The John W. McCormack School
of Policy and Global Studies
“Actively Engaged: Seeking Solutions” 
Dean's Message

With Spring Break 2023 fully behind us at the McCormack School, I am pleased to present a mid-semester review of our activities, which have, as usual, been multi-fold—scaling active engagement on campus, in Boston, in the Commonwealth, nationwide, and around the world—as well as impactful in their efforts to solve societal and planetary problems. So far this semester, McCormack’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners continue to demonstrate their remarkable skills and talent as savvy problem-solvers who actively co-engage with the educational initiatives of the School to find solutions to public problems. Read the dean's message here.
McCormack Making a Difference

Representing District 7 residents in Roxbury, Dorchester, Fenway, and parts of the South End, Councilor Fernandes Anderson was elected in November of 2021...

The Africa Scholars Forum at the John W. McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies hosted its third annual Black History in Africa Series event honoring the “internationalist icon” Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The Moakley Chair webinars are a newly-created channel for conversations, organized by Moakley Chair Padraig O’Malley and hosted by the John W. McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies. O’Malley has convened two panels within the past four months related to the war in Ukraine. The first examined the conflict through a psychoanalytic and psychological lens, while the second viewed the war within a political and military framework.
Faculty Spotlight
Student Success

To build an Africa-wide Democracy Network of activists committed to electoral reform across the continent.
Alum Student Success

Panther Alier is the new Executive Director at Smile Again Africa Development Organization (SAADO), a national non-governmental organization in South Sudan...
Donors and Alumni Making Impact  

For Barry Bluestone, Founding Director of one of UMass Boston’s earliest PhD programs, located at the then-McCormack Institute of Public Affairs, the reason for his continued philanthropic support for current UMass Boston students is simple: “My heart is in UMass.” 

A “cherished alum” of the McCormack School returned to the UMass Boston campus on March 10th for a series of conversations with McCormack’s interim Dean Rita Kiki Edozie. A national leader of public higher education herself, Dr. Mary K. Grant, now president of Massachusetts College of Art and Design...
Staff Spotlight
Jamie Tull serves in McCormack’s Dean’s Office as the College Business Coordinator, a plain title that belies the complex range of knowledge, experience, and capabilities the job demands.
Centers Making an Impact 
Marking the start of a new 18-month long fellowship program, the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP) welcomed its fourth cohort of fellows...
As part of its Public Service Brown Bags series, the McCormack Institutes of International and Public Service (MIIPS) hosted a panel titled “Addressing Politically Motivated Hate and Political Violence through Conflict Early Warning” in February.
Upcoming Events
2023 Wood Professorship Lecture with Dahlia Lithwick, JD, recipient of the 2023 Robert C. Wood Visiting Professorship in Public and Urban Affairs

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location(s): Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom B, and live stream on youtube.

2023 Slomoff Lectureship with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Date: April 24, 2023
Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Location(s): UMass Boston Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A or Zoom

DOSS Career Workshops on Academic and Nonacademic Jobs

Date: April 26, 2023
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location(s): Zoom

McCormack Speaks@ WUMB Roundtable Conversation with Cambridge City's Third Term Mayor and McCormack Public Service Fellow, Sumbul Siddiqui

Date: April 28, 2023
Time: 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Location(s): McCormack, 3rd Floor, Room 630 (McCormack Dean's Office)

Policy Across Disciplines Presents Ellen Cassedy

Date: May 1, 2023
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location(s): UMass Boston Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom C or Zoom

Conflict Resolution Master's Project Presentation

Date: May 3, 2023
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Location(s): ISC 3300

International Relations Capstone Presentation

Date: May 4, 2023
Time: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location(s): UMass Boston Campus Center 3540

Africa Scholars Forum Ubuntu Awards

Date: May 19, 2023
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location(s): TBA

McCormack Graduation Awards Ceremony and Reception

Date: May 22, 2023
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location(s): University Hall room 1300or Zoom

Season III: McCormack Speaks @WUMB Radio

Featuring: Tania Fernandes Anderson, Barry Bluestone, Mary Grant, Leonce Ndikumana, and more.

McCormack Graduate School Newsletter
Editorial Board

Rita Kiki Edozie
Adam Mooney
Christopher Graham
Gifty Debordes-Jackson
David Hackett