Please enjoy these highlights from Milano’s Master’s, PhD, and Certificate Candidates Recognition Ceremony held on May 17, 2018. 

Student speaker Monae Sheron Evans praised the graduating class saying, “You all are truly inspirational, not only for the innovative work you will go on to do, but for the work many of us here tonight have already been doing.” You can read Monae’s full address here. 


Enjoy a slideshow of the evening’s celebration. 


2018 Student Awards

Recipients of the Distinguished Student Award

Anastasiya Filippova

Brianda Jeanett Quinones Salgado

Amber Nicole Thomas 

Recipient of the John Clinton Outstanding Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Student Award

Michael Harrington

Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Best Paper Award

Cecilia Depman, “Aligning Food Justice Priorities in NYC Greenmarkets: An Analysis of EBT Spending and Land Management Practices of Regional Producers.”

Recipient of the Nonprofit Management Outstanding Student Award

Jody Adams

Nonprofit Management Best Paper Award

Katherine Chang, “SOARing Together: Staff Engagement in University Settlement’s Strategic Planning Process”

Recipient of the Organizational Change Management Outstanding Student Award

Yaromil Fong-Olivares

Organizational Change Management Best Paper Award

Nicholas Kruter, “Leadership Development in Higher Education: The Gap in Opportunities for LGBT Professionals”

Recipient of the Public and Urban Policy Jacob M. Kaplan Award

Samantha Wu

Public and Urban Policy Best Professional Decision Report

Nicole Lau, “Supporting Small Businesses & Keeping Them Open”

Ph.D. Graduates

Calvin T. Brown, Ph.D., Dissertation title: “The Neighborhood Effects of Poverty Over Time: Identifying Poverty Thresholds Where Neighborhood Conditions Change”

Pooya Ghorbanizigsari, Ph.D., Dissertation title: “Home-ownership After the Great Recession” Essays on “Owner-Ready” Families”

Rebecca Hollender, Ph.D., Dissertation title: “Post-Growth in Practice: The Realities of Public Policy and Community Initiatives in Ecuador” 

Claude Joseph, Ph.D., Dissertation title: “The Impact of Foreign Development Assistance on Poverty and Growth: Do Institutions Matter?”