THE GPA BLOG

How Globalization Impacts the Practice of Social Work

By Yesenia Garcia MSW ’19 Social workers have a diverse set of skills including crisis management, cultural understanding, comparative social policy analysis, program management and research. These unique skill sets make social workers a perfect match for international work. With the expanding markets in the global humanitarian industry creating a growing demand for diverse professionals, […]

Alumna Chat with Christina Callegari (MSW ’18)

Global Public Affairs at UCLA Luskin continued its spring alumni professional development conversation series on May 14th by welcoming Christina Callegari “back to campus” to discuss her path since leaving Luskin. Christina currently serves as a Program Associate for International Programs at the Conrad N Hilton Foundation. In this role, Christina manages grants related to […]

A Conversation with Stacy Edgar

On April 16th, Global Public Affairs (GPA) at UCLA Luskin hosted a virtual informational interview with Stacy Edgar, a UCLA alum and current international development practitioner. The Zoom call consisted of a small group of Luskin students with Stacy, and took the form of an interesting discussion about career paths, lifestyle choices, and taking advantage […]

An Alumni Q&A with Meghan Corroon MURP ’08

The following interview is an edited Q & A with Luskin alumna Meghan Corroon (MURP 2008). Meghan Corroon is the CEO and Founder of Lumen Design Group where she works with businesses, foundations, and impact investors to translate data into smarter decisions. Prior to starting her own company, Meghan spent over nine years at the […]

Complexities and Opportunities in Global Public Health

By Chris Odell, MPP ’11 Public health is complicated; really complicated. Government, private sector, and social systems all interact with massive international market forces – hopefully informed by science and research – to literally save lives and prevent suffering. In the past 30 years this field has seen some amazing successes – twice as many […]

“Learning While Doing” at a Social Business Think Tank in Thailand

By Robert Gibbons, MPP ’20 My time working abroad this summer was a deeply rewarding and highly educational experience. The opportunity to engage in meaningful work in South East Asia allowed me to learn about the region’s nonprofit and NGO culture while also offering a chance to build my network by interacting with seasoned international […]

Rooted in Humanity

By Brenda Torres, MSW ’20 Medellin is a beautiful city in Colombia famously known as the land of eternal spring and known for beautiful landscapes, amazing coffee, and the kind and proud paisas that live there. I had the pleasure of calling this city home for two months this summer as I interned at the […]

Women’s Land Rights and Coalition Building in Tanzania

By Jesslyn Mitchell-Laguna, MPP ’20 This summer I had the pleasure of working for Landesa Tanzania building a coalition for Women’s Land Rights, connecting a global campaign to local initiatives. Dar Es Salaam, the coastal city in east Africa where Landesa opened their first regional office, is a historical and beautiful place to spend the […]

Bringing Visibility to Homeless Individuals in Medellin, Colombia

By Patricia Santamaria, MSW ’20 This summer, I was granted the opportunity to complete an international internship at a non-profit organization named Fundación Visibles in Medellin, Colombia. Fundación Visibles is committed to bringing visibility to the issue of homelessness in Medellin, as well as creating an awareness for the needs of disadvantaged populations in the […]

Mexico City: Planning for Transportation Equity

By Liliana Morales, MURP ’20 When deciding where I would intern this summer, I knew that working in my native Mexico would significantly shape my internship experience as a Chicana student. Even though I grew up in the U.S., I maintained a close connection to family in Mexico, continued our cultural traditions, and primarily spoke […]

An MSW in Medellín

By Mariana Campiño Ruiz, MSW ’20 I had the blessing of being born in a country full of contrasts, full of folklore, full of beauty. A country that has an extensive history of violence, pain and injustice and, despite this, portrays an incomparable joy. I am a proud Colombian. I say that statement with all […]

Social Justice-Oriented Social Work in Bogotá

By Olivia Miller, MSW ’20 Bogotá, the Colombian capital of 10 million habitants, is a diverse city. And yet here, many languages are shared – ones born of fights for justice, of generations of discrimination, of forced displacement, of a 50-year civil war. Here, the word “diversity” is not a token term for inclusivity but […]