McCormack Speaks

July 31, 2017
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Already Enjoying a Successful Career in Housing, Loiselle Reaches for the Ceiling


by Patrick Lawlor, MPA 2016

Courtenay Loiselle, MPA ’16Many of us who have suffered through countless New England winters often dream about what winters would be like in a place like Arizona: No more salt stains on our shoes, no more bone-chilling walks to the T stop. But Courtenay Loiselle, Public Administration ’16, did just the opposite. Having moved to Boston from Tucson in 2001, Loiselle has already made her mark in affordable housing and there is nothing slowing her down. Continue Reading →

July 28, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

A Day to Put Ourselves in a Refugee’s Shoes

by Beyza Burcak, Conflict Resolution student

silhouettes of refugee family“If there were guns pointed at your children, would you not flee also for your safety? Do we not owe people enough humanity to stand with them when they flee for their lives?”

As Westy Egmont, director of the Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College, challenged his audience with those questions, a screen behind him showed the iconic photo of a Turkish coast guard carrying the body of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi. The boy had fled war-torn Syria with his family and drowned in the Aegean Sea during the dangerous journey to freedom and safety in 2015.

The photograph – and Alan’s story – put a human face on the global refugee crisis: more than 65 million people displaced by persecution, war or violence. And yet here we were two years later, still trying to find an answer to the same question: How can we make a meaningful impact on the lives of these refugees? Continue Reading →

July 25, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Center for Social Policy Highlights FY 2017

Center for Social Policy team

CSP Research Director Francoise Carre, Administrative Assistant Rolando Del Villar, and Director Susan Crandall

As the new fiscal year gets off to a warm start, the Center for Social Policy (CSP) reviews its accomplishments over the past year to celebrate successes as they gear up for the year ahead.

The center focused on releasing  impactful research, influencing policy, building capacity in the field, supporting student growth, and sharing their scholarship with the media.

CSP Director Susan Crandall notes, “I am grateful for the support of our constituent advisors, the Emerging Leaders Program, our partners, sponsors, and funders. I look forward to our ongoing work together!”

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July 21, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Two McCormack Faculty Fellows Present Research on Three Continents Last Month

Shaw and Parpart with PhD Students

Shaw and Parpart (seated) with PhD Students

B. Jane L. Parpart, PhD, and Timothy M. Shaw, PhD, faculty fellows in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, gave papers on three continents last month. Their research expertise brought them to academic conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America. Continue Reading →

July 18, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Student Achievements Abound in Global Governance, Human Security PhD Program

During the spring 2017 semester, several students in the PhD Program in Global Governance and Human Security earned fellowships from Jamaica to West Africa, research grants, and teaching positions from Boston to Arlington, Virginia.

“These accomplishments point to the high quality students who choose to study at the McCormack Graduate School,” said Dean David Cash. “I continue to be impressed by the breadth of their expertise and their commitment to build a more secure and sustainable world.” Continue Reading →

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