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Kevin Ward, PhD

Associate Professor and Director Casey 210-18


Student Spotlight

Headshot of Julieta DentoneJulieta Dentone PUBA and EVST '24 was recently awarded the prestigious Public Policy and International Affairs Program fellowship to support undergraduates committed to public service.  This summer, as a PPIA fellow, Julia looks forward to learning graduate skills to support environmental policy.

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic graduate-level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. More information on the program here.


Faculty Spotlight

Headshot of Zachary Wood

Zachary D. Wood, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Service, is interviewed in the KNKX story, "Housing advocates divided over push for ‘social housing’ in Seattle," which details the arguments for and against ballot Initiative-135 and what it could do to alleviate Seattle's housing crisis.

Dr. Wood noted, "If we leave [housing] just to the market, we can have all kinds of really fascinating stories like San Francisco going even further and more haywire than Seattle. Maybe that's our future. Or maybe our future is something more like Detroit, where something economically completely collapses and the whole thing drops out. What we need to be able to do is have some control, right? Some public control of how that story is going to be told."

Program Summary

Addressing public and social problems requires an integrated approach. As a Seattle University Public Affairs student, you will build a solid base in the theories of leadership, economics, public policy, management and finance to prepare you to take action for social change.

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Choose a Customizable Concentration

The flexible Public Affairs curriculum allows you to concentrate in a specific area of study. The concentrations build upon the CORE Public Affairs curriculum and prepare you to develop your specific field of interest. You can choose one of the established concentrations or work with your advisor to create your own.

Concentrations include:

  • Urban Planning and Sustainability
  • Nonprofit Management
  • International Development (education abroad options are available)
  • Policy and Politics 

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Professional Development

Enrich your classroom experience through internships, research, experiential learning and study abroad opportunities that prepare you for a career that promotes a just and humane world. 

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Institute of Public Service "Conversations Series" Highlight

Jay Inslee with students and professors

Washington Governor Jay Inslee visited Seattle University for Earth Week in the latest installment of the IPS Conversations series.  He talked with hosts Larry Hubbell, Joni Balter and Public Affairs and Environmental Studies students, Anna Smalley and Gaby Batinich about climate change in front of a packed house of SU students, faculty, and staff. Watch the event on The Seattle Channel.