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Student Presents at International Young Scholars Workshop in South Africa

Monday, August 01, 2016

Sarah Stoeckel 1The American Society of Public Administration selected Sarah Stoeckel, a student in the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs - Public Administration Track, to present at the 2016 International Young Scholars Workshop on Racial Equity and Community Engagement.

Stoeckel was one of just 27 doctoral students and research fellows from the United States and other nations to attend the July 20-23 workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. ASPA hosted the workshop, which was largely sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

The workshop's theme was "Advancing the Understanding of Global Disparities in Public Policy, Public Administration, NGOs, and the Communities They Serve."

Sarah Stoeckel 2Stoeckel was among five attendees to present during a session named Policy Challenges and Innovative Solutions in Developing Countries. The tile of her presentation was "The Progression Toward E-Governance Initiatives in Regards to Local Media and the Resulting International Governmental Impacts."

In her workshop biography, Stoeckel wrote that she works as an academic advisor and adjunct instructor at Eastern Florida State College, based in Cocoa. In addition, she is running for a seat on the Titusville City Council in the 2016 election.

Stoeckel is already a two-time alumna of UCF, having earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2008 and master's degree in educational leadership in 2010.

Alumna Presents Too
Also attending the workshop was UCF public affairs' alumna Pamela Medina (Ph.D., '15). She presented a paper based on her disseration research titled "Disparities in Social Capital: An Examination of Women in Ecuador and Peru." Medina is now an instructor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado-Denver.



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