GPIA Teaching Assistant’s Article About Economics Goes Viral

s200_ingrid.kvangravenIngrid Kvangraven, Economics PhD student and the teaching assistant for GPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr’s Development Economics course, wrote a blog post for The New School Economic Review that proceeded to go viral. “How to Justify Teaching the Worst of Economics to Non-Economists” highlights the difficulty in balancing mainstream, criticism of mainstream, and alternative theories in one course when many of the students will never take an economics course again. To date it has been shared via social media over 4,000 times.

 

 

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Professor Lisa Servon Named Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar

Lisa ServonThe Russell Sage Foundation announced that Lisa Servon, Professor of Urban Policy, is one of sixteen leading social scientists appointed as Visiting Scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences.

This prestigious Visiting Scholars program, now in its thirtieth year, provides a unique opportunity for scholars to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation, and is an important part of the Foundation’s effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social, political, and economic life in the United States.

During her residency, Lisa will draw from several years of original research to write a book examining the connections between financial insecurity and the consumer financial services industry (CFS). Lisa’s work traces the increase in the number of Americans who suffer from financial exclusion—that is, lack bank accounts and credit. She will continue her investigation into how this forces people to rely on alternative financial services such as check cashers and payday lenders.

We congratulate Lisa on her appointment.

 

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Alumni Spotlight: Raven Brown

Facebook-20150129-034244Raven Brown is currently a PhD student in the Public and Urban Policy program at Milano and a GPIA alumni. While pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Bennington College in social science and ceramics, Raven became immersed in feminist critiques of anthropology and applied those ideas to her sculpture. Through anthropology she learned about the Universal Access to Treatment Campaign and the undue burden illness places on women and children worldwide. While at GPIA, Raven continued to focus on gender and public health in development. She participated in the International Field Program in Johannesburg where she conducted participatory research on gender, economic empowerment, and HIV service provision culminating in her master’s thesis, Bridging the Gap: Innovative Strategies towards Gender Empowerment and HIV Service Provision in Alexandra Township, South Africa A Case Study. After GPIA, Raven worked in Rwanda and Uganda on a research study focusing on the role of women in post-conflict development, peace-building, and HIV service provision. She also pursued a Master’s of Public Health degree from New York University in global health. Working on research based interventions in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia led Raven to realize that she needed to attain a PhD in order to really make a difference by being able to design research informed policies. Her professional experiences solidified her belief that policy processes need to be participatory in order to effectively meet community needs. She plans on conducting her doctoral research on the relationship between poverty reduction and violence prevention as related to gender and housing in countries experiencing rapid urbanization. Examining these links can help build a sustainable and peaceful future. Raven is also a native New Yorker.

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Students Participate in OpenStreetMap Mapping for the Haitian Red Cross

Earlier this month, a cohort of Milano students as well as interested students from across The New School contributed to humanitarian efforts in a rapidly expanding district on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince known as Canaan.  Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, many families were displaced to this district which unfortunately features very informal, haphazard and failing infrastructure.  Further, the Haitian government does not recognize Canaan as a permanent settlement and thus exempts it from infrastructure services provided by the government.

The Haitian Red Cross sees this district as an increasing risk to its inhabitants and is developing emergency preparation plans and health facilities to especially benefit its most vulnerable populations.  A critical component of this effort is the immediate need for base maps and logistical mapping for this informal, expanding district… and this is where The New School’s mapping project met local humanitarian efforts.

Students getting ready to begin mapping Canaan, Haiti.

Students getting ready to begin mapping Canaan, Haiti.

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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Dawn Davis

MeandPrezWJCTell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a Sustainability Strategist, consulting for an array of clients interested in building their brand upon a foundation of organization and clarity. I’m interested in community movements, media and music. The power of the internet, a tool which connects a broad ecosystem of change makers and fundraisers for social change, astounds me, almost as much as our molecular make up.   

What brought you to Milano?

I became an activist while thrust into a legal assistant job at a 250+ year old law firm.  I was caring for my elderly grandfather in my hometown, where my mother also grew up, commuting from Teaneck to Manhattan and then Franklin Park to Wall Street. I built diverse coalitions at work and in New Jersey, using communications and marketing to drive awareness campaigns and electoral outcomes during the 2006 midterm elections. 

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