October 23, 2014
(Courtesy UMass Amherst Civic Engagement and Service-Learning)
|Citizen Scholars Program students with Rep. Ellen Story and Gloria DiFulvio.|
Gloria DiFulvio, Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director of Public Health Sciences, led a group of students in the Public Policy and Citizen Action course to the Massachusetts State House. The course is part of the Citizen Scholars Program (CSP), a two-year, academic service-learning program sponsored by UMass Amherst Civic Engagement and Service-Learning that connects real experiences in the community to coursework.
DiFulvio and the students in the course explored issues of democracy, power, policy-making, and funding at the State House in Boston. Representative Ellen Story and members of her staff, Brad Dye and CSP alum Amanda Jusino ’11, talked candidly about their paths to and experiences in their work. Students also deepened their learning through meetings with Rep. John Scibak, Rep. Paul McMurtry, former Rep. Steve D’Amico, and Chris Dunn, Director of Public And Constituent Relations for UMass Amherst. The CSP students are currently studying public policy as a tool for social change. They are developing a policy analysis that connects to their work with local community organizations. CSP will begin accepting applications for the next academic year in January. Read more about CSP here.