Collaboration and Partnerships
The Young African Leaders' Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The U.S. Department of State supports young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security. The YALI Connect Camps are funded by a grant from the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs and are administered by the Institute for International Journalism at Ohio University.
Environmental Peacebuilding and Sustainability
This seven-credit field course (in Washington D.C. and the Balkans) affiliated with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs provides students with a unique, experiential learning opportunity in one of the last bio-diversity hotspots in Europe, a place where the legacy of the conflict of the 1990s is being overcome with entrepreneurship, ecotourism and environmental peacebuilding. Starting with three days in Washington D.C., students will gain a foundational understanding of how environmental security thinking led to a focus on environmental peacebuilding.
Alumni in DC
Graduate of OHIO’s undergraduate Political Science and Master of Public Administration programs, Amber Snowden works in Washington DC as communications and project manager for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE). This nonpartisan, nonprofit organization conducts research, organizes public forums and promotes best practices related to state and local government, particularly regarding workforce and recruitment issues. In this role, Ms. Snowden coordinates projects for SLGE, including interactions with senior researchers, state and local government leaders, and others who share the Center’s goal to position state and local governments as employers of choice. SLGE is an offshoot of the International City / County Management Association (ICMA). Ms. Snowden also serves as the public policy coordinator for ICMA and as staff liaison to both ICMA’s Strategic Planning Task Force and Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee. Prior to joining SLGE and ICMA, Ms. Snowden was first an assistant to the county manager, and then a public information specialist for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. She served on the host committee and as staff liaison to ICMA for the 100th Annual Conference. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s in Public Administration (summa cum laude) from Ohio University.
Caleb Hawkins, OHIO Master of Science in Environmental Studies 2015 graduate, is a biologist with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington DC. He assists in the development of ecological and human health risk assessments for herbicides and other pesticides, provides scientific and policy advice to agency management on decisions related to herbicides and pesticides and analyzes technical data related to herbicides and pesticides in agricultural and non-agricultural settings.