A Trip Down Memory Lane

DC Outreach Trip

Dear GPS Alumni,

I remember Feb. 13, 2004, very well. Madeleine Albright addressed the students of GPS (then IR/PS). That date also happened to be my first day as the School’s new assistant director of admissions. Like Albright, I am an immigrant, and GPS attracted me with the promise of a multicultural student population and its dedication to developing solutions to global challenges. I was even more thrilled to represent the School and recruit bright young minds to its program knowing that, in addition to an internationally renowned faculty, students would have access to hear from trailblazers like the first female U.S. Secretary of State.

In 2016, after nearly two years in admissions and another 12 in career services, I accepted my current position as the School’s director of alumni engagement. Over the past 16 years, I’ve collected a rich reservoir of fond memories and a deep appreciation for the caliber of our students and alumni.


As I look back, I clearly remember recruitment fairs – both domestic and overseas – speaking with future students and encouraging them to apply. I also enjoyed collaborating with students to coordinate GPS’s inaugural Careers in International Development (now known as Dev Night), planning career orientations and a multitude of alumni-student career connection events and talks, including several employer outreach trips to San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Cultural events like the Lunar New Year Celebration and LASO Fest became an annual favorite of mine. Some of these elements still show up in our annual alumni weekend events, because I believe they are great memories for our alumni as well.

I feel deeply connected to GPS and its alumni community, now more than 3,000 graduates strong. This community has never been stronger or more committed to the School. Through the years, I’ve spoken with many of you and know this to be true.

What are some of your favorite GPS (IR/PS) memories? I invite you to send your memories and photos so we may share them with the greater alumni community online. If you send us photos, please remember to tell us where the photo was taken, the occasion and who was with you. Also, if you’ve recently relocated, changed jobs or have other great news to share, submit a class note.

I hope to see many of you for this year's GPS and ISP Alumni Weekend Reunion on May 16, 2020. Register today!

Warm regards from the Robinson Building Complex,

Nurit Mandel
Director of Alumni Engagement
UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy