“Creating the future-perfect campus through acts of diversity and inclusion – cultural transformation through resolving unconscious bias.” That is the motto for the Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Council (GDIC), who’s board is currently made up of four MPA students: Loretta Simpson, President; Tranard Harvin, Vice President; Chloe Stuber, Secretary and Advocacy Chair; and Melanie Seidel, International Chair.
The mission of the GDIC is to build and sustain a supportive community for minority students that contributes to their academic development, social growth, and well-being. It seeks to increase enrollment and retention of minority students by organizing professional workshops, engaging in community service, and providing a professional and social network for students. The council pursues activities on the College of Charleston campus, but their mission parallels the aspirations that they, along with many MPA students, have for the larger public sector.
"By creating policy in diversity and inclusion, we can demonstrate our democratic values and encourage equality and equity at the intersections of ethics, state policies, and government mandates. We must lead in diversity and inclusion if we are to create a campus of free thinkers and change agents. We must be change agents who are working toward diminishing the marginalization associated with employment, housing, education, and public services, all of which are associated with the general welfare of a shared community." Continue reading here!
Alison Scott, an MPA and MES concurrent student, has recently won 2nd place in the 3MT Competition for her research on collaboration between policy makers and the red snapper fishing industry. Hosted by the graduate school, the 3MT is an research communication competition where students are given three minutes to present a compelling oration of their project. Congratulations, Alison!
The MPA Department wants to send three students to Washington, DC for an all-expense paid trip to the annual conference in March. ASPA’ s 2019 Annual Conference is a Call for Action on the issues of public finance, infrastructure, social equity and public service. We who are dedicated to the public good must answer the call. See below for the competition details:
The Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) offers The Student Leadership Award, created to foster systemic change across The College of Charleston campus and greater Lowcountry community. The RSJI Student Leadership Award is a $600.00 travel and research stipend awarded to student leaders who recognize the importance of social justice activism and who are driven to become organizers of change. Applicants are required to write a proposal detailing their unique travel and research projects. Description and Qualifications:
2019 NASPAA-Battan Student Stimulation: Global Migration
What: The NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition is a day-long event that allows graduate students in public policy and related fields to test their skills on real-world data. When: February 23, 2019; registration date closes December 20, 2018 Where: There are 12 competition sites around the world, with 6 sites in the U.S. Details: As part of the competition, you will be placed a team and will be expected to put together a policy memo and presentation, which will be evaluated by a panel of experts.The competition is available, at no cost, to master's students around the globe. There may be travel assistance available through the organization, and students are encouraged to apply for university travel grants! Click here for more information.
Jobs & Internships
Great Part-time Job for Students!
Organization: We Are Family Position: Social Worker Support Group Specialist Details: This position will advertise, organize and facilitate weekly support groups for gender and sexual minority youth, ages 12-18; a monthly support group for Queer/Trans Youth of Color ages 18-25; and a monthly support group for gender and sexual minority youth ages 18-25.
The position is 5-10 hours per week, with a rate pay of $15.00/hour. Click here for a full description.
Organization: Town of Mount Pleasant - Planning and Development Department Position: Senior Planner Details: The Senior Planner is responsible for the administration of or assisting with the administration of various boards and commissions. The Senior Planner will participate in projects and perform functions associated with Town development projects and public outreach. $46,741.50 Annually - With excellent benefits, total compensation is $63,101.03/Annually. See here for full description.
Organization: Middleton Place Foundation Position: Director of Development Details: The Director of Development will maintain responsibility for the planning, execution and evaluation of all development programs, including major gifts, annual fund, planned giving, grant writing, and special appeals. In collaboration with the CEO, the Director of Development will establish annual fundraising goals and develop a comprehensive plan to achieve these goals to support and extend the mission of Middleton Place Foundation. This position reports to the CEO and will also work closely with the Board of Trustees. To apply: To apply, email a cover letter and resume, as one document to Sue Braund. Click Here for more information.
Paid Internship, Summer 2019!
Organization: Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission Position: Parks Intern, Part-time Details: The Parks intern will rotate throughout the parks and facilities within the Parks Division and will gain experience in all aspects of management to include facility operations and maintenance, staff supervision, personnel matters, budgeting concepts and procedures, customer service, capital projects, special events, etc. An intern for the Parks Division will experience all the aspects of running, managing and maintaining a large scale revenue generating operation in a park and recreation setting. Application Deadline: December 30, 2018. Timeframe: 05/01/19 — 08/01/19. Click Here for more information.
Upper-level Management Position:
Organization: City of Charleston, SC Position: Director of Public Services Details: Oversees planning and implementation of public service delivery systems. Directs the public service strategy of the City based on forecasting information from senior management. Serves as primary spokesperson for public service and engineering issues. Performs other duties as assigned. Manages the Department of Public Service as defined by City ordinance and directed by the Mayor. Directs the organization's public services by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate managers. See here for full description.
Organization: American Red Cross Position: Executive Coordinator Details: The Executive Coordinator provides standard and complex administrative support to a department, group or program. Prepares reports and various correspondences. Supports the administration of projects, programs, and/or processes applicable to the business unit. Coordinates various schedules for department or group program or services. Provide support, development and/or leadership guidance to all volunteers.Click here for more information.
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