Agora- agoraăg´ere [Gr.,=market], in
ancient Greece, the public square or marketplace of a city.
In early Greek history the agora
was primarily used as a place for public assembly; later it functioned
mainly as a center of commerce. Usually in a readily accessible part of the
city, it was often surrounded by the public buildings . . .
The objective of
Agora is to provide students with opportunities for academic and
professional development. AGORA achieves this through periodic skills
sessions and our annual student conference.
By emphasizing the importance of
diversity, AGORA maintains a commitment to fostering an environment
where students can investigate, share and explore divergent perspectives in
an atmosphere that allows for intellectual growth. The Forum requires
members agree to maintain a commitment to tolerance, respectfulness and
open-mindedness throughout all Agora activities.
In 1992, a group of dedicated female GSPIANs created
Women In Development (WID) as an on-campus organization focused on global
issues of women in developing countries. WID organized the first annual
conference that has since become a hallmark of the GSPIA Spring semester.
WID evolved into the GSPIA Women's Forum (GWF) in order to include all women
within GSPIA, regardless of degree program and major. GWF proudly continued
the annual conference and worked closely with other Pitt groups including
the Association of Women in
Public Health to co-promote various events & functions. AGORA
represents a continued evolution in response to the needs and interests of
fellow GSPIANs. AGORA understands the need for students to explore and
expand upon issues in their fields and we hope to provide a secure,
interactive and productive arena for this to occur. Throughout these
changes and evolutions, understanding and embracing diversity has remained
central and will continue to be a cornerstone of this organization.
Irene Tzinis, MPIA/SIS
Vice-President: Jay Fisher, MPIA/SIS
Jessica Newton-Kilgore, MPIA/GPE
Business Manager: Matthew Norman, MPIA/SIS