By Melissa Burgess
The Green School officially welcomed the new Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MAGA) class of 2019 this past week.
MAGA hosted an orientation and dinner reception for the new cohort of students beginning the program this fall.
“Every year, I am amazed at the remarkable achievements of our MAGA students and graduates and the opportunities they are able to pursue as a result of this program,” said John F. Stack, Jr., founding dean of the Green School. “We encourage and develop leaders who will certainly change the world.”
MAGA is a two-year professional graduate program in international affairs that offers tracks in global risk, globalization and society and corporate responsibilities. The program is taught by faculty with experience in global organizations, agencies and companies.
“What’s most important to me as the Dean is the learning environment we create that allows for close interaction with our faculty, as well as personal attention and assistance to help [students] advance in [their] careers,” said Stack. “Our goal is to lift, encourage and inspire our students.”
David Kramer, former senior director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute for International Leadership and now a senior fellow for the Green School, was one of the key speakers at the reception. Kramer shared his past experiences as a student and encouraged students in the program to pursue a career in government.
“Government service is a fantastic opportunity and I encourage [students] to take advantage of that,” said Kramer. “It’s an opportunity to represent one’s country, to represent principles and values on which we were founded.”
Students also gained valuable academic and career advice during the reception from Kramer, as he encouraged them to continue to focus on their studies and be open minded about their future.
“Be open to new possibilities and opportunities,” said Kramer. “Make the best of it and put your heart into everything that you do. It’s not to be complacent, but don’t be so rigid about your plans and your life. Have a rough idea about what you want to do, but be open to opportunities as they come along. Be open-minded, be active and stick by your values and principles and respect others.”