After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations at Cornell University, Dragica Mikavica moved to New York to work for a nonprofit organization that worked on social and emotional learning program delivery in New York City public schools. “Two and a half years in, however, I knew I missed international affairs,” said Dragica. Soon after this realization, she attended a graduate career fair at The New School. “The Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGPIA) career session, where I heard the program director speak, was enough to convince me: my place was here, in the middle of the city I loved, close to the United Nations” added Dragica.
When asked about the best part of being a student at The New School, Dragica replied, “The New School is a place where you delve into social theory and learn critical thinking skills. This place truly makes you into someone who looks at every possible angle of every social issue. It is innovative, progressive, and unafraid to examine the world and find unique solutions. It is a place where you can create your own rich experience if you are curious, present, and diligent. Being in New York, it is also well-situated for putting your classroom knowledge to practice, as I did at the United Nations. Moreover, I was impressed with the quality of my instructors and material covered in my two years at SGPIA.”
After obtaining her MA in International Affairs from The New School, Dragica worked as a full-time junior researcher at United Nations Development Programme’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, performing UN-based policy research on conflict prevention. Also during this time, Dragica facilitated a curriculum in peace education working alongside Move This World (formerly Dance 4Peace) in the Bronx, New York. Dragica currently serves as an Advocacy Officer at Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, a policy advocacy network-based organization in New York, where she leads the design and implementation of its advocacy strategies aimed at advancing the United Nations Security Council’s children and armed conflict agenda.