Public Service

Nov 2, 2017
Alisa Tiwari '14 *20; Kit Lunney and Rick Barton, Co-directors of SINSI
As a Princeton University undergraduate, Alisa Tiwari '14 evaluated New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk program for her senior thesis. With a background in domestic policy, African-American studies, and urban studies, and drawing on her coursework in politics, policy analysis, and statistics, she spent countless hours analyzing police data, reviewing the relevant legal issues, and considering the perspectives of both officers and...
Jul 13, 2017
Public Affairs
From hosting an Auction to weighing in on the Zika virus, the 2016-17 academic year at the Woodrow Wilson School was both productive and exciting! The Woo family tuned in to a new podcast series, supported local charities, and learned from the experiences and expertise of many high-profile figures in public policy. Take a look back at these and many more of our highlights from the year. Story in Issu: https://issuu.com/woodrowwilsonschool/docs/...
Mar 1, 2017
Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
The recipients of Princeton's top alumni awards underscored solutions for the political and technological challenges of today and the future at the University's annual Alumni Day on Saturday, Feb. 25. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, president of Peru, spoke of a new age in Latin America, while Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., was positive about the power of technology to solve societal problems. Their speeches in...
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Feb 6, 2017
Sarah M. Binder
Ten students at Princeton University have been selected to the 2017 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI). Established in 2006, SINSI is designed to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government, in both international and domestic agencies. Through rigorous academic training integrated with work experience, the goal of the highly competitive scholarship...
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Jan 24, 2017
Sarah M. Binder
Before departing for winter break, Woodrow Wilson School students hosted the School’s annual signature event: a service auction benefitting Isles Youth Institute (IYI), based in Trenton, N.J. On Dec. 9, 2016, Princeton students, faculty, staff and alumni joined community members as well as leadership and students from IYI for an energetic evening that raised more than $16,000 for the local nonprofit. Organized by the Woodrow Wilson Action...
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Sep 21, 2016
Mel Policicchio, Woodrow Wilson School
In 2005, Maribel Hernández Rivera MPA ’10 was a first-year master’s student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and spent much of her time outside the classroom organizing rallies and encouraging her peers to advocate for immigration reform.   Carrying this passion and dedication into her professional career, Hernández Rivera became the first executive director of legal initiatives at the New York...
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Sep 8, 2016
Sarah M. Binder
Siddharth (Sid) Chatterjee, MPP ’11 has been appointed United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kenya, where he will help to lead and coordinate 25 UN agencies based in the country. He will also serve as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme. Prior to this appointment, Sid served as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Kenya. At UNFPA, Sid and his team spearheaded efforts to reduce the...
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Aug 17, 2016
Michael Hotchkiss, Princeton Communications
It was a Princeton moment more than 3,600 miles from FitzRandolph Gate: two Princetonians standing together outside the presidential palace in Lima, Peru, on July 28, wearing business suits adorned with sashes in the red and white of their nation's flag. One was Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the nation's newly elected president, who earned a Master in Public Affairs degree in 1961 from the University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International...
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Jul 28, 2016
Mel Policicchio
New York City is home to more than 58,000 men, women and children living on the streets and relying on public sheltering systems for assistance. This pressing concern has always stood out to Rochelle Haynes, MPA-URP ’06, who is a native of the city. She has dedicated her career to eradicating homelessness and now works as chief of staff for New York City’s Department of Homeless Services.    After graduating from Princeton University’s Woodrow...
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Jul 22, 2016
Public Affairs
Candidates for Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs usually enter the School's degree programs with real-world professional experience. Students with military backgrounds also bring a global viewpoint of the effect public policy has on the ground. Their leadership and experience in the field enriches classroom conversations. Full Story Here.
Jun 20, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
Eighteen high school students from 16 Pueblo Nations in New Mexico and two students from the Navajo Nation in Arizona are visiting the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs this week as part of the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy (SPA). Full Story Here.
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Jun 15, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski MPA ’61, a liberal economist, has won the majority of votes in Peru’s presidential election. Full Story Here.
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May 24, 2016
Public Affairs
Tishina Okegbe MPP ’16 also found her way to the Peace Corps as a means to find more fulfilling work. During her third year of a doctoral program in molecular biology, Okegbe realized that she needed a job with a more tangible impact on people. “I was spending a lot of time in the lab, a lot of time looking down a microscope and a lot of time doing dissections of very small parts of a fly’s body,” Okegbe said. As she considered her passions for...
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Apr 28, 2016
Public Affairs
Patrick Linn Patrick Linn MPA ’16 had always dreamt of joining the Peace Corps. He knew it would afford him the opportunity to live and work in a community that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible. He applied for the Peace Corps in 2009, but waited a few years before departing to ensure that he and his wife could volunteer in the same location. The wait was well worth it. Linn and his wife worked in the Kedougou region of southeastern Senegal,...
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Apr 27, 2016
Elizabeth Martin, MPA '17
As an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School, I've been awed and advised by classmates, faculty, professors and alumni. My hope is that this new series of alumni profiles, “WooSights,” will give you a sense of the generosity and depth of the Wilson School community and offer some insights into how alumni have made the most of the opportunities it provides. --Elizabeth Martin   Alicia Allison, MPA ’98 Director, Political Training Division,...
Apr 20, 2016
Public Affairs
Jeremey Taglieri Jeremey Taglieri MPA '17 also found himself in the Peace Corps after becoming disaffected with the institutionalized nature of academia. As a political science undergraduate, Taglieri enjoyed his studies, but was tired of what seemed to be "all talk" and "no action." I grew dissatisfied with the fact that we spent all this time talking about the world's problems but not actually doing (anything about" them," he said. After...
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Apr 15, 2016
Public Affairs
John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961 with the goal of sending volunteers on two-year missions to aid developing nations while simultaneously helping Americans understand foreign cultures. Since then, more than 220,000 Americans have traveled to 140 countries to assist with projects ranging from education to agriculture to technology. The Peace Corps provides volunteers with housing and a stipend to cover food and incidentals, allowing...
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Mar 8, 2016
Public Affairs
Nancy Duff Campbell, Kate Grant and Diane Coffey are just a few of the incredible women who have walked through the doors of Robertson Hall. Today, in honor of International Women's Day, we share with you some pieces featuring these women. Nancy Duff Campbell: A Path to Service WooCast Alumna Kate Grant Gives a Voice to the World's Poorest Women Maternal Health in India Much Worse than Previously Thought
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Feb 25, 2016
Lauren R. Mosko
Eileen Claussen, environmentalist and energy scholar, discusses her distinguished career. Full Story Here.
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Feb 8, 2016
Susan B. Higgins
Thanks to the efforts of many generous, community-minded graduate students, faculty and staff at the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS), more than $11,000 was raised to benefit the Isles Youth Institute (IYI) in Trenton, N.J., at the Eighth Annual Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC) Service Auction held Dec. 11, 2015, at Robertson Hall. The WWAC is the graduate student government body of the Wilson School, created to provide students both a voice in...
Nov 11, 2015
Public Affairs
In recognition of Veterans Day, a panel discussion at Princeton University will examine the role of veterans in academia Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, 4:30 p.m., in Robertson Hall. This event is sponsored by the Princeton Student Veterans Organization, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for International Security Studies at the School. Faculty with experience in the military – ranging from a few years to a...
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Paul Volcker
Oct 9, 2015
B. Rose Huber
The public service papers of Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, are now part of the permanent collection of Princeton University, where the economist earned his undergraduate degree in 1949. Read the full story here.
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Sep 14, 2015
Mike Kelvington, MPA1
This past Friday morning, on September 11th, approximately 15 graduate students from the Woodrow Wilson School joined Princeton’s Student Veterans Organization and the local chapter of Team Red, White, and Blue for a Remembrance Workout that was nothing short of inspirational.  Just as those horrific events of September 11th, 2001 brought together Americans from all walks of life, so did this tribute workout.  In total, there were over 40...
Aug 20, 2015
Public Affairs
Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast region in August 2005, resulting in more than 1,800 people dead and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Nearly 80 miles northwest of New Orleans, a site of unprecedented damage during the storm, is Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital and home of Louisiana State University (LSU). A few blocks from campus lived Ian Aucoin, a native of New Orleans who was, at the time, a senior at LSU. “I was in...
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Aug 18, 2015
Public Affairs
Successful societies need human capital – and human capital is produced when a society invests in its children so that they grow up to be healthy, productive citizens. Such is the formula that shapes the work of Dean Spears, MPA ’07, Ph.D. ’13. A child’s failure to thrive hurts the child. But it also hurts the society. In the Sitapur district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, early life health has been chronically problematic. While the...
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Aug 6, 2015
Public Affairs
In mid-June, 29 rising college seniors cut their summer breaks short and set up shop at the Woodrow Wilson School. The undergraduates in this year’s Junior Summer Institute (JSI) class hailed from 24 U.S. colleges and universities, representing 16 states and 14 majors. The seven-week program prepares students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. Students are admitted to JSI based on a demonstrated commitment...
Jul 2, 2015
Public Affairs
Half of the 220,000 people killed in the Syrian civil war have been civilians. Untargeted barrel bombings have crumbled cities and diminished basic resources like food and water. Many children have been out of school for four years. Those who have survived the attacks suffer with injuries and have no access to medical care. Within the country, 7.6 million people have been displaced. Another 4 million have made the life-threatening trek into...
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Jun 30, 2015
Public Affairs
To expand on this perspective, the Princeton-Fung Global Forum will convene Nov. 2–3 in Dublin, Ireland, to examine global health, using the Ebola outbreak as a case study of a modern plague. The third annual forum will include academic scholars, researchers, health and medical professionals, aid workers, policymakers and journalists. Using a multidisciplinary approach, panelists will examine economic, environmental, political and historical...
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Jun 23, 2015
Public Affairs
The Fistula Foundation funds more obstetric fistula surgeries than any other non-governmental organization in the world. When Kate Grant MPA ’94 joined the Foundation as its first CEO in 2005, it supported surgeries at one institution in Ethiopia. Since then, the Foundation has helped women in 29 countries in Africa and Asia. It was on a seven-month trip through this region that Grant realized she needed to leave her advertising career for a new...
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Jun 8, 2015
WWS Admissions
One of the exciting features of our Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program is a 10-week-long summer internship during the summer between the first-and-second-year of our two-year program. Each student is required to intern at a professional level for an agency or organization that is relevant to their course of study and career interests.  Our 67 first-year MPA students will conclude their first-year requirements with summer positions all over...
Jan 19, 2015
Shasti Conrad, MPA '15 & Ricardo Hurtado, MPA '15
We wanted to share some timely words from Dr. King this holiday to give some perspective on our day-to-day work to support communities of color in the United States and worldwide.  It’s important to honor the spirit of these efforts in our own work, no matter how small our own individual or collective efforts may seem sometimes.    On December 7, 1964, a few days before he received the Noble Peace Prize, Dr. King addressed thousands of people in...
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Sara Elsayed, MPA '16
Oct 7, 2014
Sara Elsayed, MPA '16
I grew up in a small town in North Carolina as a first-generation American. I went to a public high school. My family was supportive and I was motivated. I did well, but I was sheltered. It had never occurred to me to consider a more prestigious or even out-of-state university.  I applied locally and went to a state school. It was a great experience and I received an extraordinary education.  But it was safe--a by-product of my sheltered small...
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Jul 28, 2014
Ana E. Cubas, MPA-URP ‘96
As a Los Angeles native, adjusting to life as a graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School was tough.  The curriculum was rigorous and getting used to the weather was challenging (I had to learn how to shop for the appropriate jackets, socks, and ear muffs!).  I missed home, and as someone that was committed to public service, I also searched for opportunities to volunteer, and to give back to Latino and African American communities.  I tried...
Jun 27, 2014
Ricky Hurtado, MPA '15, Institute for Black Male Achievement Intern, PolicyLink
As I picked up my registration packet at this year’s "A Gathering of Leaders" conference in Oakland, CA, I couldn’t help but laugh when I glanced down at my name tag. “Ricky Hurtado, Institute for Black Male Achievement Intern, PolicyLink” it read. It felt a little strange to be with my new PolicyLink co-workers, preparing for a week’s worth of energizing and challenging dialogue around the work supporting boys and men of color across the...
Jun 17, 2014
WWS Admissions
Do you want to explore your future in public service? Apply to attend a free 4-day weekend conference just for college students who want to move the world forward! Motivated students from diverse backgrounds will gather at Indiana University, October 23-26, 2014, to learn how they pursue a career, or get a degree, in public service. They’ll hear from renowned thinkers and leaders in public service, participate in cultural and recreational...
Jun 13, 2014
Melissa Lyles
We would like to welcome the 28th cohort of students to our Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA-JSI), the largest diversity program in the United States that promotes the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and advances their leadership roles throughout the U.S. and abroad. The program helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate study and careers in public policy...
Students bidding on prizes
Jan 22, 2014
Eric Wilkens
Graduate students, faculty and staff from the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) raised $13,000 for the Isles Youth Institute in Trenton, N.J., during the Sixth Annual Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC) Service Auction Dec. 6, 2013, in Robertson Hall. Money raised by the event, organized by WWAC Community Service co-chairs Samuel Clark and Kate Fritzche, both second year master’s students, will go toward helping at-risk youth. All auction items...
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Dec 5, 2013
WWS Admissions
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A majority of Wilson School students filled the Graduate College as future versions of their classmates.
Apr 5, 2013
WWS Admissions
Written by Kate Fritzsche, MPA ’14 As part of our nature as a public service school, many WWS students are involved with community service in the areas surrounding Princeton. The graduate students at WWS have had an ongoing relationship with the Greater Donnelly Initiative (GDI) in Trenton, NJ for five years. GDI provides mentorship, gang-resistance, and homelessness/hunger services to disadvantaged youth in inner-city Trenton. We’ve partnered...
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Mar 11, 2013
WWS Admissions
Five Woos took time out from studying for midterms and headed to Union Beach, NJ, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.  It’s been five months since the hurricane hit and New Jersey communities are still dealing with its aftermath.