Jessica Fox-Wilson ’98
October 22, 2019

Beloiters Represent at Public Service Conference

Over break, 4 Beloit students participated in a Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Public Service Conference at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
  • Khadiza Ali ’22, Mengyan Li ’21, and Gisela Sarabia-Sandoval ’22 attended the PPIA Conference in Minneapolis, MN together. Jessi Nguyen ’22 also attended, but is not pictured here.
    Khadiza Ali

Students Gisela Sarabia-Sandoval ’22, Mengyan Li ’21, Khadiza Ali ’22 and Jessi Nguyen ’22 were accepted through a competitive application process to attend the conference entitled “The Right to Freedom, Safety, and Health: Transformative Public Leadership to Ensure Domestic and Global Human Rights”.

When considering the application process, Khadiza told the Career & Community Engagement Center staff, “My teachers and advisors at Beloit have given me so many avenues for bettering myself by connecting me to opportunities like the PPIA conference… My experiences at Beloit, as well as my trials and tribulations outside of Beloit, have given me a voice and I want to use that voice to advocate for people whose voices are silenced.”

The conference featured breakout sessions on public policy and human rights, as well as workshops on professional skills, and panels of current students and alumni of Public Policy and International Affairs Masters programs. 

Of the experience, Gisela says, “The theme of the conference captured me due to the human rights component. In my future career, which I have not completely figured out yet, I would like to work with communities to ensure their access to resources that fulfill their basic needs, like food, shelter, safety in the community, and a job that considers their human rights.” 

These students used their fall break to visit Minneapolis as a group and attend the conference, which they viewed as an opportunity to expand their educations. “It’s a wonderful weekend to build up our knowledge to evaluate public policy as well as doing some group work with students from other colleges,” Mengyan shared.

These conferences provide our students an opportunity to network with students from other colleges, build their knowledge of career opportunities, and prepare themselves for the graduate school application process. Jessi agrees. “Within three days, what participants experienced also helped us have a better vision of being a grad student.” 

Several faculty and staff members shared this opportunity with students, including staff from the Career & Community Center, CIELO, and faculty from Political Science, Sociology, and International Relations.

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