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Chat & Chai Series

This semester, DGA is hosting a series of Chat & Chai events. Chat & Chai is a new DGA series where top young leaders and innovators share advice on international careers, discuss their time in the field, and answer questions in a relaxed setting.

The first Chat & Chai took place on Thursday, September 22nd at Art Kitchen and Shin Daimyo, RN, MPH was the guest speaker. Students were treated to coffee and listened to how Mr. Daimyo became the Senior Advisor for Mental Health at Partners In Health, a role in which he provides key service delivery, training, research, strategy, management, and capacity building advisement for PIH’s mental health teams throughout the world. Students were able to ask questions about how Mr. Daimyo positioned himself for success and received advice on how to begin a career in global health.

There will be more Chat & Chais this semester, stay tuned!

Sigma Iota Rho: Carnegie Global Ethics Day & Applications
DGA hosts the Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) Honor Society for International Studies. On October 19th SIR will organize a teach-in for Carnegie Global Ethics Day. Students will be asked to break out in groups and debate whether drones are ethical in warfare. The event is taking place during colloquium on Wednesday, October 19, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in Dana Room (Dana Library, 4th floor). All are invited to attend and participate. 
Sigma Iota Rho is currently accepting applications for new members. Students who fulfill the following eligibility requirements are invited to apply. For an application form and further information, please email:
Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Graduate student at Rutgers University
  • Major in Global Affairs or any other program with a global focus
  • Overall 3.3 GPA
  • Completed 3 courses at Rutgers University 
There is a one-time $55 membership fee to be submitted to the local SIR Chapter. 
The Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho is also accepting applications for the positions of Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Ford Institute Creates Award in Honor of Dr. Simon Reich

Before becoming a core faculty member of DGA, Dr. Simon Reich was the founding Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh, serving from 2003-2008.

In 2015, to promote writing and high quality research in the field of human security, the Ford Institute for Human Security created the Simon Reich Human Security Writing Award.
Regarding the award, Dr. Reich said, "This is a great honor. I appreciate that the University of Pittsburgh decided to name a student research paper competition after me because helping students develop their research skills is so near to my heart.”

The first recipient of the award, announced in September 2016, is Tara Devezin (MID ’16). Ms. Devezin’s paper focuses on improving women’s health in the East African countries of Malawi and Uganda.

Meet our Students

This month we are introducing DGA doctoral student Jumo Ayendale. Originally from Nigeria, Jumo graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science (Hons.) and a Master of Public Administration Degree. She was a recipient of the New York University President’s Service Award and has worked for domestic and international governments and organizations such as the Cambodian Government, the UNDP/UNOPS/UNFTA Staff Council, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the policy research division of the Women City Club of New York. 

Jumo was attracted to the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Particularly, the prospect of learning about conflict from different academic disciplines was something she was curious about. Her research focuses on the comparative study of Jihadist groups—namely, Boko Haram of Northern Nigeria, Al-Shabaab of Somalia and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb—and the various counter-terrorism strategies and policies that governments employ in tackling these organizations and their members.

Jumo is passionate about contributing to the development of Africa and if the opportunity is granted, she would like to go into policy research for African governments after graduation. 
DGA Faculty & Student Publications

SAGA Corner

On September 28, SAGA hosted the first MS/Ph.D. Roundtable of the year, a small event in which DGA Masters and Ph.D. students discuss their thesis or dissertation research, fieldwork, internships, and more.

Allison Dowd, a second-year Master's student, spoke about her internship at the United Nations Department of Field Support, and the overall process to apply for a UN internship. Lillian Hussong is a second-year doctoral student, and spoke about navigating DGA coursework for incoming students.  Over a dozen students attended. Our next MS/Ph.D. Roundtable will be held on October 19 at 4pm.

On September 29, SAGA hosted its first open meeting of the semester. Open meetings are held to inform students about SAGA's mission, the latest DGA news, and upcoming opportunities for student engagement.

Stay tuned for more SAGA open meetings to see how you can become involved in DGA student-led activities, such as the annual DGA conference, the newsletter, and more.

"Like" SAGA on Facebook to stay up on all the latest SAGA news!
Have a question for SAGA? Email us at
Research Tip
Foreign Policy Interrupted (FPI) exists to amplify the voice of women in foreign affairs and policy. FPI features stories and books written on foreign affairs by women and includes a fellowship program to further train women to actively participate in the media debate. Content includes a weekly newsletter collecting stories, a book club and an interrupter series introducing different women working across the broad spectrum of foreign policy.

Fellowship Tip
ProFellow is a searchable database of fellowships for students pursuing research in nearly any research discipline. ProFellow has the added advantage of using filters to tailor your work experiences and research interests to find accessible fellowships. While the website is free to use, you must register to become a member.
DGA Instagram
DGA is now on Instagram! On Instagram, DGA is currently featuring student "takeovers" wherein students post about their lives, research, and why they chose DGA. Check it out to see the takeovers of Ph.D. student Yvan Ilunga, Master's student Shelby Moulton, and Master's student Sean Maguire.

The colloquium is the weekly speakers series organized by DGA with talks from experts in different global policy fields. All students are invited to attend and it allows them to network and learn about new policy areas. Sessions take place every Wednesday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the Dana Room, Dana Library (4th floor).

Questions? Contact Sabrina Axster

Upcoming colloquia:
Oct. 19: Carnegie Global Ethics Day (in partnership with Sigma Iota Rho): "Are Drones Ethical in Warfare?"
Oct. 26: "How United States Foreign Policy Is Actually Made", Dr. Yale Ferguson, DGA Professorial Fellow 

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