Public Management and Policy News

uVenture Competition Engages New Generation of Nonprofit Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs

Georgia State students learned what it takes to be a social entrepreneur during this fall’s uVenture Social Challenge. Each participant engaged in an interdisciplinary experience in creating and proposing innovative solutions to pressing social issues. The winning teams also walked away with prize money.

During the Venture Social Challenge, participants were introduced to many… more »


Amber Slyter

Posted On June 3, 2016

Amber serves as the Academic Specialist for Public Management and Policy. Her duties include student support, instructor support, GRA coordinator, student events coordinator, and course scheduler for the department.


A Typhoon Sets Graduate Student Justin Uhd on Course

Posted On March 21, 2016 by Mary Chase Mize, College of Education and Human Development

Two weeks after he took the California bar exam, Justin Uhd flew from Los Angeles to Atlanta to begin pursuing his lifelong dream of humanitarian service.

Uhd came to Georgia State University in the fall of 2012 to participate in its Peace Corps Master’s International Program. After completing a year of coursework for his master… more »

AYSPS Participates in Federal Initiative to Train Young Leaders from Across Africa

In August, 500 of the African continent’s most promising young professionals convened in the nation’s capital to be saluted by President Barack Obama. Those being recognized were participants in the president’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (MWF-YALI).

In his address, President Obama acknowledged the work of Kadija Diallo, a fellow from Guinea.… more »

Race Influences the Discipline of Students in Segregated Communities

Posted On January 26, 2016 by Perri Campis, MPP Student

Students in segregated school systems are less likely to experience harsh disciplinary action if their teachers reflect their racial makeup, according to new research out of the Andrew Young School. This finding may be particularly important to schools with large African American populations.

“Literature has shown over and over that African American students are disciplined… more »

Alumnus Examines Concept of Philanthropy in New Documentary

Posted On January 15, 2016 by Marcia Jones Cross

AYSPS alumnus Salvatore Alaimo was in Atlanta in Nov. 3, 2015, for the screening of his recently produced documentary, “What is Philanthropy?” at the Loudermilk Center in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Alaimo is an associate professor of nonprofit management at Grand Valley State University’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration in Grand Rapids,… more »

Student Activist Fights HIV/AIDS

Posted On October 14, 2015 by Jeremy Craig

Masonia Traylor advocates for education to end the AIDS epidemic

When Masonia Traylor learned she was positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the grief she experienced stopped her in her tracks.

“It was extremely traumatizing and devastating,” she said. “It caused me to be extremely disappointed in myself, and it actually caused me… more »

CARE Intern Works Towards Gender Equality in Malawi

For eight weeks over the summer, second-year MPA student Melissa Jennings interned for CARE International’s Pathways to Empowerment Program in Malawi. Jennings worked primarily on the midpoint evaluation of the five-year program, which uses the teaching of improved agricultural techniques as a tool for empowering women.

“Working abroad is really exciting because of… more »