Student Highlights from SIPA’s Global Leadership Awards Gala

Last week, members of the SIPA community gathered at the Waldorf Astoria for the SIPA Global Leadership Awards Gala.

The Global Leadership Awards Gala honors individuals that exemplify the values and qualities that SIPA strives to instill in its students. Those honored this year have made incredible contributions to the public good, and included Edward Skyler, Executive Vice President at CITI; Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro; and Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles and a SIPA alumnus, Class of ’95.

[Photo courtesy of Rina Lila] (L:R) Li Zhou Angel Vasquez, Melissa Martinez, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Annika Lescott, Lauren Greubel, Rina Lila and Jake Miner.

[Photo courtesy of Rina Lila] (L:R) Li Zhou Angel Vasquez, Melissa Martinez, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Annika Lescott, Lauren Greubel, Rina Lila and Jake Miner.

Two current SIPA students gave speeches about their experiences at SIPA and the opportunities that the school has afforded them. Brief excerpts from their speeches are below:

(Photo Courtesy of Rina Lila) Mayor Eric Garcetti and Rina Lila, MIA ’15 / Mayor Eric Garcetti and Angel Vasquez, MIA '15.

(Photo Courtesy of Rina Lila) Mayor Eric Garcetti and Rina Lila, MIA ’15 / Mayor Eric Garcetti and Angel Vasquez, MIA ’15.

Rina Lila, MIA ’15, concentrating in Economic and Political Development, on her SIPA experience:

“As I pursued the education my parents fought so hard to give me, I was drawn to SIPA because I knew that by selecting SIPA, I could become a well-rounded leader of public policy who understands how finance relates to economic and political development in not just resolving, but also avoiding, international conflicts [….] While at SIPA, the most valuable part of my experience has been the unique opportunity to learn from my fellow students both inside and outside of the classroom, and be in classes taught by inspiring and dedicated professors such as Professor Elisabeth Lindenmayer and Richard Goldberg.”

Angel Vasquez, MPA ’15, concentrating in Urban and Social Policy, on why he decided to attend SIPA and the school’s impact on him:

“I came to SIPA to get the skills I need, and thanks to a fellowship, SIPA has allowed me to focus my studies on education in New York City under the tutelage of stellar experts like Professors Fuchs, Gerratana, Bubula and Yang. Thanks to my time at SIPA, I have cultivated meaningful relationship with students, faculty members, and professionals that are a part of a greater community seeking to end education inequity in the United States.”

 

Keep a lookout for video highlights from the Awards Gala. We’ll post them as they become available.

—Katherine McGehee, MIA ’15