The School of Diplomacy and International Relations is pleased to announce its membership in the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program. The School and PPIA share a common goal: to promote diversity and leadership in public service institutions serving domestic and international affairs. “As the School marks its 20th anniversary,” reflects Dean Andrea Bartoli, “the PPIA membership is a new cause for celebration, and sets the tone for our continued commitment to providing professional training for young leaders with diverse backgrounds and a passion for serving their communities.”
PPIA facilitates a wide variety of programs, including but not limited to summer Public Service Weekends, a Public Service Expo, and a fellowship program to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree in public policy, international affairs or a related field. PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school, and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good. PPIA National Director, Simone Gbolo, M.A./M.Ed., comments: "PPIA is excited by the growth of our Graduate School Consortium. Our recent addition of Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations as a member will support our efforts to increase diversity and leadership in International Relations as we prepare future public service leaders."
When applying to a PPIA network graduate school like the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy, Fellows are able to waive their application fee and, if accepted, are guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000. Benefits are available to Fellows for at least five years after the completion of their undergraduate degree. Daniel Kristo, Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment Management, welcomes the news enthusiastically. “While diversity has been essential to the School since its founding,” notes Kristo, “the PPIA partnership provides a unique platform that affords student-fellows content and funding resources related to graduate studies, which otherwise may not be available for them. I look forward to engaging with new graduate candidates and matching their future public service goals with our graduate program opportunities.”
Established in strategic partnership with the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. and United Nations Foundation, the School annually welcomes a diverse graduate class representing 20+ countries and 15+ U.S. states. Students learn from a world-renowned faculty of academic scholars – 60% of whom hail from outside the U.S. – and by a series of veteran executive-level practitioners, through a multi-lateral curriculum taught in our South Orange, N.J. classrooms, at the United Nations, in international study seminar locations or online. To learn more about the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy graduate programs and PPIA, click here.
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