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Welcome to all new students and welcome back to all returning students! Have a fantastic academic year!
The Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA) distributes the newsletter to DGA students and faculty on the second Thursday of the month during the academic year. A typical issue may include: faculty spotlight, student spotlight, research tips, upcoming Rutgers Newark events, and more. If you are interested in contributing to the newsletter or have feedback for the newsletter team, please email We would love to hear from you!

Welcome to DGA's New Director, Dr. Richard O'Meara!

We sat down with Dr. O'Meara this summer for an interview to get to know him and his plans for DGA. You can read Dr. O'Meara's biography on the DGA website.

Q: What sets Rutgers DGA apart from other Global Affairs/IR programs?
A: DGA is a brilliant idea; students are fortunate to be involved in a truly global program; it simply doesn’t exist elsewhere. My work around the world has taught me that all problems and solutions require knowledge of a wide range of issues represented by our core subjects and electives we provide in various disciplines.

Q: Are students encouraged to approach you with questions regarding the program or their studies? 
A: I expect all students to get to know me. Unless I am in a meeting or talking to someone else, I want to hear from you. For formal meetings, you may make an appointment with Desiree; otherwise, feel free to drop by my office (Conklin 211). When I meet with students, the first question out of my mouth will be "how’s your program?" I encourage each of you to have a plan so that you can complete your studies in the most efficient manner possible.

Q: What is an interesting fact about yourself?
A: I am blessed with a great wife, four great kids and eleven grandkids. I've bounced around the world a lot, but always loved coming home.

Q: You have traveled to many different places. Which places have made the most impact on you?
A: I have spent a lot of time in conflict zones including Panama, Cambodia, Vietnam, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Chad, and Iraq. I come away from these experiences humbled by the resilience of people who have faced the best and the worst that humankind has to offer.

If you would like to make an appointment to meet with Dr. O'Meara, you may email DGA's Administrative Assistant, Desiree Gordon at

Meet our Interim Associate Director - Natalie Jesionka

It's a time of change at DGA and as our current Associate Director, Ms. Ann Martin (who will be missed), is about to retire, DGA Director Dr. O'Meara has appointed an Interim Associate Director: Ms. Natalie Jesionka. She took up her interim post on September 6th and will assist students in all academic and course related manners.

One of DGA's own graduates, Natalie is a lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology at Rutgers Newark where she teaches Human Rights, Human Trafficking and Social Change. She founded the PRIZM Project, a human rights organization for young women, has partnered with organizations like Shine Global, an Oscar winning production company to complete a documentary on NGO accountability in Northern Thailand. She also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA and is currently on the Board of Giving Way. Natalie was awarded several competitive fellowships including the Fulbright Scholarship and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and invites students to approach her about potential funding opportunities and fellowship applications. 

You may contact her at:

SAGA Corner

The Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA) is a student-run organization with three missions:
  • SAGA works to promote communication and cooperation amongst DGA students and faculty, as well as the Rutgers Newark administration.
  • Our organization is working to create and advertise academic opportunities by hosting career-related events and spreading the word about conferences, academic student positions (internships, fellowships, etc), and jobs.
  • SAGA is interested in connecting students in a relaxed atmosphere by hosting social events on campus and off-campus in nearby venues.
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Have a question for SAGA? Email us at

Upcoming SAGA events:
  • Sept. 15; 11:30 AM: SAGA Introduction at Orientation, DGA Lounge, Conklin 240
  • Sept. 15; 7:30 PM: Student Mixer, 27 Mix
  • Sept. 28; 4 PM: MS/Ph.D. Roundtable, DGA Lounge, Conklin 240

SAGA Board 2016-2017 
From left to right: Joshua Shaw (Master's Rep.), Sabrina Axster (Vice President), Jessica Mulcahy-Miller (Secretary), Lillian Hussong (Ph.D. Rep.), Sean Maguire (Treasurer), Yvan Ilunga (President)

Sigma Iota Rho - Honors Society for International Affairs

Rutgers DGA hosts the Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) Honor Society for International Studies. Over the last academic year, SIR put together a variety of events such as the annual Global Ethics Day and an induction ceremony for new students. It will continue its engagement throughout the 2016-2017 academic year and is currently planning the 2016 Carnegie Global Ethics Day together with the new SAGA board. 

A call for applications for membership and for the new board will go out later this month with more details. For any further information, please contact:
Weekly Email from DGA
DGA will begin distributing a weekly email with information on upcoming events, opportunities for funding, jobs, internships, and more. Check your inbox next week for the first one.
Job Search Tips
The Global Careers Fair is the largest international public sector-focused online recruitment events and job board of its kind. The next live event will take place on October 6th. Based on the premise of a physical career fair, the virtual event brings candidates together with recruiters and HR professionals from top organizations around the world.

Research Tips
The Peace & Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) is an excellent website that is free to join and hosts a wide array of opportunities and information for students in global affairs. For example, this website hosts calls for papers, internships, fellowship opportunities, media/journalism opportunities, job listings, prize competitions, and grants. PCDN also hosts a forum which includes interviews with policy practitioners, key literature in various fields, and discussions on global change-making.

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:

Upcoming colloquia:

Sept. 14: "The Evolution of the Role of the UN Security Council", Ms. Norma Chan, Former Director of the UN Security Council Affairs Division

Sept. 21: "The Solidarity Economy and Global Networks", Mr. Fernando Baptista, International Consultant, International Labor Organization 
Sept. 28: "Mexican Migration Project and Latin American Migration Project", Ms. Karen Pren, Project Manager, Office of Population Research, Princeton University

Oct. 5: "Critical Perspectives on International Conflict", Dr. Thomas Gregory, Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Auckland 

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