Director of Peace Corps to be Spring Commencement Speaker at MIIS

The Monterey Institute announced on March 28 that Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will be the speaker at the Institute’s spring 2011 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. on the front lawn of historic Colton Hall in Monterey. The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Partnership with American University in Cairo Off to a Great Start

This January, the American University in Cairo hosted a 10-day long project-management training program in partnership with the Monterey Institute.  The program was modeled on the popular Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) program that has been offered several times a year on the Monterey Institute campus, as well as other locations.

MIIS Students Focus on Professional Development During Winter Term

For most Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to take what they have been learning in the classroom and either develop practical skills through intense practicum courses, or go out into the real world and take their classroom lessons to the field. 

MIIS Student’s Humorous Newsletters to Friends Published in Book

It could be said that the summer James Reavis (MPA ’12) spent learning Arabic as part of the Monterey Institute Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) was transformative, in more ways than one.  One day as the program was nearing its end, James said that he made the decision not to lose contact with the “amazing people he had spent the summer with,” and collected their email addresses with the intention to keep in touch.  And keep in touch he did.  “The Jim Report” started arriving in about one hundred inboxes of his friends and

Nüket Kardam: Connecting Students to the Monterey Community through Grassroots Leadership

I taught a seminar in Spring 2010 on Grassroots Leadership for the first time, and this innovative seminar culminated in a Grassroots Leadership Symposium. This Symposium was organized by my students, and many grassroots leaders and some academics who work in the local Monterey area were invited to the Symposium.


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22° 22' 50.0016" N, 114° 14' 9.024" E

Maha Baimyrzaeva: What will you do at the Casa Fuente Building?

Mahabat Baimyrzaeva, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management, spent her youth in the libraries of Kyrgyzstan, reading whatever she could get her hands on.  While her interests varied, her passion for learning drove her to obtain a doctorate degree in the U.S. Considering Maha's eclectic background, it’s no surprise she is attracted to the Casa Fuente Building.


Casa Fuente
449 Pierce St
Monterey, CA 93940
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36° 35' 58.1568" N, 121° 53' 48.1164" W

Adriana Taboada: Who Will You Meet at the Morse Building?

Adriana Taboada (MPA '11) was born in Peru and spent two years in the field working with immigrants from Latin America before pursuing a Master's in Public Administration.  Because the Monterey Institute is one of the most diverse campuses in the United States, our community is important to Adriana.  The first thing you will notice about the Morse Building is its crown made of 50+ flags from all corners of the world, each symbolizing the different citizenships that comprise our student body.


Morse Building
426 Van Buren St.
Monterey, CA 93940
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36° 36' 0.6768" N, 121° 53' 51.5148" W

YuFei Wang: Meet a Digital Media Commons Graduate Assistant

In 1999 YuFei Wang (MPA '11) emigrated from Shanghai, China to the San Francisco Bay Area. Today as a public administration graduate student, he teaches workshops on different digital media tools at the Digital Media Commons.  A wizard with both design and data, YuFei has combined the two to utilize cutting edge collaboration technologies and to create compelling presentations that stand out at whatever class or conference he may be attending.


Digital Media Commons
472 Pierce St.
Monterey, CA 93940
United States
36° 35' 56.4108" N, 121° 53' 48.8652" W

Lucyna Jodlowska: The Intersection of Business and Development in Uganda

It wasn’t until I sat down at a coffee shop admist the bustle of Kampala, tired and sweaty from the sensory overload of being a foreigner and a pedestrian in a massive East African city, that it really hit me.


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MIIS Offers New Avenue to Admission with Modified Language Requirement for Prospective Students

Throughout its history, the Monterey Institute of International Studies has sought to attract the highest caliber of well-qualified, internationally-oriented students. As the Institute’s programs in areas such as international business and international environmental policy have expanded in recent years, a significant number of students who are highly qualified in every other respect to attend MIIS have been rejected because they are unable to meet the language proficiency requirement.