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.
The Monterey Institute community has actively honored women and girls in connection with the International Women’s Day (March 8) in a variety of creative ways:
For many students at the Monterey Institute, the annual career fair comes at the end of an intense month of workshops and training to prepare for taking the next step on the road to their dream career. Students polish their resumes and practice their “90-second pitch” before meeting with potential employers.
Lovely Umayam (MANPTS '13 and Gard 'n' Wall Scholar) won first prize and was awarded $5,000 in the Innovation in Arms Control Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. Members of the public were invited to submit innovative approaches to using commonly available technologies to support arms control policy efforts, and the competition drew more than 500 submissions.
The sad news reached Monterey late last week that recently retired MBA Professor Harvey Arbeláez passed away in his sleep on February 27 after a brave fight with cancer, surrounded by his family at home in Colombia. The Institute has again lost a valued community member and friend.
MIIS Student, Arrested at 15 by the Taliban for Teaching Girls, Now Poised for Leadership Role in Education in Afghanistan
Fulbright student Moslem Shah (MAIPS ’13) had his pick of U.S. universities, but chose the Monterey Institute of International Studies because he felt it would fit his long term plans to take on a leading role in rebuilding his native Afghanistan after three decades of war. “My experience here, both personally and professionally, has gone way beyond my expectations,” says Moslem, adding that he loves how the diverse student body has helped him to broaden his perspective.
According to MIIS International Trade Club President Sean Manzano (MAIPS ’13), the “Trade and Conflict” theme of the sixth annual MIIS Trade Conference “encompasses the dynamics between economic viability and social stability.” Sean and the club have assembled an impressive lineup of academics and seasoned professionals in trade, intellectual property rights and social development to help shed light on how trade helps to alleviate or exacerbate conflict at the March 2 conference at MIIS.
“Achieving zero-waste is no small feat, especially for a multi-day event that takes place on three golf courses and draws thousands of spectators,” said Krista Almanzan, news director at local NPR station KAZU, in a February 14 feature about efforts to divert waste at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament. Leading the way was recent graduate of the International Environmental Policy program at MIIS Abbie Beane (MAIEP ’12), who is now the director of sustainability programs for the Offset Project.
Exploring the possible links between terrorism and international criminal cartels is the focus of a conference hosted by the Monterey Terrorism Research & Education Program (MonTREP) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies on February 22.
While Elizabeth (Ellie) Wood (MAIEP ’12) was a student of in the Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy (MAIEP) program at the Monterey Institute, she focused on energy and climate change and also on sustainable business development. She is one of the 96 percent of the MAIEP graduating class of May 2012 to successfully gain employment in their desired field within six months of graduation.