GSPIA student organizations provide students with opportunities to enhance their professional development, network with colleagues, promote intellectually stimulating activities outside of the classroom—and have fun in the process.
The GSPIA Student Cabinet, elected each December for a one-year term that begins the following January, manages a substantial budget, organizes various events, and meets regularly with the Dean to provide feedback on the functioning of the School and discuss new initiatives. Cabinet members include: Jessica Smith, President; Adame Frances, Vice President; Michaela Lies, Director of Finances; Aileen St. Leger, Director of Events; Taylor Stessney, Director of Communications; Molly Kestner, MPA representative; Emily Francis, MID representative; Matthew Davenport, MPIA representative; Wesley Vaina, MPPM representative/part-time student representative; (Open position), International Student representative; and Cesar Cedeño, PhD representative.
The Editorial Team for the Annual GSPIA Issue of the Pitt Policy Journal solicits, edits, and publishes articles by GSPIA students on a wide range of topics related to political affairs and public policy. This year’s editorial team is headed by Tyler O'Daniel and Elizabeth Bell.
Organizations Supported by the GSPIA Fund for Student Initiatives (FSI)
The FSI is intended to encourage the formation of student-led organizations at GSPIA. Organizers may propose to allocate funds for guest speakers, film series, training workshops, luncheon debates, group recreational activities, or group trips to Washington for professional and academic development. This list is not exhaustive; other ideas for activities are welcome. Activities and events are expected to be open to all interested GSPIA students. Funding is allocated in a competition managed jointly by the Student Cabinet and the Dean.
Student Research/Working Groups
Many GSPIA students are engaged in research projects with the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Ford Institute for Human Security, the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, the Center for Disaster Management and the Innovation Clinic (focused on urban affairs and local government). For details, click here.