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CIPA Names Maria Fitzpatrick as CIPA Director

Maria Fitzpatrick, an associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management and a member of the Public Affairs Field at Cornell, has been named the new director of CIPA.

CIPA Hosts NASPAA-Batten 'Pandemic' Policy Competition

On March 3, CIPA organized and acted as one of 16 international host sites for the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. The program is an experiential learning opportunity for graduate students in public administration.

CIPA MPA Team Takes on Global Policy Challenge in Dubai

Ideally, what should the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government look like in 2031? Second-year CIPA students Ranissa Adityavarman, Courtney Miller and Vanisha Sharma; and first-year students Cara Pratt, Katherine Egan and Sanan Zaman were presented with this query at the 2018 Global Universities Challenge at the World Government Summit (WGS) in Dubai in February.

CIPA MPA Student Elaha Mahboob '19 Featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia: Social Entrepreneurs

Elaha Mahboob '19, a student in the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs MPA program, is featured as a social entrepreneur in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. Individuals are chosen for their ability to "[leverage] business tools to save the region's problems." Elaha is the co-founder of the New York-based Digital Citizen Fund (DCF) with her sister, Roya.

CIPA Capstone Team Studies Refugee Camps in Greece: On-the-Ground Research offers Eye-Opening Experience

In mid-March, a CIPA Capstone report, produced by a Fall 2017 team of students who consulted for the nonprofit organization Humanity Crew, was presented to the UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights at the European Union. The Co-Founder of Humanity Crew, Maria Jammal, was at the meeting to discuss the grave situation of refugees in Greece and beyond.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Sharlene Castle '18 Featured in Ithaca Times

Sharlene Castle '18 spent 2016 to 2018 as Peace Corps Volunteer in China, where she served as an English tutor. She is one of an ever-growing number of volunteers who returned from their Peace Corps assignments and enrolled in post-graduate programs at Cornell, many of them at CIPA.

Giving Day 2018 Breaks Records

Giving Day 2018 was a great success, thanks to the generosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the program.  For Cornell's 24-hour fundraising event on March 20, CIPA set a donor participation goal of 160 and a fundraising dollar goal of $15,000. When all the gifts were calculated, CIPA exceeded both goals: 167 people made gifts totaling $20,240. These gifts will support tuition fellowships to outstanding MPA candidates and CIPA's engaged learning projects around the globe.

Year in Review: Cornell Policy Review Increases Reach and Content

The editors of The Cornell Policy Review, CIPA's online policy journal, hosted a showcase in March to highlight and celebrate the growth and accomplishments of the journal over the past year.

Sarang Mangi '18 Translates UN Human Rights Charter into Sindhi

OHCHR and the co-founder of UHRI, Dr. Noah Bardach, commissioned Mangi to transcribe the Charter into Sindhi and to make any necessary changes to reflect today's world.  Mangi completed the translation and it is now available online.  Please click here for more information.

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