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JMC Junior Gerena Walker Selected as PPIA Fellow at U of M

Gerena Walker


JMC Student Gerena Walker (SRP Junior) Selected as a 2017 Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Fellow at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.

On her acceptance to PPIA, Gerena said:

"I first knew of this program from it being advertised from Max Olivero in the newsletter. I always look toward opportunities, especially resourceful and financial due to my personal status lacking in the two. When I applied to this I honestly didn't know if I would get it due to my constant struggle of performance in school, however, I made sure I went the extra mile with my application and went to talk to U of M to give an intimate approach about myself. Getting this opportunity was not something just to add to a resume, or just to honor myself with an achievement. I needed this opportunity to help me for grad school as the courses present in the program mirror graduate classes as well as the GRE prep that is given throughout the program. This program has truly opened doors for me for grad school in which I wouldn't only be prepared for grad school, but also professionally matured and financially assisted."