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MGS Staff Member Honored for Mentorship

Ronni Lipton DanMoriarty 

Roni Lipton, associate director of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, received the award for Outstanding Mentoring. 



Hardy-Fanta Retires as Director of Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

Carol Hardy-Fanta   

After a career of almost 20 years at UMass Boston and serving as director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPP) since 2001, Carol Hardy-Fanta has retired from the university.   



Illinois program will counsel residents about employer-sponsored retirement plans


The Pension Action Center of the Gerontology Institute has recently expanded to serving retirees in Illinois who have questions about their traditional pensions, 401(k) plans, or other employer-sponsored retirement plans.


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Dialogue-driven Conference Tackles Ocean and Climate Change


Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security (CIOCS), hosted the first Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GC '12) brought together hundreds of participants from 16 countries and multiple sectors to investigate How will climate changes like rising sea level, flooding, destruction of natural ecosystems, and others disrupt communities around the world and impact national policies.   


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Message from MGS Acting Dean   

"It's the summer, the days are long and there is time to savor an extra iced tea or two on the patio.  At UMASS Boston, summer is a time to recharge - but also a time of reflection and planning for our next year.  On June 1, the McCormack Graduate School was proud to confer 4 doctoral degrees, 68 master's degrees, and 20 graduate certificates to our spring graduating students.  We are also proud to announce that three of our faculty achieved milestones this academic year:  Associate Professors Edward Miller of Gerontology and Sam Barkin of Human Security and Global Governance were awarded tenure by the UMASS Boston Board of Trustees, and Christian Weller of Public Policy and Public Affairs was promoted to the rank of Professor.  Congratulations to all of you on your achievements.


In early summer each year, each college submits annual reports on our accomplishments from the past academic year.  I am so proud to share a sample of them with you - they portray McCormack's local impact as well as our expanding global footprint. Padraig O'Malley, our Moakley Chair of Peace and Reconciliation, hosted the Boston Symposium on Arms Trade Treaty. Our PhD program in Human Security and Global Governance received approval and accepted its inaugural class. The Edward J. Collins, Jr., Center for Public Management expanded its staff and increased its revenues 330% to nearly $6M as it assisted local governments with performance management and executive hiring processes.  The Commonwealth Compact launched its Talent Network to increase the visibility of and access to professionals of color.  And we hosted numerous conferences and workshops on civil discourse, diversity in public administration, governance and sustainability, oceans and climate, peace and reconciliation, and other important policy and global topics.


We are already planning for the coming year -- check out the exciting workshops, events, and conferences.  They are designed not only for graduate students but also for international scholars, researchers and policymakers. I hope you will join us for some of our McCormack events in the Fall.  Until then, enjoy the summer and its many delights."


Best regards,

Connie Signature



Connie S. Chan

Acting Dean and Professor

Upcoming Events


"Designing Global Governance for Sustainability Conference"

September 21, 2012 3:30PM

University of Massachusetts Club

225 Franklin Street, Boston 


Center for Social Policy 20th Anniversary Celebration 

Honoring Leaders in Social and Economic Justice

October 17, 2012, 5:30PM

UMass Boston Campus Center 


"Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas" Ninth Bienniel Graduate Student Conference 

October 19, 2012, 9:00AM-5:00PM

Campus Center


Please see all our upcoming events



Career Corner


PACT Dropout Recovery and Prevention Specialist Boston Public Schools (Boston, MA)





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