Get Involved with the Student Advisory Committee, by David Morar
April 14, 2015 01:43 PM
Well, hello there APPAM member, or random stranger that just happened to find this blog post. My name is David Morar and I am, among other things, a third year PhD student with George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (long name, I know). I study Science and Technology Policy and Governance, I’m a big fan of almost anything that’s covered in chocolate, I’m originally from Romania (as in, born and raised) and I am a closeted comedy nerd. But enough about me (as a person), and more about me (as an APPAM student leader).
I am the inaugural chair of the newly formed Student Advisory Committee (or, if you’re a fan of alphabet soup names, SAC). The SAC is part of APPAM’s continued focus on its student members, a new and direct way to solicit input and ideas from the Association’s graduate student population. Joining me on this maiden voyage of the SAC are five excellent peers from both Masters and PhD programs, at institutions located in the Washington DC area and around the nation.
My fellow members on the SAC are Cassie Boles, a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Nick Hart, third year, part-time PhD student at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, Rebecca Myerson, a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Spence Purnell, in his second semester of the M.P.A. Policy Analysis program at Florida State University, and Katie Vinopal, a fourth year PhD student in Public Administration and Policy at American University. With diverse interests, backgrounds and career goals, we hope to bring our own different perspective to the SAC and to proudly represent the broader APPAM student community.
The SAC is not just a fancy sounding committee that exists just for the sake of it existing. We’re interested in making a positive change for the students that are APPAM members (and if you’re a policy or administration student reading this and you’re not a member, you should totally consider joining). We are working with APPAM’s awesome staff in expanding networking opportunities for students, both geographically and based on subject matter, beyond the conference setting; in making the conferences easier to attend for students, and in multiplying the student-centric opportunities at the conferences. Hopefully you’ll all see results soon.
In addition to steering the SAC, I’ve also been chosen to serve as the student advisor to the Strategic Planning Committee. Thus, as APPAM prepares for a new chapter under the 2016-2019 strategic plan and beyond, the voice of its student members is reflected in the final document.
In both of my new positions within APPAM, I will strive to keep the needs and desires of the student community as my primary concern. To that end, if you are a student member and have a broader concern that the SAC can tackle, or something that you would like to see as part of the new strategic plan, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless you want to tell me that chocolate is not the best thing ever, because at that point I know you’re just full of lies. I am always just an email away and will make sure whatever your non-chocolate issue is, APPAM is listening.