This semester we were fortunate to welcome Jorge Luna, teaching Urban Transportation: Problems and Prospects. Students in this course analyzed theories and policies surrounding urban transportation, explored contemporary problems and solutions, and investigated political and ethical implications within the transportation planning process.
Jorge earned a Bachelor's degree in Urban Affairs and Planning from Virginia Tech and a Master's in Public Administration from Arizona State University. He has held various planning positions in nonprofit and public entities, such as transit and transportation planner for the City of Phoenix. Jorge has also worked in the Phoenix region's metropolitan organization and council of governments, supporting their transportation plan. He later became the Manager of Service Planning at the regional transit authority, Valley Metro. He currently works for a consulting firm doing transit and transportation planning across the US.
The MPA degree has been of great value in Jorge's career in transportation planning. It has given him flexibility within public administration and has provided a deeper understanding of public processes and policy making. "In my current position, I use this foundation and prior experience to understand the issues of the public administrator. I can identify the issues and pressures they are facing, and challenge those I work with to collaborate on a solution to those issues."
As a first-time adjunct faculty member, teaching in the MPA program has been especially rewarding to him. "I enjoy sharing the material, providing real world insight, reviewing great course books and exchanging different perspectives with the students in class. Most importantly, this experience has been a great reminder of the innovation that comes from a fresh growth mindset. As a practitioner, it is a constant push to keep myself and those around me innovative and empathetic to the end user." Read the full blog here.
Sylvie Baele, an MPA and MES concurrent student, won first place in the Sturcken Memorial Oratorical competition held in October. The competition is a way for students to raise awareness of and address social issues on campus. Sylvie's winning proposal describes how bicycling can be used as a tool to increase diversity at the College of Charleston.
From an article in The College Today, "Baele is living her truth for social change as the event planning and outreach coordinator for the nonprofit Second Chance Bikes, an organization that provides refurbished bicycles to qualifying Charleston residents who need access to equitable and affordable transportation. With ongoing challenges of gentrification and the rising cost of living in the Holy City, Baele is passionate about pushing the College – and the City of Charleston – to promote cycling as an affordable mode of transportation." Click here to read the full article.
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:
What: Highway 17 Clean-Up Where: Meet at Ye Ole Fashioned on Highway 17 towards Savannah
When: November 17, 2018 - Meet at 10:00 am Details: Wear comfy shoes. Coffee is provided - we'll probably get ice cream afterwards!Sign up list is here.
Organization: The City of Charleston - Tourism and Livability Position: Tourism Commission Manager Details: - Plans and coordinates the City’s goals of the Tourism Commission by: providing administrative support to the Tourism Commission, planning and coordinating tour guide continuing education courses throughout the year, administering the Tour Guide Exam program, and many others.
-Rate pay: $45,550 - Click here for a full description.
Upper-level Position with
the City of Charleston
Organization: Public Service Administration - City of Charleston Position: Director of Public Services Details:
- Manages the Department of Public Service and is directed by the Mayor. Directs the organization's public services by: managing the Streets and Sidewalks division; managing the environmental services of garbage collection, trash collection, and street sweeping; providing oversight of building plan review, permitting, and inspections, and ect.
- Requires a Master's degree and ten years of related experience. - Full description here.
Organization: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families Position: Regional Director of Development Details:
-The Director of Development serves as the leader and front-line fundraiser of a regional program site of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families (SCCFF).
-The director is charged with building and sustaining the fundraising function of the program with the goal of developing robust, diversified contributed revenue streams from all available funding sources including individuals, local government and private agencies, and foundations and corporations.
- Click here for more information.
Organization: Coastal Community Foundations of SC Position: Communications Officer Details: -The Communications Officer collaborates with colleagues across Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) and its supporting organizations to implement and monitor the organization’s communications strategy. -The Communications Officer works to elevate CCF and its supporting organizations’ brands and increase stakeholder understanding of and engagement in CCF’s work. -Click here for more information and to apply. The deadline to apply is December 3rd.
Organization: Charleston County - Sheriff's Department Position: Community Engagement Specialist Details: - This is a Grant Funded Position. This position supports and manages the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s (CJCC) community engagement efforts. Duties include organizing and executing community engagement events and activities from start to finish, conducting analysis, and writing reports for public consumption on a variety of justice system issues.
- Deadline to apply is tomorrow - November 16! - Click here for a full description.
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