Dean Michelle DePass Named A Top Enviro Leader

Lead1Congratulations to the Milano School’s Dean and Director Michelle DePass for being named one of the top enviromental leaders by Green 2.0! Green 2.0 highlights the plethora of leaders of color, coming from many different generations and sectors, within the environmental arena. Thanks to Dean DePass’s strong background as a Ford Foundation Program Officer, a Senior Policy Advisor at the the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, environmental manager for the City of San Jose, as well as being the founder of the New York Environmental Justice Alliance, we are pleased but not surprised that our amazing Dean received such an honor. 

Milano Receives NASPAA 2015 Social Equity Award

Michelle DePass, Dean

Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

I am pleased to announce that the Milano School has been honored by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) as the winner of the 2015 NASPAA Social Equity Award.

NASPAA is the global standard for public policy, affairs, and administration masters programs, and this award is given to the NASPAA-accredited program which is shown to best exemplify and demonstrate a commitment to diversity and social parity through the research, teaching, and professional work of its faculty, staff, and students.

The NASPAA-accredited Urban Policy Program at Milano, chaired by Alec Gershberg, has received this recognition due to its enduring commitment to social justice in faculty research, course offerings, and the work of the Urban Policy Lab and Community Development Finance Lab.  Urban Policy at Milano blends hands-on experiential learning with classroom work in order to both prepare and challenge students to find innovative and just solutions to some of contemporary society’s thorniest challenges.  

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Spring 2015 Urban Policy Lab Project Cited in The Economist

Milano_Logo1_Large_RGBMilano students Marian Silliman, Catherine McGath, Donte Coleman, Evan Pellegrino, and Omari Williams, as part of the Urban Policy Lab taught by Professor Rachel Meltzer, worked in conjunction with the Manhattan Borough President’s Office this past spring doing research on 421-a benefits.  This research has now been cited by The Economist in a piece written about those real estate benefits called “Towering Silliness.”

The New School Serves as Host to Millennium Campus Conference

IMG_4543[1]Last week, The New School was campus host to approximately 400 undergraduate students representing over 50 countries. The students convened in New York City at the United Nations Headquarters and The New School campus to attend the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference, a forum in which student leaders honed their expertise in global development through cutting-edge workshops, discussions, debates, and keynote speeches from professionals in the field.

The conference is a project of the Millennium Campus Network, which strives to identify undergraduate students around the world who are most dedicated to international development work—then gives those students innovative tools and support to transform the future of global development practice. The 400 “Delegates” who attended the Millennium Campus Network’s Conference this year were picked from a pool of over 2,000 applicants.

The bulk of the conference took place at the United Nations Headquarters and centered its topics around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Julien J. Studley Graduate Program for International Affairs played several roles during the conference. Executive Dean of The New School for Public Engagement, Mary Watson, cheerfully took a “selfie” during her talk at a Welcome Social which opened the conference, and Associate Dean of Milano Nina Khrushcheva also addressed the conference attendees. SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fakuda-Parr illuminated the Sustainable Development Goals in her Keynote speech during a Social Action Plenary at the UN. Several Milano School graduate students volunteered to support the event, including Jessica Durovy and Nick Palombo. Other conference events that took place on The New School campus included a presentation on GIS Mapping in Humanitarianism by SGPIA faculty Stephen Metts and Parsons faculty Eric Brelsford; an Opportunities Fair; and working groups on five student-designed campaigns focused on Peace, Oceans, Health, Equality and Youth that were selected to receive $5,000 in order to bring the ideas to fruition.

Read more about the Millennium Campus Conference at or by following the hashtags #MCC15 and #sidekicksUNite.

Alumni Spotlight: Vida Tehrani Accepts Position With IRC in Chad

FullSizeRenderVida Tehrani, a May 2015 GPIA graduate hailing from Oakland, California, has accepted a position with   the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in N’Djamena, Chad. Her position as a Grants Officer consists of reviewing donor reports, leading in the writing of grant proposals, liaising with IRC headquarters’ grants units, visiting field sites in order to work directly with program staff on the development of proposals, and regularly visiting IRC program activities.

While a student at GPIA, Vida chose a concentration in Conflict and Security while maintaining a student worker position in the GPIA office, as well as interning at the UN and The Global Poverty Project (also known as Global Citizen). Vida became more familiar with the grants world through her Practicum project in which she worked with a small team to write a comprehensive grant proposal for Thaakat Foundation, a non-profit organization, focusing on the expansion and implementation of two training programs focusing on women’s reproductive rights at Fatmata Maternity Center in Sierra Leone.  
Prior to her time at The New School where she studied as a Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger and Burkina Faso. Vida is looking forward to her career in the international affairs sector and is confident the experience she gained at GPIA gave her the tools to prepare and succeed.  


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