Since its founding in 2009, the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University has expanded from offering degrees only in political science and global studies to now offering degrees in political science, global studies, politics and the economy, global security and political psychology. Soon, the school will also be offering a master’s degree in international affairs and leadership.
Thanks to the support of donors, alumni and stakeholders, the school has continued its growth and expansion of academic offerings and exciting research projects.
To assist with guiding those efforts, the School of Politics and Global Studies has recently formed the SPGS Advisory Board made up of community members and alumni.
The board provides linkages to the broader community, gives the school insight into how to better prepare students for a changing world and brings new ideas to the school’s leadership.
“I’m really excited about the phenomenal group that we have assembled,” said Magda Hinojosa, director and professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies. “Our SPGS Advisory Board members are exceptionally talented and dynamic individuals.”
The SPGS Advisory Board is currently made up of a diverse group of 12 individuals with backgrounds such as education, law, policy, public service and business. Many from the group have already given back to the university both financially and through service.
“The School of Politics and Global Studies is accomplishing incredibly important work in many facets of global politics and global diplomacy,” board member Mario Diaz said. “To be part of Dr. Hinojosa’s vision for the school is an opportunity I could not pass.”
Many of the board members have volunteered for years with the school, assisting with internship programs and events. As a student, board member Ryan Sullivan informed the school's administration of a Teach English in Korea program, which covered costs and provided a monthly stipend.
“Ryan Sullivan brought this fantastic opportunity to SPGS, and we were able to implement it as an international internship opportunity,” senior coordinator Gisela Grant said. “The individual monetary value to each student was easily in the $3,000 range. The program was housed in SPGS for three consecutive years with more than 60 students participating and benefitting.”
On Feb. 23, the board held its first virtual meeting where School of Politics and Global Studies administration, faculty and staff gave a brief overview of some of the school’s programs and initiatives.
“I am very much looking forward to contribute in the area of mentorship and to give guidance to students in SPGS,” Diaz said. “I was very fortunate to have had mentors during my time as a student at ASU, and giving back to current and future students is a commitment I will enjoy.”
The group will continue to meet quarterly to strategize and discuss the development of new initiatives.
“The new ideas and support that our advisory board bring are essential for SPGS to continue to succeed in carrying out our teaching and research missions,” Hinojosa said. “I’m deeply moved by their willingness to give of their time and energy in order to be of service to SPGS.”
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