The real work

By Christina Metz, MSW candidate ’15, in India as a visiting student at Delhi University During our second week in India, I attended orientation week for the MSW classes at the Delhi University Department of Social Work, where me and my classmates Sarah and Dawnette had a chance to attend seminars and become friends with other second-year […]

For the best of both worlds

By Jon Baskin, MSW candidate ’15, traveling to Michigan and Ontario, Canada I am in the somewhat uncommon but fortuitous position of being both an American and a Canadian. After having lived in both countries, I’ve reflected upon their similarities and differences, particularly as cultures, social systems, and ways of thinking readily cross increasingly porous […]

The resilience of people

By Christina Metz, MSW candidate ’15, in India as a visiting student at Delhi University Hello from Delhi, India! I am traveling with two classmates from the MSW program – Sarah and Dawnette – and we have had such amazing interactions in the short time that we have been here. During our first week at the […]

I’m Not There (Yet)

By Phoebe Brauer, MURP student, currently in Thailand I’m Not There (Yet) I’m not in Myanmar and I’m not working with ActionAid International. Phew! I’m glad we got that out of the way. Long story short, after many months of emailing with several organizations, plans fell through. So instead I’ve pieced together an even better […]

Helping the helpers in Vijayawada, India

By Jonathan Slakey, MPP Candidate ’15, who is working in Vijayawada, India We’re all human beings, and everyone deserves a chance to live a comfortable life free from the insecurity of finding your next meal or home. That’s what brought me to India, and the Association of Relief Volunteers (ARV).   I’ve been in Vijayawada, India for […]

India: A Bubble About to Burst

By Evelyn Ferreira, MURP ’15 It feels like India is about to burst. If there’s one way to sum up two-weeks’ worth of experiences here, it’s that the country’s cities are beyond capacity. It doesn’t take an urban planner-in training to see that. In Delhi and Hyderabad, the traffic is unbearable. Clouds of black diesel […]

The Adventure Begins

By Marianne Chen, MSW candidate ’15, interning in Shanghai, China  It’s been a week since I arrived in Shanghai and already so much has happened. I hit the ground running less than 24 hours after I got here. Who needs sleep anyway? On my first day, I met Dr. Ji Qing-ying (nationally recognized as one […]

PhD Postcard from Romania

By Sara Pilgreen, Social Welfare PhD candidate A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of presenting my current research at the well-respected EMES European Network of Scholars conference in Timisoara Romania from June 29 through July 2, 2014. There were 35 doctoral students from 19 countries and 17 faculty scholars representing 12 countries. This conference, focusing specifically on […]

Hello again, Zambia

Post by Kana Kudo, MURP candidate ’15, who is in Lusaka, Zambia Lusaka changed immensely in a year! I used to live and work as a planner in Lusaka, Zambia from 2011 to 2013. While working here, I realized the importance of sustainable development and how it could positively affect people’s lives. Therefore, after finishing […]


By Katie Olson-Kenny, MURP candidate ’15, who is in the Philippines I struggled deciding on a topic for this first entry.  It has been one week into my stay in the Philippines, and already so much has happened.  My first jeepney ride certainly counted as a “new experience.”  After all, weaving through traffic, while sitting […]