Loyola University Chicago

Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy

MUAPP

Alumni Spotlight

Spring 2018 Graduates

MUAPP had several students graduate from the program last spring. Take a look below to see what our recent graduates are up to!

Brigid Paulson began her academic career at Loyola University Chicago by receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy, with minors in Spanish & English. She graduated with a Master of Public Policy from Loyola in May of 2018. During her time at Loyola, Brigid served as Legislative Intern in the Chicago office of Senator Tammy Duckworth. After graduation she continues to work for the Senator as Scheduling and Staff Assistant. The mission of the organization is to ensure that the voice of the constituency of Illinois is being heard in the United States Senate. In her role, Brigid is responsible for managing the intern program, which includes tasks such as hiring, onboarding, & mentoring interns. She is also responsible for scheduling & managing logistical details for Senator Duckworth’s in-state visits. Brigid brings many of the skills she learned at Loyola, as well as from previous internship experiences to her position at the Senator’s office.

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Abraham Morris is also a recent graduate of Loyola, receiving his Master of Public Policy from Loyola in May of 2018. After graduation, Abe has continued his work as Dax Director at DePaul USA. This organization was founded in 2008 and its mission is to support individuals experiencing homelessness, not only in Chicago, but also in Little Rock, Macon, New Orleans, Philadelphia, & St. Louis. Abe supervises the “Dax” team whose mission is to assist and provide resources to DePaul University Students who are experiencing housing insecurity & homelessness.

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 Another Spring 2018 graduate of the Public Policy program at Loyola is Laura Bedolla. In addition to receiving her Master of Public Policy, she also represented the MUAPP department on the Graduate Student Advisory Council while at Loyola. Laura has been working with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute since 2015, serving as Leadership Program Associate & Internship Coordinator. After graduating, Laura moved positions within the organization to Operations Manager & Policy Analyst.‌

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Dael Davila Elguera

My name is Dael Davila Elguera and I am from Peru where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the National University of Cajamarca and a juris doctor from the private University of the North. Throughout the years, I have worked with the public and private sector; enhancing relations and working closely with regional governments.

 After many years of professional experience, I was looking for a master’s program that combined both practical skills and ethical values for a broader understanding of public policies that impacted communities in a positive manner. Fortunately, in 2013 I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Master’s Degree in the United States. I had heard of Loyola University Chicago during a scholarship presentation and liked its curriculum, the quality of professors and their connection with Jesuit universities across the world. Furthermore, I was interested in the experience of living in Chicago. These reasons contributed greatly to my decision of studying in Chicago.

My two years in Loyola and Chicago were wonderful. The curriculum fulfilled all my expectations of learning practical skills to design, implementing and evaluating public policies. All the courses were very useful, for instance, the GIS and Statistical Analysis class. Furthermore, my Loyola experience was completed with student’s organizations and I also lived by Jesuit values of social justice and integrity. Finally, while in Chicago I had the experience of doing an internship with the Peruvian Consulate, a decision that directly shaped my future.

I have had the opportunity to pursue several internships in my home country, Peru. One of them was with a non-profit organization linked to the miner sector which allowed me to develop a strong professional network in this field. My second internship was with Peru’s government where I designed an evaluation plan of public policies regarding education. On both of these internships, including the internship with the Peruvian Consulate, I designed maps using the GIS software that I had learned during my master’s degree, this included the statistical analysis class that helped measure the impacts of public policies.

When I finished the Master of Public Policy program, I returned to Peru where I worked as the coordinator of the intercultural justice center. In this position, I oversaw the implementation of public policies in the judicial sector. My responsibilities were to ensure low income communities and non-Spanish speakers had access to these services. However, during my time in Chicago as an intern in the Peruvian Consulate, I started to enjoy working in the diplomatic sector. As a result of this experience, I decided to apply to the Peruvian Diplomatic Academy, a very rigorous program that prepares the future diplomats of the country. This is also a master’s degree in international relation and diplomacy. This program allows me to work in Peru for two years and then serve in different regions of the world. The experience that I had in Loyola helped me to follow and design bilateral public policies and it also allowed me to find my passion of serving. This experience allowed me to follow Jesuit values throughout my career as a diplomat, to establish peace and expand its benefits worldwide.

The best advice I can give current students is to learn and keep their focus on their dreams. Loyola had a great and practical curriculum that helped me learn how to design, implement and evaluate public policies. Additionally, the university had a wide range of organizations and offered special events to network with local professionals. Finally, my last advice is to take advantage of the city where there are many opportunities to get connected, both with the public and private sector.

Potential students can find in Loyola three reasons for applying. First, because of its practical curriculum with a variety of classes from which to choose. The second reason is because it is a Jesuit University and provides space for values of social justice that will influence the way public policies are implemented and finally, because of the great location to study, Chicago.  Finally, for international students, consider the Jesuit network around the world as an asset to study in Loyola.