Master of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA)

“As Pace University MPA program graduates, we strive to receive the highest quality education that will broaden our career opportunities and provide us with competitive advantages as we seek to establish ourselves as professionals in the practical, challenging, and evolving field of public administration.”

Public administration is an integrative, collaborative field that brings together multiple disciplines to meet public needs through a complex array of public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations. Consequently, those individuals who select to move into this dynamic environment must develop advanced knowledge and skills that will enable them to facilitate meaningful relationships. These relationships will help maximize tools of government to achieve public policies.

Through organized social and community service events, the MPASA seeks to help students in the government, health care, and nonprofit specializations forge meaningful and long-term relationships with professionals already practicing in those fields. These relationships will forge a community of engaged young professionals through a new network that uses technology and social media along with face-to-face social events to facilitate this sense of modern community.

The MPASA creates new opportunities for students to strengthen their leadership, enhance their current professional networks, build civic engagement, and create community with each other, faculty, staff, and senior public managers and officials. The MPASA provides career-related information, tools, and events in the NYC, Westchester and surrounding areas for students, recent graduates, and new and mid-career professionals. Members have a “Common Hour” meeting every month; which serves as an informal gathering place. This “Common Hour” provides opportunities to discuss many of the activities available to members, to share scholastic and professional issues, as well as to share industry news and concerns.

The Association actively recruits members, works to increase its visibility, and to develop strategic partnerships with Pace University Alumni, other Pace organizations, schools and students. The Master of Public Administration Student Association promotes civic engagement and responsibility along with character development among graduates, faculty, staff, and public administrators through joint community service experiences and by engaging in thoughtful discourse with public affairs professionals from a variety of disciplines, and especially members of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Read the latest MPASA Times newsletter

Purpose

The purpose of the Organization is to create activities and events for MPA students with the objectives including but not limited to enhance knowledge, expand competitive strength, broaden networking opportunities, and improve academic, professional, and social programming experiences in the challenging and evolving field of public administration.

The Organization shall operate as a network alliance for MPA students, faculty, administrators, alumni and industry professionals.

Membership, Events and Activities

Every MPA graduate student, active part-time and/or full-time matriculated, is automatically a member and invited to all of our activities. We advertise our events mostly via e-mail and through flyers we post on campus. Eligible students are required to submit a membership application, on a continuous basis, during the academic school year, preferably at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters.

An application can be picked up at the MPA program office or send a request email to Dr. Andy Crosby at acrosby@pace.edu

The association organizes variety of events to help students connect and unite with fellow MPA students as well as enjoy to help enlighten their experience at Pace. Some examples are:

  • MPASA “Common Hour” (at least once a month)
  • Orientation social event—MPASA plans and attends a social gathering for all of the new MPA graduate students at the beginning of every semester
  • Faculty informal forum — few students are invited to meet with some professors for informal discussions about the program
  • Meetings with faculty, staff and the Dean
  • Promotion of the “Capstone Week” every end of the semester
  • MPA Awareness Day every end of the semester

Executive Board 2018-19

President NYC: Angelina Astrouskaya
Vice President NYC: Deepa Jois
Secretary: Caroline Rivera

For more information, please contact:

Tiffany Henley, PhD
Faculty Advisor, Master of Public Administration Student Association
thenley@pace.edu
(212) 346-1877