The Editorial Board for New Visions in Public Affairs is comprised of graduate students within the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware.
2016-2017 Editorial Board
Becky McColl, M.A. ’17, Executive Director
Becky McColl is a second year M.A. student in the Urban Affairs and Public Policy program. She is currently a Research Assistant with the Center for Community Research and Service, where her research interests revolve around child welfare. She has previously worked in policy research with organizations such as Kids Count and the Delaware Public Policy Institute. Becky received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 2014.
Seth Chizeck, M.A. ’17, Editor-in-Chief
Seth Chizeck is a second year M.A. student in the Urban Affairs and Public Policy program. He is primarily interested in community and workforce development, and program evaluation. He is currently a research intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, where he works on projects related to housing and gentrification. Seth received his Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in 2011.
Alexander Burns, M.P.A. ’18
Alexander Burns is a first year Masters of Public Administration student and a research assistant at the Institute for Public Policy. His primary interests are education policy and social justice. Alexander received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016.
Scott Eisenhart, M.P.A. ’17
Scott Eisenhart is a Master of Public Administration student in his final year at the University of Delaware, where he is participating in the 4+1 accelerated degree program. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Delaware in 2016 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy. He is a research assistant for the university’s Institute for Public Administration, and serves as the MPA Representative for the Student Association of Policy & Administration.
Melissa Micek, M.P.A. ’18
Melissa Micek is a first year Masters in Public Administration student with a specialization in Public Policy Management. She is currently a research assistant at the Institute for Public Administration, where she works to improve public education in Delaware. Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in in Political Science and Philosophy from Lynchburg College in 2016.
Haley Qaissuanee, M.P.A. ’17
Haley Qaissaunee is in the 4+1 accelerated Master of Public Administration program and is currently in her +1 year. Her primary interests are education and providing support for low-income children and families. She is currently the graduate assistant at Kids Count in Delaware, which is housed in the Center for Community Research and Service. Haley received her Bachelor’s degree in English and public policy from the University of Delaware in Winter 2015.
Hira Rashid, Ph.D ’18
Hira Rashid is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program, with an area of focus in global health and health economics. She is graduate research assistant at the Center for Community Research and Service where she has been engaged in research on local and national level initiatives targeting health disparities, quality of care and social barriers of access to health care services. Hira completed her masters degree at UD in 2015 and is a Fulbright alum.
Cristina Stanica, Ph.D. ’19
Cristina Stanica is a second-year PhD student in the Urban Affairs & Public Policy program and a research assistant at the Institute for Public Administration. With an academic background in public administration and work experience in strategic planning and consultancy, she has graduated the B.A. of Public Administration and the International Master Program “Public Services Management” at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.
Madinah Wilson-Anton is a first year Masters in Public Administration student. Her interests include food and resource management and security, with an emphasis on how climate change impacts food production and accessibility. She is a Public Administration Fellow at the Institute for Public Administration and served as a Legislative Fellow in 2016 for the Delaware General Assembly. Madinah received her B.A. in International Relations and Asian Studies from the University of Delaware in May 2016.
Jessica Velez, M.P.A. ’18
Jessica Velez is a first year M.P.A. student and a Research Assistant within the Institute for Public Administration working with the Conflict Resolution Program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2015, where she concentrated on research on child development as well as the implementation of parenting programs for children facing adversity. She hopes to combine her passion for child welfare with her new knowledge in public affairs to create positive change for children and families.