IDPSA International Development Program Student Association

The mission of the International Development Program Student Association (IDPSA) is to support, inspire, and foster the growth of innovative and progressive future international development practitioners who seek to advance people-centered development by linking critical inquiry with community action. Every graduate student enrolled in the International Development Program is a member of the IDPSA and can participate in its activities. It is led by the IDPSA Executive Board who are elected by the IDP student body. - President: Lester Asamoah - Vice President: Krista Bustamante - Communications Chair: Brittany Scalise - Community Service Chair: Johanna Fedorovsky - Treasurer: Sherelle Moore - Social Chairs: Christine Sayoc and Walter Levia - Student-Faculty: Katie Turner - Student Alumni Liaison: Steffie Schwier - Friday Forum Coordinators: Barbara Long, Kaja Wold, and Kaileen McGourty

Mark your calendars for IDPSA Friendsgiving on Friday, November 22nd - https://mailchi.mp/9290a21aec75/come-to-our-first...
11/14/2019
Mark your calendars for IDPSA Friendsgiving on Friday, November 22nd

Mark your calendars for IDPSA Friendsgiving on Friday, November 22nd - https://mailchi.mp/9290a21aec75/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-this-friday-at-sis-2639217

It is the time of year when we enjoy the changing color of the leaves, the majestic beauty of fall, and of course everyone's favorite: the arctic wind chill. As we all know, it is friends and family that bring the warmth back to the season. In that spirit, we have decided to plan a Friendsgiving ev...

Reminder: Come to tomorrow's Student-Alumni Happy Hour! - https://mailchi.mp/a99f9824776b/come-to-our-first-friday-forum...
11/08/2019
Reminder: Come to tomorrow's Student-Alumni Happy Hour!

Reminder: Come to tomorrow's Student-Alumni Happy Hour! - https://mailchi.mp/a99f9824776b/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-this-friday-at-sis-2635173

Want to know what it takes to work in international development or tips about good places to work? You may even find that one of our friendly alums works somewhere you are interested in! As always, we your faithful IDPSA crew will be there to wade in the revelry and donate tips with tales of sple...

Get all the tips and tricks this Friday: Student Alumni Happy Hour. - https://mailchi.mp/793de20df796/come-to-our-first-...
11/05/2019
Get all the tips and tricks this Friday: Student Alumni Happy Hour.

Get all the tips and tricks this Friday: Student Alumni Happy Hour. - https://mailchi.mp/793de20df796/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-this-friday-at-sis-2632273

Who better to tell you how and how much (respectively) than AU's International Development program's own alumni! Learn the techniques these grads used when finding places to work, and also how they leveraged their  skills and degree. Perhaps one of them even works for an organization you are inter...

[Room Correction] Topic this Friday Forum: Social Enterprise in International Development - https://mailchi.mp/539c6402b...
10/31/2019
[Room Correction] Topic this Friday Forum: Social Enterprise in International Development

[Room Correction] Topic this Friday Forum: Social Enterprise in International Development - https://mailchi.mp/539c6402befa/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-this-friday-at-sis-2629433

Come this Friday to the Friday Forum to find answers to these questions, pose your own, and so much more! Join Social Enterprise professors Stephanie Fischer, Nancy Sachs and Robert Tomasko (with alumni Rebecca Villalobos) as they lead a panel discussion about the opportunities in social enterpris...

[Room Correction] Topic this Friday Forum: Social Enterprise in International Development - https://mailchi.mp/d7ce62231...
10/27/2019
[Room Correction] Topic this Friday Forum: Social Enterprise in International Development

[Room Correction] Topic this Friday Forum: Social Enterprise in International Development - https://mailchi.mp/d7ce62231156/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-this-friday-at-sis-2625881

Come this Friday to the Friday Forum to find answers to these questions, pose your own, and so much more! Join Social Enterprise professors Stephanie Fischer, Nancy Sachs and Robert Tomasko (with alumni Rebecca Villalobos) as they lead a panel discussion about the opportunities in social enterpris...

Topic this Friday Forum: Social Enterprise in International Development - https://mailchi.mp/91308b8e9a1b/come-to-our-fi...
10/27/2019
Topic this Friday Forum: Social Enterprise in International Development

Topic this Friday Forum: Social Enterprise in International Development - https://mailchi.mp/91308b8e9a1b/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-this-friday-at-sis-2625865

Come this Friday to the Friday Forum to find answers to these questions, pose your own, and so much more! Join Social Enterprise professors Stephanie Fischer, Nancy Sachs and Robert Tomasko (with alumni Rebecca Villalobos) as they lead a panel discussion about the opportunities in social enterpris...

Join IDPSA for a morning of getting dirty and pulling invasive vines out from a forest stand! We are partnering with our...
10/15/2019

Join IDPSA for a morning of getting dirty and pulling invasive vines out from a forest stand! We are partnering with our eco-buddies, Little Falls Watershed Alliance. Brunch afterwards (location TBD).

Meet at 930AM, Bethesda Metro (red line), Saturday Oct. 26

Call Colleen if lost: 484.892.0467

Mark your Calendars for Fri, Nov. 8th and block off a chunk at night for the Student Alumni Happy Hour. Alumni are great...
10/08/2019

Mark your Calendars for Fri, Nov. 8th and block off a chunk at night for the Student Alumni Happy Hour. Alumni are great resources for tips and networking tools!

Come to Friday Forum tomorrow and post-forum Happy Hour! It'll be full of thought provoking discourse, passionate revelr...
10/03/2019

Come to Friday Forum tomorrow and post-forum Happy Hour! It'll be full of thought provoking discourse, passionate revelry, and adult libations!

(No longer sure if I'm taking about the forum or the HH)

530-7PM. SIS300. October 4th (tomorrow!)

Come to our first Friday forum, this Friday at SIS! - https://mailchi.mp/7883b8ad3517/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-thi...
10/03/2019
Come to our first Friday forum, this Friday at SIS!

Come to our first Friday forum, this Friday at SIS! - https://mailchi.mp/7883b8ad3517/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-this-friday-at-sis-2432857

Hear great thoughts. Meet cool people. Ask intriguing questions. Drink the free drinks. Then go to Happy Hour after and try out some of those wonderful  conversation starters; Here is a freebie: What four people (dead or alive) would you invite to your last dinner on Earth? Not bad, eh? So the eve...

Come to our first Friday forum, this Friday at SIS! - https://mailchi.mp/9350951db54d/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-thi...
10/01/2019
Come to our first Friday forum, this Friday at SIS!

Come to our first Friday forum, this Friday at SIS! - https://mailchi.mp/9350951db54d/come-to-our-first-friday-forum-this-friday-at-sis

To those who have not yet experienced one of these, you must come. It is a cauldron of great thought, mixed perspectives, and informed analysis. This is a great opportunity to also meet some of SIS's esteemed Faculty. Whether you come prepared with questions or sit and listen, you will be involved i...

Thanks to all for coming out and making this picnic great. We hope to see you at the next event!
09/21/2019

Thanks to all for coming out and making this picnic great. We hope to see you at the next event!

Come join the first ever IDPSA and GEPPSA joint-program-picnic!(that actually might not be true...)Bring a lunch (to sha...
09/18/2019

Come join the first ever IDPSA and GEPPSA joint-program-picnic!

(that actually might not be true...)

Bring a lunch (to share or not) and something to sit on (same sharing thing applies). Acoustic guitars and puppies also welcome.

Meet at Smithsonian Metro Exit (OR-BL-SV) at 11am!

A Warm Welcome from IDPSA - https://mailchi.mp/ecb00f65f518/a-warm-welcome-from-idpsa
09/12/2019
A Warm Welcome from IDPSA

A Warm Welcome from IDPSA - https://mailchi.mp/ecb00f65f518/a-warm-welcome-from-idpsa

Dear Students, On behalf of the International Development Program Student Association (IDPSA,) I would like to welcome you to American University and to the ID/DM Programs! I serve as the IDPSA president and I am joined by eleven other dedicated students who serve on the executive board. We're reall...

Swing by and say hi! 830pm at Emissary in Dupont. We reserved the middle bar :)
09/05/2019

Swing by and say hi! 830pm at Emissary in Dupont. We reserved the middle bar :)

Free food tomorrow in the Founders Room in SIS buildings basement!6 to 8pm!Come meet your IDPSA team!(And there's a Happ...
09/05/2019

Free food tomorrow in the Founders Room in SIS buildings basement!

6 to 8pm!

Come meet your IDPSA team!

(And there's a Happy Hour after!)

We are very excited to announce next year's IDPSA Leadership Board! Congratulations to all :) We cannot wait to see the ...
04/15/2019

We are very excited to announce next year's IDPSA Leadership Board! Congratulations to all :) We cannot wait to see the kind of events these amazing and dedicated students will create next year!

Friends! Mark your calendars: IDPSA & GEP are teaming up to host our spring Friday Forum, next Friday March 29, 6-7:30 p...
03/19/2019

Friends! Mark your calendars: IDPSA & GEP are teaming up to host our spring Friday Forum, next Friday March 29, 6-7:30 pm. We will talk about environmental democracy and how we as future development practitioners can integrate this idea into our practice! Free food will be provided :D

If you haven’t signed up for the site visits this week, there is still time to do so! Email Paula at ps9248a@american.ed...
11/13/2018

If you haven’t signed up for the site visits this week, there is still time to do so! Email Paula at [email protected] if you would like to join!

Come discuss refugees, migration, and conflict tomorrow in the ID lounge, and get caffeinated while you’re at it. 😉☕️ Al...
11/12/2018

Come discuss refugees, migration, and conflict tomorrow in the ID lounge, and get caffeinated while you’re at it. 😉☕️ All are welcome, so tell your friends.

Thanks to all who celebrated Friendsgiving with us today. Thankful for all of you. 💕🦃
11/11/2018

Thanks to all who celebrated Friendsgiving with us today. Thankful for all of you. 💕🦃

Our ID students are changing the world in many ways, but today they’re changing it with their votes. Good vibes to all w...
11/07/2018

Our ID students are changing the world in many ways, but today they’re changing it with their votes. Good vibes to all who voted! #IDPSAvotes #AUvotes #vote #makechange @americanuniversity @au_sis @ Washington, District of Columbia

It’s that time of year! Join your ID family for a Friendsgiving potluck next weekend! Bring your favorite dish or bevera...
11/05/2018

It’s that time of year! Join your ID family for a Friendsgiving potluck next weekend! Bring your favorite dish or beverage! #friendsgiving #IDPSA #allthefoods

Hey mentors! Grab your mentee and grab a beer on Thursday night. We’ve all been working hard this semester, so let your ...
10/31/2018

Hey mentors! Grab your mentee and grab a beer on Thursday night. We’ve all been working hard this semester, so let your hair down whydontcha. See you at Tenley Bar! #happyhour #studentparty #IDPSA

Hey everyone! It’s a #MeetYourIDPSA Monday! Do y’all know Sercan (Sir John💂🏻‍♀️) Oktay? He’s our Graduate Student Counci...
10/29/2018

Hey everyone! It’s a #MeetYourIDPSA Monday! Do y’all know Sercan (Sir John💂🏻‍♀️) Oktay? He’s our Graduate Student Council Rep. also:
He’s from İstanbul, Turkey
His concentration is Economics
His dream job is to be a journalist
And he’s been to 15+ metal concerts 🧟‍♂️
#nowyouknow #idpsa #austudents @americanuniversity @au_sis

Hey friends! Have y’all met Natalia Cañas? She’s our First Year Liaison, so you should! What else, you ask? She’s from B...
10/25/2018

Hey friends! Have y’all met Natalia Cañas? She’s our First Year Liaison, so you should! What else, you ask?
She’s from Bucaramanga, Colombia
Her concentration is monitoring & evaluation
Her dream job is to be an international food critic (nom nom)
AND she speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese (yup, she’s that cool).
#nowyouknow #MeetYourIDPSA #austudents @americanuniversity @au_sis

UPCOMING: Friday Forum event to inform students of the available scholarships and awards that SIS has to offer! Bring fr...
10/24/2018

UPCOMING: Friday Forum event to inform students of the available scholarships and awards that SIS has to offer! Bring friends, learn how to get money, then come have a beer at Iron Horse when you’re done. See you there! #IDPSA #FrodayForum #HappyHour

#MeetYourIDPSA would like to introduce... Aimee Seligstein! She’s our Treasurer aka our money lady aka sugar mama. Also:...
10/23/2018

#MeetYourIDPSA would like to introduce... Aimee Seligstein! She’s our Treasurer aka our money lady aka sugar mama. Also:
She’s from Memphis, TN
Her concentration is Gender, Education and Methods
Her dream job is to be a travel blogger
And she’s been a contestant on 3 game shows 🤯 (she’s the one you want on your trivia team)
#nowyouknow #IDstudents #IDPSA #austudents @au_sis @americanuniversity

Do y’all know Tug? #MeetYourIDPSA is here to introduce you. He’s our IDPSA Faculty Liaison. Here’s the details:He’s from...
10/22/2018

Do y’all know Tug? #MeetYourIDPSA is here to introduce you. He’s our IDPSA Faculty Liaison. Here’s the details:
He’s from McLean, VA
HIs concentration is Health
His dream job is to be a dog sitter.
Also, when he was in middle school he had a band that had a locally viral video and got over a million views. He’s low key famous. 🏆🎬



#nowyouknow #ausis #americanstudents #IDPSA #IDstudents @americanuniversity @au_sis @ Washington, District of Columbia

A big thank you to all who came yesterday to participate in our fall community service event and post-clean up brunch! #...
10/21/2018

A big thank you to all who came yesterday to participate in our fall community service event and post-clean up brunch! #idpsa #volunteer #AUstudents @americanuniversity @au_sis

Have you registered for our community service event? register now using the link in our bio! #communityservice #voluntee...
10/16/2018

Have you registered for our community service event? register now using the link in our bio! #communityservice #volunteer #austudents #giveback #fallcreeksweep @americanuniversity @au_sis @au

Do y’all know Kaitlan Havlicek-McClenahan? If not, it’s time for you to #MeetYourIDPSAShe’s from Moraga, CAHer concentra...
10/15/2018

Do y’all know Kaitlan Havlicek-McClenahan? If not, it’s time for you to #MeetYourIDPSA
She’s from Moraga, CA
Her concentration is Gender and Development
Her dream job would be to clear trails for the national park service
& she has a secret power for detecting if a man has a beard by the sound of his voice over the phone 👀👻
#nowyouknow



#AUSIS #IDPSA #AmericanStudents @americanuniversity @kaitlanahm @au_sis @ American University

Spotlighting our lovely Gender and Development professors Dr. Susan Shepler and Dr. Vidya Samarasinghe at today’s facul(...
10/10/2018

Spotlighting our lovely Gender and Development professors Dr. Susan Shepler and Dr. Vidya Samarasinghe at today’s facul(tea) #professorgoals #IDPSA #AUSIS #AUwonks #auprofessors @americanuniversity @au_sis

#MeetYouIDPSA proudly introduces: MARIANA CORDOZO. She’s one of our lovely Friday Forum Coordinators. If you don’t know ...
10/08/2018

#MeetYouIDPSA proudly introduces: MARIANA CORDOZO. She’s one of our lovely Friday Forum Coordinators. If you don’t know her, you’re missing out. Here are the facts:
She is from Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Her concentration is Economics (she’s smart)
Her dream job is to sell coconuts on the beach
And she has participated in three model UN competitions


#MeetYourIDPSA #AUSIS #nowyouknow #damnshesmart #AUstudents @ School of International Service, AU

Want to get to know your professors? Network with other students? Have a lively discussion about Gender and Development?...
10/05/2018

Want to get to know your professors? Network with other students? Have a lively discussion about Gender and Development? Come to the #FACULTEA on Wednesday! Free tea, coffee, and snacks! #IDPSA #AUSIS #InternationalDevelopment

#MeetYourIDPSA continues with our Student-Alumni Liaison, Paula Schechtman! If you don’t know her, you should! Paula is ...
10/04/2018

#MeetYourIDPSA continues with our Student-Alumni Liaison, Paula Schechtman! If you don’t know her, you should!
Paula is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her dream job is to be a professional 5-star hotel critic (making 💰 to stay in fancy hotels around the world - duh). And she used to take acting classes and has been in 3 plays!

Have you heard about our site visits? They are a great chance to learn about a development organization by visiting thei...
10/02/2018

Have you heard about our site visits? They are a great chance to learn about a development organization by visiting their office in DC! Mark your calendars and register on eventbrite! (Links in bio) #IDPSA #sitevisits #AUSIS #AmericanUniversity

🚨CALENDAR ALERT:🚨 September 28th will be our first Friday Forum and we are highlighting ID faculty! Come grab some #FREE...
09/17/2018

🚨CALENDAR ALERT:🚨 September 28th will be our first Friday Forum and we are highlighting ID faculty! Come grab some #FREESNACKS and hear about their work! #IDPSA #AUSIS #AUfaculty #research #professorgoals

04/13/2018

We have some great events coming up this weekend to round off the end of this academic year! We have our last Friday Forum tonight, our Student-Alumni Picnic on Saturday, and the 2 Day Intl Development Consulting Seminar this Saturday and Sunday. On May 1st, the ID/DM program will have our Annual Town Hall Meeting to discuss how we can make improvements to the program for next year.

04/09/2018
Hi everyone! Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is the last day to turn in an application for IDPSA!
04/06/2018

Hi everyone! Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is the last day to turn in an application for IDPSA!

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