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Kendall Seal in Jefferson City

Political Science alumni and member of the Missouri State University Board of Governors/, Kendall Seal testified before the House General Law Committee yesterday in support of the Missouri Earned Family & Medical Leave Act. His full testimony can be read here – HB1059

Kendall is the Vice President of Research & Policy and general counsel for the Women’s Foundation in Kansas City.

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Keys to Law School Success

Join Missouri State’s pre-law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, as they welcome Dr. Joshua C. Tate, Associate Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law for a presentation entitled “Keys to Law School Success” on Monday, April 24 at 5:30-7:00pm in Strong Hall, Room 306.

For additional information, contact Department of Political Science professor, Dr. Kevin Pybas, or Cindy Umana, President, Phi Alpha Delta.

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SMBA Law Day

Congratulations to all of the participants in the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Law Day. This year’s Law Day theme, The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy, garnered 300 student entries in the annual poster and essay contests.

Proud to be a sponsor and honored to represent the Political Science Department and Missouri State University as a celebrity judge for the essay contest. Big shout out to Mason Brown, the essay contest 1st place winner. Mason is an 8th grader at Jarrett Middle School. You can read Mason’s essay at SMBA Bar News.

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Explaining Middle East Politics – Three Easy Pieces

The Political Science department was pleased to welcome back Dr. Kamran Bokhari for a lecture entitled “Islamists, Jihadists, Autocratic Meltdown & Geosectarianism.” Dr. Bokhari is a 1999 Political Science and 2002 MIAA (Global Studies) alumnus.

Dr. Bokhari is a senior analyst with the U. S. intelligence firm, Geopolitical Futures. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy and a fellow with the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. He teaches the geopolitics of the Middle East & South Asia to Canadian military, intelligence, law enforcement, foreign policy and national security officials at the Security & Policy Institute in the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Political Islam in the Age of Democratization.

This lecture was made possible, in large part, thanks to the establishment of the Thomas Strong Chair for Middle Eastern Politics and the generous support of the Strong family. The department would like to thank Drs. David Romano and Djene Bajalan for their work in organizing this event.

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An Update From Katie Babits

Katie Babits graduated in 2012 with an MPA focused in Local Government Management. She recently joined the City of Eugene Oregon’s City Manager’s Office as a Human Rights and Equity Analyst. A large piece of this work entails supporting the City’s Human Rights Commission by coordinating their meetings, managing their budget, and facilitating work group meetings, among other things.

The Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement offers a Rights Assistance Program to residents of Eugene, which provides people with information, resources and referrals to community members. Specifically, the office helps people who have experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class in the areas of housing, employment, or public accommodation. The analyst work collaborates with similar roles in public agencies throughout the metro area to plan events to discuss topics affecting underserved and underrepresented populations and remove barriers in navigating public processes.

Katie also tracks hate and bias incidents in the city which do not escalate to the level of official crimes. Annually, Katie works with the Eugene Police Department to create a report combining the hate and bias crimes and incidents and presents the information compared to previous years to City Council and the community.

Previously, Katie has worked in the human resources sector of public agencies, managed professional development programs, dabbled in communication and public engagement, and risk management.

She also is on the management team for Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect professionals throughout the local government profession, communicating information to empower smarter creativity, and educate people on trends and proactive solutions.

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The Three MGS-keteers

Global Studies Program Director, Dr. Dennis Hickey, was able to meet MGS alumni James Gilmore and Aaron Kruse, along with our current Renmin (People’s) University exchange student, Jacob Hannah, on his recent trip to China.

Assuming the vehicle in the background is just a coincidence.

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