On Friday, January 19th, GSPIA celebrated the inauguration of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Student Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh. ICMA is a leading professional association dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world.
“We are thrilled to launch the Student Chapter of ICMA as another way for students to get involved in local government,” said co-founder and president, Aishwarya Kumar.
Kumar and fellow MPA student Shanshan Luan led the application process, receiving guidance from faculty advisor Professor Sabina Deitrick and alumnus Kevin Flannery (MPA ’85), Borough Manager for Sewickley, PA.
During the event, GSPIA students, professors, and alumni engaged in conversation about the significance of public service. The event featured two GSPIA alumni speakers, including Stephanie Mason (MPA ’86), township manager, Doylestown, PA, and a member of ICMA's Executive Board, as well as Kevin Flannery. Former ICMA president William Buchanan also provided comments and insights on the benefits of membership.
“We were very glad to see a lot of current students and alums come out on a Friday night,” commented co-founder and student leader Shanshan Luan. “We have received a lot of recommendations and suggestions for the future events, and plan on having more events like this during this semester.”
“GSPIA provided us with the amazing opportunity to form our own student chapter for ICMA,” explained co-founder of the GSPIA ICMA student chapter Aishwarya Kumar. “All the professors, especially Dr. Deitrick, Dr. Dougherty, and Dr. Miller have supported the growth of the Student Chapter… We hope to continue our work and envision many young GSPIA students in local government.”