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The International Relations Student Association (IRSA) is the official graduate student organization representing the
 needs and interests of graduate students within Syracuse University¨s International Relations (IR) Program in the Maxwell
 School of Citizenship a
nd Public Affairs. It is a student run organization that functions under the guidance of a student
 elected executive board and with the membership of all International Relations graduate students.

 In its organizational capacity, IRSA exists for the purposes of fostering an environment conducive to communal
 significance. IRSA charters itself to provide an open forum through which the legitimate concerns of the International
 Relations graduate student community can be addressed. Additionally, IRSA obligates itself to the provision of
 opportunities and activities that stimulate a growth of both IR graduate students and the Graduate Program in
 International Relations in perpetuity.


Charter of the International Relations Student Association


 IRSA Executive Board


Stacy Lemery


Stacy serves as the President of the International Relations Association (IRSA), at the Maxwell School. She is responsible for representing IRSA to Syracuse University and the community, as well as implementing the organization's vision of outreach, diversity. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in BA Spanish, BA Foreign Language & International Trade.



 Lindsey Spector

 Vice President

Lindsey holds a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from Nazareth College of Rochester. While working at the Former Congressman Eric Massa’s Office, she Conducted research to determine funding available for organizations and individuals within the district. She also compiled comments from constituents and provided this information to the Congressman to help with decision making for upcoming legislative vote. She publicized town hall meetings to promote transparency and increase the Congressman’s public interaction.



 Ishrat Saleem


Isharat is the Secretary of IRSA. She holds a bachelors in Englush Literature and Journalism from Lahore College for Women (affiliated University of the Punjab). She Coordinated with a Dutch journalist in the production of a documentary report on divorce in Pakistan from women’s perspective for BBC Radio, UK. Together, they conducted interviews of several women seeking divorce, who were then living in a shelter home ‘Dastak’ in Lahore as well as Pakistan’s leading women’s and human rights activists and lawyers. The documentary was critically acclaimed by several newspapers in UK.



Ngan Diep


Ngan is the treasurer of IRSA. She holds BS Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego 2008.She is currently pursing a dual Masters Degree in International Relations and Economics at the Maxwell School.



 Robert Hoffman

 Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Representative

Robert is the GSO for IRSA.He holds a Bachelors in Economics from University of Illinois Urbana.While interning at the Illinois State Treasurer’s Offce, he Worked closely with the public relations department to develop educational materials on Illinois State Treasurer program.He oversaw development and maintenance of sections of the Illinois State Treasurer website, including statistical analysis of website.



Ibrahim ElGandour, Leila Kabalan

 Cultural Affairs Representatives,

Ibrabim ElGandour & Leila Kabalan

 Cultural Affairs Representative

Ibrahim is one of the cultural affairs representatives. He holds a Bachelors of Art in Economics From the American University of Baruit, Labanon. He held a record outlining extensive internships in various fields. His last position was a Research and Outreach assistant at the Institute of Finance, the training and communication center of the Lebanese Ministry of Finance. His experiences enabled him to cope with different working environments and work under different constraints.

Laila is the second cultural affairs representaive. She holds a BA International Affairs from the
Lebanese American University. She is currrently doing her masters degree in International Relations at the Maxwell School with concentations in Global Development and Negotiation Conflict Resolution.  


Odunayo Arowolo


Odunayo Arowlo is the IRSA/MAXPAC Liaison.She was born in Nigeria, where she lived until immigrating  to the United States in June 2010. She graduated from Bowen University Iwo Nigeria with a BSc in Computer Science..She is currently pursing a dual Masters Degree in International Relations and Economics at the Maxwell School.


Odunayo Arowolo


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