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MGS Center for Governance and Sustainability Hosts Ethiopian Delegation
From January 16-20, 2013, a high-level delegation from Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia came to the United States for meetings and discussions. Provost Winston Langley, Chancellor J. Keith Motley, the deans of all academic units on campus, and a number of faculty, staff, and students engaged with the delegation members and affirmed their commitment to a long-term, sustainable partnership.   
MGS Alumni Start Nonprofit to Train Youth Farmers in Ethiopia 
  Eithopia Alumni
Ethiopia is home to one of Africa's largest youth populations. However, more than three quarters of Ethiopian youth have never been to school.  Therefore, many lack the skills to find promising work to create a secure financial future for themselves.

Sisay Zemedkun, an Ethiopian native and UMass Boston alumnus who completed the master's degree in international relations, knows this bleak reality in his homeland and wanted to find a way to help.   
UMass Boston Researchers Develop New Tool to Measure Elder Economic Security
Faculty researchers at the Gerontology Institute created the National Elder Economic Security Index to measure the financial needs of seniors.   

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Matz Shares Expertise on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution at Local Synagogue

David Matz    

For the second time in as many years, David Matz is sharing his insights with members of Temple Israel in Boston.This spring, he will lecture on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. This course will include an all-day session as well as three evening seminars.


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Featured Program


Women's Leadership in a Global Perspective, Graduate Certificate (online)

 WPPP Class  

Earn a graduate certificate online in one year.  This exciting new program offers networking opportunities across the globe, skills development, and career enhancement for women seeking positions in NGOs, government, business and international agencies, and as political entrepreneurs. Apply before April 15.


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Career Corner


Director of Development McCormack Graduate School

(Boston, MA)


Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

UMass Boston  (Boston, MA)


Director, Early Childhood Mental Health Program

(Boston, MA)


Project Coordinator, Public Education Institute, Immigrant Learning Center

(Malden, MA)


Marketing & Communications Intern 

McCormack Graduate School

(Boston, MA)


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Message from MGS Dean Ira A. Jackson



Happy New Year!


January is a time for new beginnings - and that is certainly the case for me as I am pleased and proud to serve as dean at this young, yet vibrant, college.


McCormack and UMass Boston have unique strengths and needs.  The school has a talented faculty, dedicated staff, motivated students, innovative programs, and entrepreneurial centers.  It has a sense of excitement and a track record of achievement.  We are part of a great research university with a teaching soul and a vital mission that combines excellence with access and impact. We are in Boston, a world class city of innovation and ideas. With your help, together we can build on the firm foundation and momentum at the McCormack Graduate School and take it to the next level of excellence and impact. I feel that McCormack is the right school at the right university in the right city at just the right time.


My goals include helping to enhance our reputation, to nurture our faculty, to build a more coherent community within the college, to further develop collaborative partnerships in the local and global communities, to expand our recruitment efforts, to more deeply engage alumni in ongoing activities, and to raise funds to build on our strengths in graduate education and applied research.  


As the semester begins, I look forward to meeting more of you and listen to your suggestions on how to accomplish these goals and your dreams for McCormack.   I welcome and would encourage you to drop me a line or to stop by my office, where you will usually find my door wide open. Especially during these first few months on the job, I need and want your ideas, perspectives, and suggestions. Please consider attending our February 27 College Connections event when I will share my initial impressions of the college, listen to your observations and recommendations at the town meeting, and enjoy your company during the social hour.


I want to thank the McCormack and UMass Boston community for giving me such a warm welcome. The goodwill and dedication of faculty, staff, students, and alumni are tremendous assets, and the commitment to our mission is really quite palpable. My special thanks to Acting Dean Connie Chan for her service and her extraordinary graciousness for which I am deeply grateful, and to our founding dean Steve Crosby, who finds time, even as he chairs the state's Gaming Commission, to offer advice and encouragement.  

Although I still have much to learn about the college and its community, I am certain that Speaker John W. McCormack's legacy is alive and well in the graduate school that bears his name. His commitment to social justice is evident in our local and global educational, research, and service activities.  I promise to bring considerable energy and enthusiasm to make our impact even greater. 


Best regards,

Ira Signature  




Ira A. Jackson


Upcoming Events


Black History Empowerment Recognition Breakfast

February 1, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

McCormack Hall, 3rd floor, Ryan Lounge


Issues in Family Mediation: a talk by Jane Honoroff

February 7, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

Campus Center, 2nd floor, Room 2550B University Dining Club Rear


Women Candidates for Municipal Elected Office: Decisions, Resources, and Structures

February 12, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Campus Center, Room 3540


McCormack Graduate School College Connections: Town Meeting and Spring Reception

February 27, 2013, 4 p.m.

McCormack Hall, 3rd floor, Ryan Lounge


March 4, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Chancellor's Conference Room, Quinn 3rd floor Room 59

March 5, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A


March 28, 2013. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  

Campus Center, 3rd floor, Ballroom

More upcoming events

MeetTheFacultyMeet The Faculty Corner 

Michael Ahn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
 Micahel Ahn 

The primary focus of Ahn's research is the effects of the new information and communication technologies (ICTs) on government performance, accountability, and political dynamics.
Currently he is examining the role of rapidly emerging image-oriented web communication (such as YouTube) on the communication of public policy between citizens and the government. In addition, he is involved in a benchmarking study of the top US MPA and MPP programs as a part of collaborative and comparative research project with Japan.


Recent News and Notes of MGS Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni

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