From the Desk of the Director
Dr. Richard O'Meara, JD, PhD
As we head into the end of the semester, let me be the first to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. The holidays can be a time to reconnect with family and friends, reflect on how we operate in the world, and otherwise recharge our batteries for the challenges of the coming year. So at the end of the semester, let me throw some bumper stickers your way:
Go get some rest and get ready to come back next semester to rock and roll!
- How’s your program?
- You need to learn the rules, know where you are going and how to get there.
- Get smart and get out and run the world.
- DGA is a waystation, a place to reflect on what’s important and what you can do to contribute.
- Think Critically!
- Accept no perceived truth from anyone that isn’t properly sourced, and which asks the wrong questions, or is otherwise doublespeak. Read some history. Believe me, much of what we see as new challenges has happened before. We’re educated. We should be able to see all sides of an issue before we weigh in and then we should endeavor to be the smartest people in the room.
- Ask yourself, where’s my place in all of this?
- Your place, of course, will change as you grow but you want to put yourself in a position where you burn as few bridges as possible so you have as many options as possible.
2017 Global Affairs Conference
Dynamics of Global Inequality: New Thinking in Global Affairs
The Student Association for Global Affairs (SAGA) and the Division of Global Affairs are holding their 2017 Global Affairs Conference on April 21, 2017. Under the theme: Dynamics of Global Inequality: New Thinking in Global Affairs, the conference will focus on how global systems of inequality such as race, sexuality, gender and ability shape the world in which we live. Central themes of global affairs scholarship, including security, development, migration and mass atrocity crimes occur with the context of, and are shaped by such systems of inequality. The conference will feature a keynote speech by Professor Elisa von Joeden-Forgey from Stockton University and a lunchtime panel discussion on “Broadening the global affairs and IR curriculum: Why does it matter?”
All DGA students are invited to participate and attend. You can submit an abstract on the following and related topics in all aspects of global affairs:
The submission deadline for abstracts is January 27, 2017. Please submit an anonymous abstract of up to 400 words (in PDF or Word document form) to SAGA.Rutgers@gmail.com. Please put your name and contact details in the email body and put “Paper Submission DGA Conference” in the subject line.
- Racial and Ethnic Identities
- Systems of Oppression (Racism, Xenophobia, Sexism, Classism, Homophobia, etc.)
- Gender and Gender Identities
- Sexuality, Queer Theory, and Global LGBT Activism
- Ability and Disability
- Decolonial Thinking
- Mass Atrocity Crimes (Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, Ethnic Cleansing)
- Non US- or Euro-centric Approaches to International Relations and Global Affairs
Other ways to get involved include helping with the preparation of the conference and on the day or to chair a panel. Stay tuned for more updates when the SAGA board will reach out to students.
For more information, check out our call for papers here.
Changes to Spring Colloquium
There will be some changes to colloquium starting in Spring 2016. The format will stay the same and we already have an interesting set of speakers lined up, including representatives from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Global Compact, academia, local governments and non-governmental organizations who will cover issues as diverse as immigration, statistics, climate change and inequalities.
Some of the changes will include two dedicated debating sessions where we will divide students into groups and ask them to deliberate a particular global affairs issue. Students will also be asked to submit two short writing pieces that can be published. This way the colloquium will continue to contribute to students' academic and professional development.
Meet our Students
This month we are introducing graduating Master's student Allison Dowd. Allison received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and a Minor in Women's Studies from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She is originally from just outside of Eugene, Oregon and lived in Honolulu, Hawaii for four years before moving to Newark to pursue her Master's at Rutgers.
Before beginning her Master’s, Allison worked in property management, office and event management and physician residency recruiting. Allison chose Rutgers because of its interdisciplinary nature and proximity to New York City. Although she had no experience in international relations before beginning her Master's, Allison found that networking with professors and professionals in the field helped gain access to the discipline. While in DGA, Allison completed two internships; one at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University and one at the United Nations. Additionally, Allison found that taking advantage of DGA resources and events as well as persistently applying for internships and jobs has helped her obtain a job after graduation.
Allison has accepted a position with the Environmental Defense Fund in New York City and will be working in the Global Strategy Initiative Office as a Program Coordinator.
New Members on the SAGA Board
SAGA Board Treasurer Sean Maguire and SAGA Board MS Representative Josh Shaw are graduating in December. The board has selected MS student Audrey Nguyen as Treasurer and MS student Shelby Moulton as the MS Representative.
In Case You Missed It...
A recap of DGA/SAGA November events
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- Nov. 8: Our election watch party was a huge success, and we are glad that DGA students, faculty, and staff came together to watch the presidential election.
- Nov. 15: Thank you to everyone who helped make our Harvest Potluck a huge success! MS student Sean Maguire cooked a fabulous turkey and our students and staff shared many wonderful side dishes and desserts.
- Nov. 29: SAGA was selected to win $500 by Rutgers on "RU Giving Day!"
- Lillian Hussong (PhD Representative) and PhD student Jessica Burton encouraged DGA students to participate in the social media challenges.
- Lillian submitted a photo for the student organization challenge which included a photo of the SAGA Board and a description of our fall events, as well as SAGA's plans for the 2017 Global Affairs Conference. We are thankful to Rutgers for awarding us a generous donation!
- Nov. 30: SAGA co-sponsored a career workshop with DGA in which Dr. Alison Howell presented on the best way to write an effective CV.
- Nov. 30: SAGA hosted the November MS/Roundtable with MS student Yemi Onitiri and PhD student (and SAGA Vice President) Sabrina Axster.
- Dec. 1: SAGA helped co-sponsor a DGA workshop in which PhD candidate Laura Cohen presented on the IRB application process.
Have a question for SAGA? Email us at SAGA.Rutgers@gmail.com