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SPA Graduate Council

SPA Graduate Council

Mission Statement

The School of Public Affairs' Graduate Student Council ensures that SPA graduate students receive a well-rounded experience at American University by providing opportunities to serve, network, and develop both academically and professionally amongst our peers, faculty and in the greater Washington public affairs arena. Additionally, we aim to advocate for the expressed concerns and needs of the student body to ensure all desires are met and or at least addressed by the AU administration.

About Us

The GSC is comprised of three committees: the Community Service Committee, the Social Committee, and the Academic Affairs Committee. Additionally three department student representatives set on the council to ensure that the individual departmental needs are addressed.

The Council is currently looking to fill the positions of student representatives for each department (GOV, JLC, DPAP) and Chair for each committee. If you are interested in getting involved please email

The SPA GSC Executive Board

President, Liz Mariapen
Vice President, Alex Van Hook
Chief of Staff, Katrina Ballard
Director of Finance, Shawn Stern
Director of Communication, Sarah Dice

The Public Purpose-
The Interdisciplinary Journal of American University's School of Public Affairs

The Public Purpose is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal presenting the work of graduate students from the SPA Departments of Government; Justice, Law, and Criminology; and Public Administration and Policy. Founded in 2003,The Public Purpose is supported by the SPA Graduate Council, with involvement and guidance of SPA faculty. More information can be found at the Public Purpose website.

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