Tag Archive: Development

Alumni Spotlight: Diana Rusu


“As a result of my research and interviews I have concluded that the best way women can bring the change is by taking a more participatory approach. They should involve themselves in professional trainings, they should be educated, come with ideas and develop them (even if this means failing sometimes). [As a result they will] become aware of their rights and gender equality in society [and they will] fight and speak for their liberties, [and they will] become more powerful.” -Diana Rusu

Alumni Spotlight: Maximillian Ashwill

“The director of the [GPIA], Michael Cohen, once recommended that I take classes based on which professors I wanted to learn from, not based on the actual course description. This was the most valuable advice I received during my time at the New School.

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Student Spotlight: Jesse Bania

Jesse Bania is student in the GPIA program concentrating in development. In the summer of 2013 he participated in the IFP to Kosovo where he interned with the Kosovo Innovations Lab, By Youth for Youth pillar.

“Involve youth in their future. Begin with making education a critical, creative, and collaborative part of that process and you can quite easily direct their hopes and dreams locally.”

Student Spotlight: Aliana Pineiro

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“A constant challenge when working in development is trying not to get disillusioned when things get hard. Sometimes I question why I am here or if I am really helping anyone. I think it is good to really evaluate if you or the organization that you work for is doing good work, and every time this comes up, I remind myself that we are doing great work here at Runa.”

Urban Policy Prof. Alex Schwartz, Visiting Scholar in Kazakhstan


Urban Policy Professor Alex Schwartz will be a visiting scholar Oct. 18-27 at the Gumilyov Eurasian National Universitya in Astana, Kazakhstan. As a visiting scholar he will be delivering several lectures and mentoring doctoral students.

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