MICHAEL A. COHEN AWARD
Clara is a Peruvian and US student who has worked previously in Peru and Brazil before coming to The New School. While at SGPIA, she has continued to participate as a Program Associate at the Observatory on Latin America; was a student participant in the Havana Studio in 2018 and in 2019; and focused much of her work on migration and refugees.
Clara was also the Student Speaker for the Spring 2019 Recognition Ceremony. You can read the full speech here.
Agnieszka is originally from Poland and is completing an MS degree with a concentration in Development, and a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. A passionate advocate of gender equality, much of her work at SGPIA focused on exploring different aspects of gender inequality in social institutions and included interactive mapping. She worked for NY Cares and Common Cents. While a student she was the manager of the SGPIA Front Desk, the indispensable person keeping the house in order.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS FACULTY AWARD
Sarah Hutton achieved a notable record of stellar academic work, focusing on fields of food, health, and gender. While a student, she supported the IFP program taking on extraordinary responsibility during the spring semester.
OUTSTANDING THESIS AWARD
“Re-membering the Nation: Constructing National Identity Through Lesotho’s National Museum”
This thesis draws on critical museology, anthropology, propaganda studies and postcolonial frameworks to problematize the opportunities and challenges associated with building Lesotho’s National Museum. The award commends this unique contribution to the study of the role of cultural institutions and social practices in national identity construction.
“A Gendered Analysis of Transportation’s Relationship to Poverty With a Specific Focus on Time Poverty”
Using data from survey conducted in Gauteng, South Africa, this thesis empirically examines how gender inequality affects transportation and poverty with a specific focus on time poverty. The prize recognizes the rigor of analysis, the thorough review of literature in a study that is original and adds research regarding the nexus of gender, transport, and time.
OUTSTANDING RESEARCH PORTFOLIO
“Towards Better Health: Local and Global Consequences of Expanding Private Sector”
The two papers in the portfolio explore the evolving ideas of public and private goods in global health, and how they provide a lens to understanding the changing role of the developmental state.
OUTSTANDING PRACTICUM AWARD
LARISA LUSTIK AND NICOLE VOGT
NYC Co-Lab: “Project Management From a City Government Perspective”
This team spent the semester designing a participatory methodology for the New York City’s Mayor’s Technology Office. They created neighborhood-based partnerships that piloted technology solutions in vulnerable neighborhoods. The client applauded the substantial contribution of the project.
RANIA SALEM MANGANARO, TASNIA MIR, DANIELA PORCELLI, NATALIA VEGA VARELA, JESSIKA MAY SEEKATZ, AND CLARA VON LOEBENSTEIN
UN Relief and Works Agency: “Success Stories of Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals”
This project tells success stories of UNRWA through three short films that document and advocate for UNRWA’s role in Palestinian refugees meeting Sustainable Development Goals in poverty, education, and gender parity. The films show the resilience and agency of Palestinians while also making the case for the value of their client, UNRWA.
Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Cape Town, South Africa
As the Program Officer in the Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation department of the SDI Secretariat in Cape Town, Kirsty will coordinate M&E support to the SDI network, and assist with documentation and shared learnings throughout the network. SDI is a transnational network of urban poor federations in over 30 countries across the Global South that organize around daily savings, profiling and enumerating their settlements.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York City, New York
Seaira will join the FED as a Supervisory Development Associate. Following a short rotational program, she will join the Payments and Market Infrastructure Policy team, which supports Bank cooperative oversight of systemically important payment systems.
Nike World Headquarters, Global Community Impact, Portland, Oregon
Shayna will take up a position as Employee Engagement Manager. Her responsibilities will be to lead advanced employee engagement work in support of Nike, Inc. global community impact goals. She will provide expert level guidance to produce industry-leading initiatives and programs to drive innovation in employee-community engagement.
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), New York City, New York
As the National Communications Director, Abraham develops and implements BAJI’s overall communications strategy nationwide in collaboration with BAJI members and staff. BAJI educates and engages African American and Black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice. BAJI also works to educate policymakers about diverse identities, racism, migration, and globalization.