Thanks to the efforts of Aishwarya Kumar and Shanshan Luan, GSPIA has established a student chapter of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). The ICMA Student Chapter will help to introduce and integrate students into the local government management profession and familiarize students with members, resources, and the ICMA Code of Ethics.
MPA students Kumar and Luan led the application process to establish the chapter, receiving guidance from faculty advisor Professor Sabina Deitrick and alumnus Kevin Flannery (MPA ’85), Borough Manager for Sewickley, PA. Professor Deitrick spoke highly of the student’s leadership imitative, “We look forward to our GSPIA students’ involvement with our local government management professionals and the exciting opportunities our ICMA student chapter will bring.”
ICMA is a leading professional association dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. As a part of ICMA's Next Generation Initiatives, chapters exist to establish connections between ICMA, schools, students, state associations, and managers. Kumar added, “it will be really relevant for MPA students to be part of the chapter.” The benefits include access to regular newsletters, ICMA's job hunting handbook, networking advice, and other useful resources. Furthermore, student members can attend ICMA conferences, which will provide valuable learning and networking opportunities, free of charge.
The first ICMA GSPIA student chapter event will be held at 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, January 19 in the University Club Library. Chapter co-presidents, Kumar and Luan encourage students interested in ICMA to contact them with further questions at ASK77@pitt.edu or SHL158@pitt.edu. To learn more about ICMA, click here.