SPPUA in Action | May 2018
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I’m both honored and thrilled to have been named the new director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. SPPUA is a unique networked community of committed, passionate, engaged learners, scholars, activists, analysts, and practitioners.
SPPUA is a place where students feel part of a community that challenges them to undertake rigorous research projects and create innovative new approaches to local and global issues.
SPPUA is a place where faculty engage in cutting-edge, applied research that crosses disciplinary boundaries and shapes the world. And SPPUA is a place where staff are committed to providing exceptional services to students, alumni, and faculty.
I look forward to engaging with our SPPUA networks, continuing to make new and valuable connections among alumni, public, private, and nonprofit organizations. From our innovative master's programs, to our unique PhD program, to our multiple undergraduate offerings, SPPUA continues to expand its reach. (Click here for more information about our programs.)
As this issue of our e-newsletter demonstrates, SPPUA epitomizes the value of a community that cares about one another, where opportunities and growth are abundant. I’m proud to shine the spotlight on students, alumni, faculty, and staff who recently took home highly prestigious awards — from Fulbright and Community Service Leadership awards, to best conference paper, best book and Huntington 100 awards.

Learn how our undergraduate students are making a positive and lasting impact in local communities through Northeastern Students4Giving, an experiential philanthropy education program that combines rigorous academic content with real-dollar grant making. Discover how students in the final stage of their graduate education put learning into action, by applying the skills they developed in their programs to address challenging problems for actual clients. Join us in congratulating the many accomplishments of SPPUA’s Class of 2018!
Jennie Stephens
Director and Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Video: 2018 Graduate Commencement

And the Awards Go To...

PhD student receives 2018 Best Conference Paper Award

Congratulations to Shiqin Liu, a student in the PhD in Law and Public Policy Program who was awarded the 2018 Best Conference Paper Award from Urban Affairs Association (UAA)!

Liu received the award for Cultural Entrepreneurship in U.S. Cities, which she presented at the 2017 UAA Minneapolis Conference. Read more.

PhD candidate receives Asian Studies Research Award

Vaishali Kushwaha, a PhD candidate in the Law and Public Policy Program, has been awarded the Hong Liu Asian Studies Research Award for her dissertation research on water supply sustainability in rapidly urbanizing India. She will conduct field research this summer in Ahmedabad, India. Read more.

Graduate Commencement Celebration & Awards Luncheon

On Friday, May 4, 54 SPPUA graduate students received their diplomas. Prior to commencement, students and their families joined faculty and staff at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs for an Awards Luncheon.

The annual event honors a select few who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding academic performance, strong leadership, and exceptional commitment to embrace research and its applications in both local and global dimensions. This year, 11 graduates received awards, and four received honorable mentions. Read more.

Northeastern celebrates community’s highest achievements

Northeastern University celebrated the highest achievements of students, faculty, staff, and alumni at the Academic Honors Convocation on Monday, April 23, to a standing-room-only crowd in East Village. Honorees included three SPPUA students:

• Akiera Gilbert '17, American India Foundation
• Raevan Henderson ’17, Fulbright Scholarship
• Hannah Flath ’18, 2017-2018 Community Service Leadership Award
Read more.

Huntington 100

Two graduating human services majors who have also played critical roles as program assistants in SPPUA’s Social Impact Lab were named to the Huntington 100 list, which recognizes outstanding students for achievements commensurate with the university’s mission, ideals, values, and Academic Plan.

Allegra Mangione and Martha Durkee-Neuman were honored because of their outstanding achievements in impact on the campus community, service, global engagement, leadership, innovative spirit, and commitment to the ideals and values of Northeastern.
Read more.

Shatkin receives 2018 Best Book in Urban Affairs Award-Honorable Mention

Professor Gavin Shatkin was recently awarded the 2018 Best Book in Urban Affairs Award-Honorable Mention for his book, Cities For Profit: The Real Estate Turn in Asia’s Urban Politics. The award comes from the Urban Affairs Association, an international professional association for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals. Read more.

Faculty, staff honored at CSSH celebration

Several faculty and staff in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs were honored at the 6th annual College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) Faculty and Staff Celebration on April 19. Read more.
Get to Know
New SPPUA director wants to expand programs, research opportunities

"I envision multiple opportunities for harnessing the strengths of the School to expand our reach and impact locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally." Read more.
Experiential Philanthropy Education
10 years of ‘learning to give, giving to learn’

They call themselves Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G). Their motto is “learning to give, giving to learn.” And their mission is to make a positive and lasting impact in Boston communities through grant making. Read more.
Guest Column
‘My degree has helped me become a more well-rounded public servant’

By Jatnna Garcia '18, MA in International Affairs

By combining theory with practice and giving me a broader perspective on the effects of policy decisions on different marginalized communities, and especially as I look forward to a career in the Foreign Service, my degree has helped me become a more well-rounded public servant. Read more.

SPPUA Update

PHOTOS: Capstone Presentations and End-of-Year Celebration

Approximately 80 people, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, capstone clients, and Advisory Committee members, gathered on Wednesday, April 25, for the Spring Capstone Presentations and End-of-Year Celebration. Teams of students in the final stage of their education put learning into action. Working in small teams, they applied the skills they developed in their programs to address challenging problems for actual clients. Get to know the teams and their projects here. Click here to view photos of the event.  

The Opportunity Index

SPPUA’s Boston Area Research Initiative and Boston Public Schools are working on The Opportunity Index, a project designed to identify schools with higher concentrations of students in need of additional resources and supports to overcome opportunity gaps. Read more.

Professor Shatkin receives NSF grant for flood risk research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a grant to professor Gavin Shatkin for his research on flood risk and property rights in delta megacities.

The project will analyze the impact that growing awareness of future flood risk has on laws, policies, and norms concerning property rights in large metropolitan areas located in major river deltas. Read more.

Professor Kuhl examines market systems interventions

In a new paper published in April, Northeastern University expert Laura Kuhl explores how market systems interventions can build climate resilience.

Potential contributions of market-systems development initiatives for building climate resilience, published in World Development, analyzes the compatibility of market systems and climate resilience approaches to agricultural development, using the United States government’s Feed the Future program as an empirical case study. Read more.

Bifurcating American identity

A new paper by associate professor Amilcar Antonio Barreto analyzes statements from 2016 U.S. presidential candidates to understand how they situated Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexual (LGB) Americans within the nation’s parameters.

In Bifurcating American identity: partisanship, sexual orientation, and the 2016 presidential election, Barreto and Northeastern alumnus Nicholas G. Napolio argue that candidate pronouncements on non-heterosexuals’ place in the nation gravitated toward two distinct and bifurcated understandings of American authenticity and the conditions under which sexual minorities could be welcomed. Read more.
In the Media

The faculty and staff at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continue to be reliable sources of expertise on current pressing issues. Click here for a list of articles during the month of April that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.

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