranking date of September 30, 2011.
17 students from the Monterey Institute are training and preparing to head off around the world as part of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program.
As participants in IPSS, they will be working as junior professional staff members for 6 months with international organizations like the UN and the U.S State Department. The students will also receive credits toward their degree for completing an academic project related to their job assignment.