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Connecting People and Ideas for Integrated Development

Student Engagement

Masters of International Affairs Capstone Team

Logistics for this conference were facilitated by Hairat Ajose, Matthew Ciotti, and Mia Nilo, three second year Master of International Affairs graduate students who partnered with the Center for International Development {CID) to fulfill their degree's capstone project requirement. Matt and Mia, as aspiring Public Diplomacy Foreign Service Officers, regard organizing this conference as an opportunity to hone their skills in public affairs. With a concentration in Global Public Management, Hairat is interested in a career international development work. This event has been an opportunity for the Capstone Team to not only get an in depth look at this emerging conversation about the intersection of human t rafficking and violent extremism, and international development, and to gain experience in event management and all the challenges it entails, from budgets to staffing and catering to marketing.

CID Internships

Some of the volunteers working on the conference are current CID Interns. Toby Greenfield, Paige Goerig, Sameer M odasra, and Adi Po rat come from a range of academic disciplines at UAibany, but are all interested in becoming future international deve lopment practitioners. CID offers internships year round and gives students the opportunity to start working on real-life international development projects right here in Albany. For example, CID has been working with students to analyze the work CID has done in Kenya for the past three years on improving public education. CID and its team of interns are also identifying new ways that the university can help people in deve loping countries by working with the US government and other organizations active internationally, including hosting public events like this conference meant to reach out to anyone with professional or academic interest in human trafficking and combatting violent extremism.


The mission of Students Stopping the Trafficking and Exp loitation of People is to stand in solidarity to express our outrage at the many forms of human trafficking the exist in our world today and to assert their belief that everyone has a role in ending modern slavery. Their activities include holding fundraising events with organizations like The Lifeway Network in NYC, My Sisters Place in White Plains, sponsoring a petition to promote legislation that prevents children who have been trafficked from having to testify in court, helping draft a petition alongside a NYS Assembly woman to raise the minimum age to get married from 14 to 17 which was successfully signed into legislation in June 2017, and collaborating to support a training on Perspectives of Human Trafficking in the Capitol Region.

SSTEP Brochure

SSTEP Overview Handout


The Model European union team {MEUT) is a group of students that study, research, and ultimately simulate the functions of the European union at an internationally renowned conference. The team has long been the most awarded grou p to participate in the SUNYMEU conference, racking up dozens of awards year after year. The MEUT is proud to continuously be recognized for academic excellence and works hard to be the best.

Model EU Team Handout

Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Delta Eta Chapter

APO's mission is to assemble college students in a National Service Fraternity in the Fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop Leadership, to promote Friendship, and to provide Service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national, education, and intellectual Heritage. APO members/Brothers provide service to the nation, community, campus, and their fraternity. During a relatively brief pledging process, prospective "little" brothers learn about the history of the fraternity, while participating in service, fellowship, and fundraising events. They provide many opportunities to become a leader, and work on leadership skills such as getting involved in the Executive Boards {"E-Board") of the Brotherhood, or the Pledge class.