Places to pursue and practice one’s passion

As we are upon the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, we are faced with ongoing structural damage and despair of many about the prospects for the country’s citizens, both they be economic and social. Fortunately, there are many organizations and individuals who stay committed to trying to change those prospects for the better. (please search Haiti in this blog and you will find a number of pieces from last year that highlight these groups and individuals). The work is hard, actually extremely hard, which is why these folks and even a greater number of them now and in the future will be essential in providing a foundation for sustainable improvement and a better way of life for those in that proud nation.

Based on some recent conversations I had this week, I am confident that we will a robust cadre of those committed to this area of growth, both sports and non-sports focused. I was contacted this past week by two young individuals interested becoming even more involved in the world of economic, social and community development. These smart, energetic individuals were asking about graduate programs for those interested in those worlds. We highlight below a list of some programs from around the country. There are certainly many more but we wanted to at least get a sample listing out. We look forward to highlighting additional programs and serving as a resource for those young and a bit older who desire to increase their knowledge and further develop their skill base. This will be great for those individuals and great for those of us hoping that this area continues to grow and be a driver of change in all areas of sports and development. A good place for that, of course, is Haiti.

Public-interest programs covering areas such as education, international affairs, nonprofit management, public policy, and social work.


American University School of International Service
American University, College of Arts and Sciences
American University, School of Public Affairs
Bank Street College of Education
Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program / Center for Environmental Polic
Baruch College School of Public Affairs (CUNY) – Graduate Admissions
Brandeis University/The Heller School
Brown University, Education Department
Carnegie Mellon University- H. John Heinz III College
Clark University International Development, Community, and Environment Graduate
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Graduate Admissions
Columbia University School of Social Work
Columbia University Teachers College
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
CUNY School of Professional Studies
George Mason University – School of Public Policy
George Mason University- The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC, San Diego
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard School of Public Health Admissions Office
Hofstra University Office of Graduate Admissions
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Graduate Admission
Masters degree program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, University of Oregon
Middlesex University
Molloy College
National Urban Fellows, Inc.
New York Institute of Technology Graduate Admissions
New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice
New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study
New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development
Northeastern University School of Law
Pace University
Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
Regent University-Virginia Beach
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany
Rutgers University – Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Sarah Lawrence College – Graduate Studies Program
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
St. John’s University
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY- Bush School of Government & Public Service
The General Theological Seminary
The George Washington University – School Of Business
The New School Graduate Programs
The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
The University of Queensland
Tufts University – The Fletcher School
Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
University of Melbourne
University of Minnesota – Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
University of Pennsylvania, College of Liberal and Professional Studies
University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of San Francisco – Arts and Sciences
University of Southern California-School of Policy, Planning, and Development
Wurzweiler School of Social Work/Yeshiva University