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Candace Gibson
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International Development Program Student Association

 The mission of the International Development Program Student Association (IDPSA) is to support, inspire, and foster the growth of innovative and progressive future international development practitioners who seek to advance people-centered development by linking critical inquiry with community action.

 Every graduate student enrolled in the International Development Program is a member of the IDPSA and can participate in its activities. It is led by the IDPSA Executive Board who are elected by the IDP student body. Descriptions of the Executive Board positions can be found here.


2015/2016 IDPSA Executive Board:

President- Alana McGinty

Vice-President- Elizabeth Moore

Treasurer- Betsy Nolan

Communications Chair- Ashley Holst

Student/Faculty Liaison- Marla Larrave

Friday Forum Coordinators- Iryna Casteel, Monica Ellebracht, Salem Lemma

Social Chairs- Amanda Whatley, Leighton Clark

Alumni Liaisons- Franchesca Melendez, Meredith Feenstra

Community Service Chair- James Genovese


Fall 2015/Spring 2016 Friday Forum Schedule:

All Friday Forums will be held in the Abramson Family Founders Room on the terrace level of SIS from 5:30-6:30 PM.

September 18: IDP Faculty Research Panel

September 25: Environment & Sustainable Agriculture: Development in Practice

October 2: IDP Alumni Career Panel

October 23: New Trends in Development

November 13: Urban Development & the District of Columbia

January 29: Sustainable Development in the Amazon

February 5: How Corruption Threatens International Development: A Discussion with Sarah Chayes

February 12: A Discussion with Tinker Walker Fellows

February 19: The Role of Gender in ISIS and the Middle East

February 26: Diversity & Inclusion in International Development

March 18: Enterprise & Starting Your Own Organization





Skills Institutes

Intensive three-day courses, training students in state-of-the-art international development techniques

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Tinker-Walker Fellowships

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Through the Irene Tinker-Millidge Walker Fellowship, students can receive financial support to offset the costs of including overseas field experience in their research, internship, or practicum.

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