MPA Students Present at National Event

Five Master of Public Administration (MPA) students represented Saint Peter’s University in a national event sponsored by the international Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration on February 24.

The day-long event simulated how governments might react to an influx of asylum seekers. Henriette Diene ’19, Erica Rodriguez ’19, Talah Hughes ’19, Johanna Soriano ’20 and Devan Tierney ’19 identified benefits that refugees contribute to a host country and then evaluated policies that would facilitate their integration into a host society.

The program tested the students’ skills in addressing a critical real-world crisis. The Saint Peter’s MPA students took on governmental cabinet-level positions and then a simulation determined how their policies affected citizens, the economy and the migrants themselves.