Empowering Women in Rural Communities

By Yesenia Garcia, MSW ’19 This summer I had the amazing opportunity to be an intern with IMSS (Instituto Mexicano de Servicios Sociales), which is the social services department in Mexico. More specifically, I interned for the IMSS in the state of Zacatecas and worked with two different rural communities. These vibrant communities are one […]

New Urban Reserves in the Canadian Prairies

By Daniel Iwama, Urban Planning PhD candidate As researchers trying to understand causes of social injustice, seldom do we take repossession as a subject of inquiry. In the past few months, however, I’ve been researching the formation of new First Nations reserves in Canadian cities, and thinking a lot about how land can be given […]

On shared mobility services in Singapore

By Tomoko Kanda MURP ’19 “Shared mobility” is one of the most popular phrases  in the urban planning and transportation field these days. For most of us living in California, using Uber, Lyft or e-scooters like Bird and Lime has become a daily transportation option. These new services (Uber’s official launch in San Francisco was […]

Washington D.C. with GPA Part IV

By Yesenia Garcia, MSW ’19 During the first year of my time as an MSW graduate student, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC along the side of seven other students from the Luskin Department. We had the unique opportunity to meet various organizations (NGOs, think tanks & etc.) devoted to international development […]

Washington D.C. with GPA Part III

By Samuel Stalls, MPP ’19 The most exciting part of graduate school, for me, has been the opportunity to meet and hear from numerous bright people doing fascinating work to impact the world. One of the scariest parts of graduate school is worrying about the best path to take for my career and what employment […]

Washington D.C. with GPA Part II

By Chloe Turner, MSW ’19   On behalf of Global Public Affairs at Luskin, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC over spring break and participate in engaging conversations with several international development organizations. Through this unique experience, I learned the importance of refining specific skills geared toward the profession of global development. […]

Washington D.C. with GPA

By Nikki Lewis, MPP, MSW ’19 This year’s Spring Break trip to Washington DC, hosted by Global Public Affairs at Luskin, included visits to several think tanks and research institutes. These informational visits opened my eyes to a new avenue for applying my policy and social work skills that would also appease my desire for […]

2018’s Best State Capitals to Live in

In WalletHub’s recent article, they explored various determinants of which state capital makes best homes. WalletHub compared all 50 across 51 key indicators of affordability, economic strength, quality of education and health, and overall living standards. Our data set ranges from cost of living to K–12 school-system quality to number of attractions. Read on for our […]

If we talk about we talk about hurting the planet, who exactly is the “we”?

Every year, human activity moves more sediment and rock than all natural processes combined, including erosion and rivers. This might not shock you. In fact, you’ve probably seen similar soundbites circulating online, signals of the sheer scale of how we’re terraforming the planet in the era of the Anthropocene. Natural and social scientists argue passionately about almost everything Anthropocenic, from […]

Scientists’ Second Warning to Humanity

A short article from BioScience has resonated globally this past week.  It concerns a broad warning to humanity about our alarmingly unsustainable ways, concerning nearly every facet of our existence. The paper follows on from an initial warning to humanity made by leading scientists exactly 25 years ago. Led by the eminent researcher Bill Ripple, the current […]