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David Solan was the keynote speaker

David Solan, Energy Policy Institute Director and Public Policy and Administration faculty member, was the keynote speaker at the annual awards ceremony for the American Society of Civil Engineers, Idaho Chapter. He spoke about rapid changes in how energy is being consumed and produced in the U.S.

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Summer Travel Opportunity – Dominican Republic

Solidarity Immersion in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic!

Monday August 5th – Sunday August 18th  

Schedule available at
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Join student organizers from United Students Against Sweatshops and leaders in the movement for social justice across the Dominican Republic for an unforgettable close-up look at how our global economy and fight for change is woven together!

We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly …before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured. This is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 


What we do:

• Listen and learn directly from the personal stories of organizers at the forefront of the fight for social justice on the ground in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

• Share skills with rad student organizers from around the country who have won campaigns – lots of hands-on workshops, role plays, games, discussions, and campaign planning that will jump-start your organizing into the new semester.

• Have a whole lot of pure, simple, fun, with an amazing community of organizers in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Enjoy the fantastic music and dance scene, the natural beauty, hike, hang out with local families.


● Meet the inspiring leaders of Alta Gracia, the first ever living-wage union-made factory producing college logo apparel. This article in The Nation and this fun video made by United Students Against Sweatshops share the history, or check out this short documentary film.  Come see for yourself how more than a decade of student worker solidarity continues to transform the Free Trade Zone and community of Villa Altagracia.
● Meet workers from Haiti and the Dominican Republic fighting back for their rights on the frontlines of the campaign to hold adidas accountable – more here.

● Gain a first-hand understanding of the bigger picture of human rights in the global economy through direct testimony from organizers in the factories and fields, from garment-industry to Call Centers to agriculture.
● Meet students from all over, feed your creativity, fine-tune your organizing skills and have time to develop your game plans in an inspiring new setting. Build alliances with a network of amazing students from campuses across the country who are fighting for change, just like you!

● Immerse yourself in the local culture with home-stays and hang-out time with families in Villa Altagracia.

● Beaches! Rainforest Rivers! Hikes in the hills of Villa Altagracia! Learn to appreciate Dominican music and dance – Bachata, Merengue, Dembow – with union leaders! Bilingual Karaoke! Cheesy games! Learn to cook delicious Dominican food! Art! Action!

● Stay connected! Plug in to networks that will drive this movement forward when you get home. Whether sharing ideas and advice to help each other out on calls post-trip or meeting up at regional USAS conferences, we stay involved in the labor justice movement post-trip!

COST: $875 for all in-country necessities. Includes food, housing, transport, interpretation, supplies. Does not include airfare, souvenirs, airport entry fee ($10), mandatory basic travel insurance through ISIC card ($22), vaccinations ($50 – $100) and personal entertainment.

NO MONEY? NO PROBLEM! FREE FUNDRAISING WORKSHOPS. We pre-game the trips with lots of skillshares via Google hangouts of how you can raise the money to get you there, even if this would normally be beyond your means. The vast majority of students who have attended Solidarity Immersions have raised their program fees without paying a dime of their personal-money,whetherthrough academic department money (sometimes triple-whammying: funding, credit, and trip), donations from unions and local businesses, letter writing to family and friends, benefit parties, work-trades and other fundraising tactics that we’ll share with each other. We’ll help you get there!

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE.  Working class perspectives are a huge asset to our trip! We can work together to make this happen. If you’re committed to the cause, where there’s a will there’s a way.  Just apply and we will work together from there.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST PAY A NON-REFUNDABLE $250 deposit by July 4th. If you’re a waffler or a flake, that’s a dealbreaker. But if you’re serious, just learned about this yesterday, and really want to go, talk to us. We’re in the business of movement building – not rule or money making. We know students get our best work done last minute – the deadline to join the trip is somewhat flexible if you mean business, so call us.

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Watch a short video about solidarity ignite here.

MPA Alumni in the Eye on Boise spotlight

State parking garage P&Z exemption bill up for hearing in House State Affairs

Jeff Youtz, director of legislative services (and MPA alumni from Boise State University), is presenting SB 1192a, exempting a state parking garage project near the Capitol from Boise city planning and zoning requirements, to the House State Affairs Committee.

Quoted from: The Spokesman-Review Eye On Boise

Emeritus Dr. Janet Mills featured at the Emeritus Guild Fabric Art Show

The Emeritus Guild presented the Emeritus Guild Fabric Art Show on April 4, featuring work of retired faculty and staff from Boise State, including our very own emeritus faculty, Dr. Janet Mills.

All of the artists are members of the Emeritus Guild, an organization that honors those who retire with distinction, and their spouses. Two floors of fabric art were on display, including quilts, art quilts, weavings, fabric collages, cyanotype prints, tatting, crochet, cross stitch and embroidery work.

Some of the artists found their passion only after retirement. They include Jackie Fuller, former administrative assistant and featured quilter at the 2012 Boise Basin Quilt Show. One class in quilting sparked enough interest that she has created more than 150 quilts thus far. Likewise, former professor of public policy and administration Janet Mills began creating fabric collages and art quilts only after her retirement.

Original source: Boise State University Update Your source for campus news

Counties’ Personal Property Tax Bill On Fast Track?

It’s a sign the bill has House Speaker Scott Bedke’s support, according to Boise State University emeritus professor and political analyst Jim Weatherby.  Read more: StateImpact Idaho

Tribal, School Partnerships Key to Native American Student Success

“Building relationships between tribal communities and local school districts is a key step needed to improve Native American student success, according to research by Thaddieus “Tad” Conner, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration.”

Quoted from the UPDATE: Your Source for Campus News.

CONGRATS going out to additional MPA Alumni!

Additional Congratulations to Master of Public Administration alumni, Karianne Fallow, Red Sky Public Relations and Shari Fernandez, Idaho State University, for being amongst hundreds of nominees and recognized with 50 leading Idaho women! Read more about these and other alumni achievements…

Original source: Idaho Business Review, article by Jeanne Huff, published: December 21, 2012

The backdrop to the public lands debate

“An opinion piece penned by John Freemuth, professor of public policy and a fellow at the Andrus Center for Public Policy, ran in the Spokesman Review. Freemuth discussed public lands debate, offering starting points for conversations that might move things in a positive direction.

Quoted from the John Freemuth (31) UPDATE: Your Source for Campus News.
Original source:The Spokesman-Review, Eye on Boise, The backdrop to the public lands debate…

Additional source: High Country News: The Range, Opinion From Around The West

Congratulations to MPA Alumnus, Stacy Pearson!

Congratulations to Master of Public Administration alumnus, Stacy Pearson, for being recognized for the 2013 Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year Award.

Read more:

“Pearson serves as the university’s chief financial officer. She oversees finance and treasury, which includes a $400 million university budget, human resources and information technology, as well as tax and regulatory compliance and environmental health and safety. Pearson recently was appointed to the Capital City Development Corporation Board and is a key representative for the university for many external relations such as with the Idaho Legislature, Governor’s Office and Boise State Foundation.”

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Congratulations to MPA alumnus, Luis Caloca!

Congratulations to Master of Public Administration alumnus, Luis Caloca, for being recognized in the Education section of the weekly BusinessInsider edition.  Luis Calcoa has been named director of admission for the College of Western Idaho (CWI).  Read more in the Feb. 26-Mar. 4, 2013 BusinessInsider edition of the weekly Idaho Statesman magazine publication.

Original source: BusinessInsider, Feb.26-Mar. 4, 2013 edition