The staff of the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs extends their congratulations and warmest wishes for a bright future to our May 2017 graduates.

Celestina Anino – MA in Criminal Justice
Project Assistant: Live Healthy Bridgeton Coalition, Planning Study for Ending Food Insecurity in Bridgeton City, Youth for Success Evaluation

“This past year at WRI has been an amazing experience. I have learned so much, grown professionally, and am forever appreciative. I plan on pursuing a career in criminal justice with the FBI after graduation and hope to stay on the East Coast.”

Jorge Carvalho-Pereira – MA in Psychology
Project Assistant: South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative Evaluation

“Under Dr. Morgante’s mentorship at WRI, I have further sharpened my skills in conducting applied psychological research and gained invaluable experience in preparation for future doctoral study. Starting this coming Fall, I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Utah.”

Matthew Galey – BA in Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Philosophy
Project Assistant: Municipal Planning and Prevention – Juvenile Delinquency

“My experience at the Walter Rand Institute has exposed me to research and policy implementation for the services of special populations with key community members. Never did I think I would be in regular contact with police chiefs, school administrators, government officials, and essential leaders. I’ll begin law school at the University of Maryland this coming fall in pursuit of becoming a federal prosecutor.”

Brian Slusarz, MA in Public Policy and Administration 
Project Assistant: Municipal Planning and Prevention – Juvenile Delinquency

“I have greatly enjoyed my time working at WRI, and have gained an abundance of professional experience to combine with my education at Rutgers University. I recently accepted a job with Environment Colorado and will be moving to Boulder, CO upon graduation with my fiancé.”

Michael Zeir, MA in Public Policy and Administration 
Media Assistant

“It was good to have a brief period of partnership at WRI with projects and programs I wouldn’t otherwise interact with and shake dust off a few professional skill-sets in the process.  After graduation, I will return to my role as executive director of The Muse Collaborative, a Camden-based nonprofit that promotes excellence in, expression through, and appreciation for the hip-hop arts.”