GPA was pleased to host Marc Hanson and hear about his experiences and perspectives on current U.S. policy on Central America and Cuba

Applications Open for Spring Break Trip to Washington D.C.

March 27-30

To apply, please request an application by emailing

Applications are due Feb 23

Background on potential organizational meetings

The International Practice Pathway of the Global Public Affairs program is sponsoring its third annual spring break trip to Washington, DC.  The purpose of this trip is to provide Luskin students with the opportunity to meet with a range of professionals working in different aspects of global public affairs.  The trip will include the opportunity to meet with a number of Luskin and other UCLA alumni who work in international affairs.

There will also be a reception hosted by a Luskin alum and to which other alumni and relevant professional contacts will be invited.

Students interested in the program should submit an application to GPA. There will be approximately five $200 stipends awarded to support some of the costs of the trip.  The award is provided after the student has completed the trip.  Students who take part in the trip are expected to contribute at least one blog within two weeks of their return.

Travel planning:  flights go up in costs, and it is sometimes less expensive to fly to Baltimore rather than Dulles or National.  Students have reduced costs by staying with friends, staying outside the center of DC and by reaching out to alumni contacts.

Meeting preparation Note:  You should be prepared to ask questions in any meeting regarding the professional career paths of the individuals with whom you are meeting.  The one and only subject that you cannot raise is to specifically ask about employment for yourself.  You are very encouraged to ask how the organization seeks out new employees, and what they look for in younger professionals.

Climate Change Talk with Duane Muller

GPA invited former U.S. climate change negotiator Duane Muller to talk about her experience and perspective on working on climate change policy in US and internationally. After a 20-year government career serving at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Energy, and for the U.S. Congress, Duane Muller returned to her home state of California in late in 2014. An experienced public policy professional, Duane has worked in over 20 countries and is a recognized climate change capacity building expert and a Contributing Author and Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report.   In recent years, she has provided consulting services to organizations such as USAID, Training Resources Group, the California Women’s Law Center, and the Southern California Grantmakers where she advises her clients on strategic communications, public policy effectiveness, and advocacy efforts. Duane received her Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs, and German, from Occidental College.

New Global Faculty Panel

GPA was pleased to welcome Luskin’s four new globally oriented faculty to a panel discussion, and ask about their research projects and how their work fits into the larger picture of global public affairs.

Dr. Darin Christensen, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Dr. Kian Goh, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Dr. Leyla Karimli, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare
Dr. Zachary C. Steinert-Threlkeld, Assistant Professor of Public Policy