Our quarterly Conversations series brings three events to campus that feature local and national leaders discussing current public service issues. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming events!
Seattle University Institute of Public Service and Town Hall Seattle invite you to attend our upcoming co-sponsored event, “Combating Racial Animus Against the AAPI Community,” on Tuesday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. PST via Town Hall Seattle’s Digital Stage.
In the third installment of Seattle University’s “The Conversations,” we hear from former U.S. ambassador to China and former Washington Governor Gary Locke, CEO of Treehouse Lisa Chin, and interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz. Journalist Joni Balter and Dr. Larry Hubbell, longtime previous director of the Seattle University Institute of Public Service, moderate an honest discussion with Locke, Chin, and Diaz about the possible causes of this disturbing trend—and offer suggestions on how we can make change around a problem that has a long legacy of harming our communities. With student questions led by Asian Studies Program Director Dr. Yitan Li, you won’t want to miss this essential and urgent conversation.
Free for the SU Community. Register here: https://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/events/su-password/
General paid admission. Register here: https://townhallseattle.org/event/combating-racial-animus-against-the-aapi-community-livestream/
With special guests Dr. Noreen Elbert, Instructor, Nonprofit Leadership, Melissa Minato, Assistant Director of Career Education at SU, and Lindsay Ohab, Internship Coordinator, Seattle City Light, learn more about investing in your professional growth.
Thursday, April 29th from 12-1pm PST
Register here for Zoom link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149933618489
Are you an MPA alum or student who is interested in expanding your professional network? Whether you are considering a job transition or just want to build more peer connections, consider joining the MPA Connections Peer group. This group will meet weekly, Noon-1pm, from April 28th-June 2nd.
We will spend time each week discussing group generated topics of interest such as: networking, professional development during Covid, getting a promotion, Zoom interviews, conflict in the workplace, feeling stuck in the job, managing staff virtually, and salary negotiation (to name a few). Participants will take an active role in choosing topics and co-facilitating sessions with the support of faculty member, Dr. Noreen Elbert.
This group is open to all current students and alumni of the Master of Public Administration program. Registration is now closed.
Federal Careers: Hiring Pathways and Stories from the Field in Seattle
Wednesday, May 5th between 4:30 and 6:00 PM - Zoom Networking Session
Seattle University MPA program invites you to network with Federal employees based here in Seattle. This is an opportunity to explore the Federal government network in Seattle (the Federal Government is the largest employer in the United States), to learn about its online hiring platform, and to network with enthusiastic federal employees working in the Pacific Northwest.
Rachelle Martz from FAA will lead the session, supported by Martin Mertz from EPA, and several other colleagues from these agencies:
Department of Labor,
Federal Aviation Administration,
Federal Executive Board,
Environmental Protection Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
This event is free and open to all public administration, public affairs, and environmental studies students.
To attend, please, register here:
City Management and Government Consulting
Career Workshop and Networking Session
Friday, February 5th
4:30 - 5:30 PM
"A career in public service or a career as a consultant supporting the work of the public sector can be very rewarding. Meet with several executives on what it is like to work in government or consulting, what skill sets employers value, and answer questions you may have. Speakers will include City Finance Directors, Washington State Audit Manager, and private sector management consultants".
Who should attend? MPA, BPA and other students looking for new job or a career transition to government finance, performance management, and government consulting.
This is a free event and is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career in public service or public sector consulting.
Event Hosts: Martin Chaw, Seattle U MPA Alum, FCS Consulting and Olha Krupa, MPA Program Director.
Washington State Auditor Office
Virtual Performance Audit Workshop
Friday, February 26th at 12:30 PM
The Office of the Washington State Auditor is hosting a two-hour virtual performance audit workshop on Friday, February 26, 2021 between 12:30 and 3:30 PM . All MPA and BPA students are invited to attend. The goal of the workshop is to introduce students to SAO office, work, staff, and culture. The workshop will include a case study session led by our supervisory staff, presentations on performance auditing and what SAO looks for in job candidates and a question and answer session with performance audit staff.
The deadline to submit the application is Monday, February 22, 2021.
If you have any questions, or need additional information, contact Michael Huynh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal & Kim Schrier
Microsoft President Brad Smith
Gov. Gary Locke & Rick Wilson
Mayor Durkan discussed issues facing our fast-growing city including affordability, homelessness, transportation, and more. Watch the video.
Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Kim Schrier discussed the rising power of women in Congress and current events and policy issues leading up to the event. Watch the video.
Microsoft President Brad Smith discussed Microsoft’s $500 million pledge to address homelessness and affordable housing across Puget Sound, and the responsibility of corporations to their communities. Watch the video.
Former WA Governor Gary Locke and GOP Strategist and Author Rick Wilson (author of the NY Times best-selling book, Everything Trump Touches Dies) discussed the 2018 midterm elections. Watch the video.
Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez and former Seattle City Council President — and mayor for five days — Bruce Harrell discussed the United States rising up in protest, and societal struggles that were already challenging to solve have been exacerbated by the events of this year. Seattle especially has experienced significant unrest, with recall petitions, souring mayor-council relations, calls to defund police, protests at councilmembers’ houses, and the US attorney general calls Seattle an “anarchist” city. All of this begs the question: is Seattle becoming ungovernable? Watch the video.