Karla Micheli

Program: Joint MPA/International Education Management

Specialization: Education and cross-cultural communications

Undergrad: Columbia College Chicago (Marketing)

Fast Fact: Karla has traveled, volunteered and worked in 20 different countries.

“I truly believe the biggest way I can make a difference in this world is through educating communities.”

Derek Polka

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.”

Team El Salvador Returns, Poised to Become Stronger than Ever

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.”

Frontier Market Scouts Return from Summer Adventures in Four Continents

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.

MPA Alumnus Richard Crothers Maintains His “Court Vision” in Burundi

“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

Kathleen Gordon MPA '12

Undergrad: Indiana University

Major: Political Science and French

Hometown: Marlton, New Jersey

Relaunched Alumni Achievement Awards Honor Four

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:

Director of Harvard’s Carr Center to Deliver Keynote at MIIS Human Rights Fair

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.

Luba Yusim: Development in Kazakhstan

“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.

Location

Almaty
Kazakhstan
43° 15' 0" N, 76° 54' 36" E

MIIS Ranks Third in Nation for Peace Corps Master’s International Participation

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.