Real World EXPERIENCE: CIPA Capstone Projects Foster Change near and Far

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Real World EXPERIENCE: CIPA Capstone Projects Foster Change near and Far


Jackson, Rebecca, Human Ecology


Students and faculty packed the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) capstone reception on Dec. 5 to view poster presentations by graduate students who spent the semester developing recommendations for real-world clients.

The projects are made possible through Cornell's relationships with domestic and international NGOs and governmental organizations. Each student group chose aclient, and through in-depth interviews, field studies, and survey data, collaborated to create meaningful solutions.

"Our client provided a wide array of resources that the CIPA capstone team took full advantage of when we initiated our research," said Michael Foley, MPA '17. The collaboration allowed students to join ongoing efforts and help in the process of figuring out what is most needed in the communities they aim to serve.

Projects ranged from developing reintegration strategies for child soldiers in Uganda to improving funding for the Ithaca Health Alliance, a community-based health care cooperative. Some of the international projects involved agricultural communities facing economic and environmental challenges, and students worked to find solutions to revitalize development and growth. …

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