Human Rights and Humanitarian Crisis Management Challenges Worldwide

Hosted by Graduate School USA | Friday, March 8, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Graduate School USA
Room 222
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024

This complimentary full-day, practice-oriented forum offers moderated discussions, presentations, and interviews that address a wide range of human rights and humanitarian crises challenges around the globe. The event is an outgrowth of the 2019 ASPA Annual Conference theme and aims to bring together practitioners and applied academics to help illuminate these challenges and to illustrate cases from across the global community of practice. Given the urgent need for workable solutions that bring all segments of society together, this year’s emphasis is placed on practices that help government officials capitalize on assets and synergies often lacking in a robust response. The forum has been offered annually by ASPA’s Section for Public Management Practice (SPMP), and this year is co-sponsored by ASPA’s International Chapter, the Section for Emergency & Crisis Management, and Graduate School USA.
The interactive format offers:
  • Moderated presentations and interviews, with subject matter experts sharing case studies and related experiences
  • Best practice solutions and exchange of best practices between participants and speaker
  • Agenda-building opportunities to raise practice-oriented awareness within the professional public management community worldwide
  • Social time for networking and refining plans to attend other practice-oriented sessions in the remainder of the 2019 ASPA conference.


8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

Warren Master, Chairperson, ASPA's Section for Public Management Practice
John Maykoski, President & CEO, Graduate School USA
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Session #1:

Driving Organizational Change in the International Environment through Training

Moderated by Natalya H. Bah, Instructor, Graduate School USA and Principal, Natalya H. Bah Consulting

Presenter: Mr. C.D. Glin, President & CEO, U.S. African Development Foundation
Topic: Training in Times of and in Preparation for Organizational Change; A Discussion of Past and Future Training Initiatives at USADF

Presenter: Ms. Sharon Freeman, President, Gems of Wisdom Consulting, Inc.
Topic: Training Around Grant Compliance and Challenges

Presenter: The Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State
Topic: FSI's award winning and transformative training project on Education Policies and Standards

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Session #2:
Legal Support and Advocacy for Marginalized Groups, Administration and Policy

Moderator TBD

Presenter: Brittany Benowitz, Chief Counsel, American Bar Association, ABA Center for Human Rights
Topic: Human Rights Advocacy in the 21st Century

Presenter: Wally Swan, Walden University and Hamline University, Book Author of The Routledge Handbook of LGBTQIA Administrative Policy

Interviewer: Geno Sexton, Program Manager, Curriculum Products and Services, Graduate School USA

12:15 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session #3:
Democratic Governance Reform & Curbing Public Sector Corruption in Eastern Europe and the Caucuses

Moderated by Robert A. Shick, Ph.D., Affiliated Faculty, Rutgers University School of Public Affairs & Administration, The State University of New Jersey

Presenter: Mr. Varuzhan Nersisyan, Armenian Ambassador to the United States
Topic: Recent Governance Reforms and Continuing Challenges in the Republic of Armenia

Presenter: Sinisa Pepic, Executive Consultant, International Business and Economic Diplomacy Strategies, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Eastern Europe
Topic: Breaking Down the Intertwined Public-Private Networks of Corruption in the Balkans
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Session #4:
Social Equity Around the Globe

Moderated by Nina Bankova, Director, International Programs, Graduate School USA

Presenter: Josephine J. Dawuni, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Africa Women in Law; Global Fellow, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project, Wilson Center
Topic: The State of Women in Public Service and Practical Steps in Advancing Women’s Participation in Public and Political Leadership

Presenter: Claudia Gordon, Director of Government and Compliance with Sprint Accessibility, Sprint Corporation
Topic: Successful Policies that Helped Advance the Rights of People with Disabilities in the U.S. and Abroad

Presenter: TBD
Topic: The Changing Nature of the Immigration/Migration Discourse at Home and Abroad and the Implications of U.S. Policies for International Immigration Policy and Practice
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

The Section for Public Management Practice
ASPA’s International Chapter
Graduate School USA

RSVP: Nina Bankova, [email protected], or 202-314-3508.

Directions to Graduate School USA:
Graduate School USA
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2520

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