Global Work

The College of Community and Public Affairs aims to be a model for linking local and global issues through education. CCPA students have an opportunity to learn alongside peers from across the globe and gain insight from faculty active in international social justice and humanitarian research. Students are encouraged to take advantage of education-abroad programs and scholarships with international requirements, learning new perspectives and best practices which they can apply to their education and work at home.

Education Abroad

CCPA students are encouraged to study internationally, at both the bachelor and master levels. Binghamton University offers 50 education-abroad and national exchange programs in addition to over 1,000 programs sponsored by State University of New York (SUNY) institutions. We advise students to get an early start looking into international opportunities available through the Binghamton University Office of International Education and Global Initiatives (IEGI).

Two Binghamton University research- and education-abroad programs were established by professors in the Departments of Public Administration and Social Work. They have been increasingly popular for CCPA students to participate in:

  • Malawi: This two-week service-learning trip to Malawi, Africa, focuses on asset-based community development in three rural communities. Students and professors work closely with the Malawi Children’s Mission, a non-governmental organization that serves as a feeding center for 150 orphaned children, a school for 60 children from preschool to fourth grade and an after-school program for children of all ages.
  • Peru: This three-week service-learning and language immersion experience takes students to Cusco, Peru, and provides an opportunity for them to gain exposure in the history and culture of the Andes region. Students participate in service activities with local governmental, civil society and grassroots organizations and learn about issues related to sustainability, cultural identity, social equity and environmental justice.

*For the most updated information regarding COVID-19’s impact on international education,  visit the IEGI COVID-19 FAQ page.

Global Research

Our faculty are dedicated to meeting the needs of communities across the globe. With a focus on applied research, professors work locally and abroad, implementing an interdisciplinary perspective to address society’s most pressing challenges. Faculty currently conducting international research include:

  • Kerry Whigham, assistant professor of Public Administration: Research focuses on the way post-atrocity societies remember and engage with the past, along with how that violent past impacts the present and future across Latin America, Europe and the United States.
  • Nadia Rubaii, professor of Public Administration and co-director of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention: Research focuses on Latin American indigenous rights as an atrocity prevention tool, how COVID responses elevate or reduce risk of identity-based violence, and leverages accreditation to encourage public affairs education to tackle major social issues.
  • Oscar Gil-Garcia, assistant professor of Human Development: Research explores the long-term impact of the Guatemalan war (1960-1996) on indigenous Maya (Akatec) refugees who resettled in Mexico and the United States. His work examines the micro-level consequences of public policy on individuals, comparative frameworks of race, gender, and migration in the Americas, immigrants' health and healthcare access, and the use of photography to promote social change.
  • Youjung Lee, associate professor of Social Work: Research focuses on grandparent-headed families in a global context.

Read more about faculty research

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available to CCPA students pursuing a field of study specifically related to internationalization:

Latin American Partnership Fund: Awarded to matriculated undergraduate or graduate students, faculty and staff with interests in South America. Can support study abroad, research or other activities. For information, email Nadia Rubaii. Applications and questions should be directed to Nadia Rubaii (nadia.rubaii@binghamton.edu). 

Reeves-Ellington Study Abroad Scholarship: Awarded to matriculated graduate or undergraduate students with demonstrated interest in international study or languages. Strong consideration is given to CCPA students. Additional information available on this website.