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Environment ·

Environmental Leaders Discuss Next Gen Environmental Regulations for the Modern Era

On May 28, 2020, the SPA Center for Environmental Policy hosted an online forum on environmental regulation and compliance
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Research ·

New Report Reveals Influence of Race in D.C.-Area Residents' Lives

Survey results show racial divide in perceptions about quality-of-life issues among Latinos, blacks, whites and Asians.
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Kevin McAleenan

Achievements ·

Top Homeland Security Officials Support SPA Graduate Student Education

Graduate students in Trace Lasley’s Principles of Homeland Security (GOVT 630) class this spring gained more than a theoretical understanding of the subject matter.
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Research ·

What Do Citizens Think About Government and Nonprofit Services?

A team of five researchers from SPA look at the local metropolitan D.C. area to find out what its citizens think of local government services, nonprofit services, and their benefits.
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Alumni ·

Student-Alumni Connections Go Virtual During COVID-19

As president of a political marketing company he founded while still at American University, a new dad, and now part of the Alumni Board, a typical day for Michael Worley, SPA/BA ’12, is never really typical.
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Achievements ·

MPP Student’s Atypical Journey to Foreign Service Career

Aminata Sy, SPA/MPP ’21, grew up in Senegal and immigrated to the United States in 2001. As she and her husband were raising three children in Philadelphia, Sy volunteered at their school and rediscovered her own passion for learning.
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Internships ·

Ready to Launch: The Power of Mentorships for Jumpstarting Careers

Samantha Miller, a 2019 CAS BA graduate, currently serves as a Community Wildlife Fellow at the National Wildlife Foundation. She was guided to this position after her internship with Dr. Mamie Parker.
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Science ·

Going Remote: Interning in Health Advocacy During COVID-19

Having returned from a semester abroad, SPA student Julianne Kelleher hadn’t planned on securing an internship. When a staff member from the NACCHO visited her health policy class and said they needed one more intern—she knew it was too good to pass up.
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Parents & Families ·

DC Provides Cultural and Historical Connections for AU Students and Families

Sending their son Harrison to AU from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, parents Michael and Amy Ferachi knew AU would provide a high-quality education in a global city. They discovered how integral Washington, DC is to educational and co-curricular opportunities.
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Research ·

Award to Study Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Vendors in Africa

SPA Associate Professor Adrienne LeBas has received the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) award for a project to study the effects of COVID-19 on market vendors in Africa’s largest city, Lagos, Nigeria.
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