Student Organizations

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: Alicia Houser, President; Scott Dempsey, Vice President; Christopher Biermann, Director of Finance; Aishwarya Kumar, Director of Events; Natalie Boydston, Director of Communications; Jessica Jankowski, MPA representative; Brittany Satterfield, MID representative; Chelsea Buckwalter, MPIA representative; Sloane Davidson, MPPM representative; Perrie Bell, Part-time student representative; Fiona Gao, International Student representative; and Erin Carbone, 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.

Supported organizations include: 

Continuing Conversations

Continuing Conversations is a student-run group at GSPIA and is open to all faculty, staff and students. Group participants focus on understanding one another’s perspectives and experiences, while fostering their own self-awareness and capacity for empathy. Continuing Conversations are open discussions where all perspectives and experiences are explored and appreciated.

European Horizons

European Horizons is a student-run multidisciplinary thinktank tackling issues pertinent to the European Union. Our goal is to bridge continents through interactions between students, faculty, and policy makers. We have conferences, discussions, and publications.

GSPIA Migration Perspectives

GSPIA Migration Perspectives is a student-led group that engages migration through academic, cultural, and career-based angles. It allows GSPIA to pilot ways to expand its leadership in the topic of migration at Pitt and beyond.

International Student Initiatives

The International Student Initiative (ISI) is a student organization aimed at helping international students who are seeking extracurricular involvement at GSPIA and University of Pittsburgh. Since 2009, ISI has been successful at meeting those needs.

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.

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