Anna came to DMGS from Catholic University where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies. It was there that she became interested in Terrorism and Counter-terrorism. She says that she applied to The Daniel Morgan Graduate School because it stood out as an innovative and growing institution and she was, not only attracted by the outstanding faculty bios, but also especially looked forward to being in a small intimate classroom setting with these top-tier scholar-practitioners.
“The faculty teach from their vast real-life experience and inspire conversations about today’s most important issues.”
Anna was particularly fond of her classroom experiences with Dr. Steven Meyer, the Dean of Graduate Studies, and Professor James Anibal, an adjunct professor in the Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV) program. She describes how Dr. Meyer transformed a basic introductory class into fascinating foray into the workings of the National Security Community.
Gilbert was introduced to DMGS by a former Dean at CUNY, where he was completing his Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management. He already had an extremely successful career in his native Congo, where he was the Chief of Division of Airport Security for the country’s main airport.
When he learned of DMGS’ degree program, he realized the positive direction and career advancement that embarking upon the school’s National Security Master’s program could give him.
“I made the sacrifice to take the time out of my career because, although I had a good position, I wanted a degree that would propel me so much higher than before. As such, the most important thing when taking this step was to make sure that I found a program with content that was highly relevant and practical.”
It was at DMGS that Gilbert found, not only that relevant content, but also so much more.
Shannon’s initial aspiration was to be a Marine biologist. However, after she went to Germany to work with refugees, she realized that she really wanted to do something to help people in war-torn circumstances. This drove her to change her undergraduate degree to major in Global Conflict Studies.
Shannon’s undergraduate experience also fostered in her a love of Europe and she subsequently embarked upon a semester in Croatia where she attended The School of Diplomacy in Dubrovnik. There she worked with – and mentored under – Lord Jack McConnell, former First Minister of Scotland as well as the Ambassador of Montenegro to Croatia. Shannon was fortunate enough to work closely with these two high profile people and to take an active role in addressing the fallout of the Balkan Wars by devising solutions to mend the conflict-affected areas through cultural bridge-building endeavors.
Tomasz is an established freelance journalist from Poland, who already has an expertise in the Soviet Zone and frontline issues. A prolific writer, he has already published three books. His first book, Across the Wild East, describes the journey he took as he led an expedition from Siberia to India, retracing the footsteps of prisoners escaping from the terrible “Long Walk,” the story of which was also featured in the 2010 movie, The Way Back. Tomasz’ second book, Life and Death on the Dead Road, tackles the equally compelling subject of Stalin’s failed Siberian railroad, where 200,000 men, including many of Tomasz’ fellow countrymen, were forced into slave labor and suffered appallingly to build the railroad. In cooperation with New York University, Tomasz chronicled his journey to reach the furthest section of that railroad, known as “The Dead Road.” Thomasz third and most recent publication, Borders of Dreamlands centers upon contemporary Russian politics, in particular the frozen conflicts of the Russian separatist states. It is currently being translated into English.
Margalita was searching to develop her career credentials and knowhow beyond a merely theoretical grasp. Having worked in government for the last 10 years and with one Master’s degree already behind her, she was looking for a program with an intensely practical emphasis.
“I went to the best schools and possessed extensive academic knowledge but the real world of work that I entered demanded other skills from me; skills that I had not yet been taught. I saw that what I and others needed was to be taught by active practitioners who would in turn make us better practitioners. That is what I found here at The Daniel Morgan School of National Security”.
Referred by a friend, Margalita subsequently found that practical working knowledge in the M.A. program at DMGS. Margalita is especially pleased with the school’s outstanding scholar practitioner faculty, who she realizes are giving her the practical skills she needs to build her real-world capabilities. In talking about her experience at the school, she emphasizes the fact that the faculty approach is one of coaching and mentorship rather than mere instruction.
Born and raised in New York, Kenneth attributes his work ethic, dedication and perseverance to his two strong and steadfast grandmothers who both had emigrated here in the ‘70s. It was this strong grandparental influence, which he describes as “like superglue,” that he claims was instrumental in keeping him on the straight and narrow, instilling great pride in his African American and West Indies heritage and pointing him on the path to success.
“I was your classic bright kid who was too curious for his own good — that sometimes got me into trouble. My grandmothers were a stabilizing force and always held their doors open to me. I am grateful for their sacrifices.”
A seemingly unrelated career path brought Kenneth to DMGS. He was, in fact, a visual artist for most of his life, having begun pursuing this passion since the early years of “drawing on walls.”