IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
She began her IUPUI days caressing the strings of her violin, but Una Dragic’s college career is following a different melody these days as the Bepko Scholar pursues a degree in public affairs in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).
Una immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995 from Sarajevo, Bosnia, and first came to campus for violin lesson in the IU School of Music. Her love of music remains a passion — she plays piano and violin both, and spends much of her free time listening to one type of music or another — but her ultimate goal is now to build a career in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, perhaps in a college setting.
The Warren Central High School graduate has wasted no time plunging headfirst into campus life at IUPUI. Una is a regular volunteer in IUPUI’s traditional Martin Luther King Jr. “day of service” activities, has collected coats for kids, and is a familiar face on Campus Day clean-up events.
Una has been active in campus life from her early days at IUPUI. She has been president of the SPEA Student Council and SPEA Ambassadors, and vice president of Phi Eta Sigma. In addition, Una is a longstanding member of IUPUI’s Student Foundation, serving as the external chair of Jagathon (formerly the IUPUI Dance Marathon), an event that raises money for Riley Hospital for Children.
Una has excelled academically at IUPUI, regularly appearing on the SPEA dean’s list. She has been a student leader in the Evan Bayh Leadership Summit and has mentored fellow IUPUI students in finite mathematics. She hopes to enter the accelerated master’s degree program in SPEA and graduate in 2010 with both bachelors and masters degrees in public affairs.