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Welcome new students!

Welcome to our new Masters and PhD students who just joined the DGA program. Now that the first weeks are behind you and you are starting to settle into your schedules, we wanted to use this opportunity to give you some ideas of what you can do on and around campus. We understand that you might still have many questions, so please drop into the DGA office or talk to any of your SAGA representatives if you need help or advice with anything. We are introducing our new Master Student Rep Shelby Moulton below and you can easily get in touch with her or PhD Rep Lillian Hussong through the SAGA email:

Academic and Professional Advice: 
Writing Center: The Newark Writing Center offers writing tutoring and workshops for graduate students. You can find a list of their workshops and advice on how to get in touch with the tutors on their website. Tutors can meet with students on Tuesdays from 2:00 - 5:00 pm; on Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00 pm; and on Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:30 pm. To schedule an appointment contact Emilie Collins ( and put in your subject line "Graduate Tutoring Request". The center also offers E-Tutoring which you can schedule by emailing Emilie Collins with the subject line "Graduate E-Tutoring Requested". 
Library Workshops: More than just being a place where you can find books, the library provides a vast array of services. Workshops to enhance your professional, research and academic skills are offered on a regular basis throughout the semester. You can also contact a subject librarian to help you with finding sources in your particular field or ask for different forms of research assistance.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity: Rutgers is a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity which offers webinars for graduate students and others. You can access their calendar and register for webinars here

General Student Advice
Student Organizations: The list of student organizations is as diverse as the Rutgers student body. You can find a list of all organizations that might interest you here. 

Paul Robeson Campus Center: The Paul Robeson Campus Center is a space where students can go for general advice for life in Newark and being a student at Rutgers and they offer regular events and exhibits, for example the upcoming 37th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

Eating Around Campus 
Looking for a good and healthy place to eat around campus. There are plenty of opportunities. Green Chicpea offers delicious and kosher Middle Eastern fare. For fresh juices, Korean dishes and a hot food buffet, you may want to go to Good News Food. If you want to satisfy your need for DIY food, check out Blaze Pizza or Qdoba for some good Mexican food. And if you're willing to venture a little further, remember that the Iron Bound has a variety of different restaurants and bars with delicious food from all over the world. 

Upcoming UN Visit

On Friday, February, 24th, DGA is organizing its annual UN visit together with the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (Rutgers New Brunswick). The trip will include a visit to the offices of NGOs working with the United Nations, a discussion with UN experts working in sustainable development, and a career panel with young UN staff members discussing their career trajectories and the different ways of how to start working for the UN with students.

Students interested in the visit should register by emailing their name and contact information to Yemi Onitiri (yemi.onitiri@rutgers.eduby 5pm on Friday, February 13th. 


Meet our Students

This month we are introducing 1st year Master's student Shelby Moulton. Originally from Austin, Texas Shelby holds an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is in the Human and Environmental Security Concentration at DGA. After Rutgers, she hopes to do a PhD in Environmental Security either in Europe or the US. 

One of her favorite memories of DGA so far is the annual Thanksgiving potluck SAGA put together in the fall semester. Every student brought a food item and one of our SAGA members cooked an amazing turkey. This semester she is taking the "Urban Transformation and Global Leadership" class and is excited about the chance to travel to New Delhi in India as part of the class this summer. "Modern Political Terrorism" with Prof. Norman Samuels was her favorite class in the fall which she recommends to all her fellow students. 

Shelby is also the MS Representative for the spring semester so please feel free to contact her with any questions you have. Her advice to incoming fellow students is to meet with different professors as early as possible to help with course assignments, putting together their class schedule and general crisis support. 

SAGA Corner
New students, welcome!  Returning students, welcome back!  The SAGA board recently met to plan an engaging semester filled with academic and social events.  SAGA held its first mixer of the spring semester on Wed, Feb 1 (see photo below).  On Thursday, February 16, SAGA is hosting a Valentine's Day Potluck!  We're asking the DGA community to bring in desserts, hot cocoa, and other fun treats to the DGA lounge.  Then feel free to snack on Valentine's Day-themed food all day!  Check out the event page for more information.

Don't forget to check out SAGA's new social media projects.  We will feature one Global Affairs thinker on Instagram each Tuesday and Thursday in honor of Black History Month in February and in honor of Women's History Month in March.  In April, we will feature a few of the dynamic scholars and activists working to end mass atrocity crimes during Genocide Awareness month.

"Like" SAGA on Facebook to stay up on all the latest SAGA news!
Have a question for SAGA? Email us at
Master's Certificate
All students wishing to graduate in May 2017 must submit a diploma application before March 1. You can access the application here.

Students must also complete the Application for Admission to Candidacy form by May 1st at the latest. The form is available in the DGA offices and must be reviewed by the Assistant Director and signed by the Director of the program. Please contact Natalie Jesionka ( should you have any questions. 
Research Tip
Last semester we featured H-Net as a forum to locate academic opportunities.  This month, we're featuring a sub-network called "H-Grad."  While H-Net features opportunities for academics of all levels, H-Grad caters to graduate students by listing graduate conferences, pre-/post-doctoral fellowships, scholarships, and more.

Job Tip
Interested in working for an intergovernmental organization (IO) in the future?  Head to IO Careers for a website that pools together links to IO jobs around the world.  From the UN to IAEA to World Bank to World Food Programme, this website can help you easily locate job listings across the web.

The Global Affairs Colloquium takes place every Wednesday from 2:30 - 4:30 pm in the Dana Room, Dana Library (4th Floor). Every week, a global affairs expert or practitioner will come to talk to our students. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about different areas of global affairs and to network with people in the field. 

Questions? Contact Sabrina Axster

Upcoming colloquia:
15 February 
"Building capacities to use Modelling tools for Sustainable Development Policies"
Joanna Felix Arce, Associate Economic Affairs Officer
Development Policy Analysis Division
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

22 February

"The United Nations Global Compact"

Georg Kell

Founder and Former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact and now Vice Chairman of Arabesque Partners

1 March

"Beyond Soft Power: Cultural Power in India and China Today through Film"

Lily H.M. Ling, Professor of International Affairs, New School, NYC

8 March

"Ethnic Narrative Building "

Richard O’Meara, Director, Rutgers Division of Global Affairs

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