WWS graduate students are deeply engaged in all aspects of the School, primarily through these organizations:
Gender and Policy Network
The Gender and Policy Network (GPN) is led by WWS students. It was founded by students, faculty and alumni whose field experiences, research and careers convinced them that gender should be considered in the design, evaluation and implementation of policies.
The GPN’s goals are to deepen student understanding of gender as a variable in public policy; to develop personal and professional contacts for sharing information and guidance among students, staff, faculty and alumni; and to provide a forum for dialogue on contemporary issues about gender and policy.
To accomplish these goals, the network organizes a range of activities to foster discussion about gender and policy, including presentations by outside speakers, informal lunch discussions, career panels and documentary screenings. GPN works in partnership with a broad range of students, faculty, staff and centers.
Graduate Consulting Group
The Graduate Consulting Group (GCG) enables students to gain practical consulting experience and to apply their skills and expertise in the service of community-based organizations.
The group involves a wide range of graduate students in short-term consulting projects throughout the academic year. The student co-leaders determine the scope and intensity of the pro bono consulting services, both locally and internationally.
Journal of Public and International Affairs
The Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA) is a joint publication of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and the Woodrow Wilson School. It is a scholarly publication featuring the work of graduate students from schools of public and international affairs.
Now in its 24th year, JPIA provides a forum for students to present their research on significant policy issues. Published annually, the journal and the comprehensive editorial review process provide an opportunity for professional exchange, collegial interaction and cooperation among policy school students.
For the 2013 edition of the journal, more than 160 papers were submitted. Two dozen WWS students and 18 students from other APSIA schools and the London School of Economics reviewed the papers in a weekend joint effort.
Students and Alumni of Color Symposium
The Students and Alumni of Color Symposium (SAOC) brings together students and alumni of the Woodrow Wilson School to promote racial diversity; establish productive mentoring relationships; discuss ideas relevant to the social, political and professional development of students of color; and support the social and political development of the wider community.
SAOC sponsors an annual weekend symposium for discussions, networking, sharing and strengthening the professional aspirations of students of color.
Woodrow Wilson Action Committee
The Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC) is the graduate student government body of the Woodrow Wilson School. It provides students a voice in the governance of the School and a formal channel of liaison between the student body and the faculty and administration.
Its members participate in twice-yearly meetings of the Master’s Program Committee, chaired by the faculty chair of the MPA program.
They also participate in the curriculum development process, in conjunction with the associate dean for graduate education.
In addition, WWAC members plan social activities and coordinate volunteer and community-service activities.
Woodrow Wilson Political Network
The Woodrow Wilson Political Network (WWPN) is a student-alumni initiative that aims to nurture public sector leaders to become more effective agents of social change by effectively navigating the worlds of policy and electoral politics.
WWPN provides a training ground and support network for current and future WWS political candidates and professionals, and it aims to integrate the practical study and understanding of politics into the WWS experience.
WWPN was inspired by the vision of a network that connects WWS students and alumni at all levels of U.S. politics.