Juan Jose Ibarretxe, former president of the Basque Autonomous Community and director of the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies, sat down for a podcast with SPP Director Al Roberts during a recent visit to UMass Amherst.
Dan Desrochers, an MPPA student, was part of a team that won the Best Communications Strategy Award at the 2018 NASPAA‐Batten Student Simulation Competition.
Members of the campus-wide team, which includes a School of Public Policy professor and student, recently presented the project at a United Nations conference in Paris.
"The best part of my job is being able to make a difference in the lives of constituents. I enjoy listening to their concerns and helping them solve whatever problems they experience and helping them come to a resolution."
Massachusetts State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose talked to students about a wide range of topics—from energy policy to electoral reform to the complex and sometimes frustrating process by which laws are made—during a visit to a class taught by School of Public Policy Professor Charlie Schweik.
"Walking into a school is a reminder that I came here to support schools in low-income communities like the one I grew up in. The real champions are the teachers and principals who inspire students despite real challenges."
This fall, the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst launches the Beacon Hill Project, a new initiative that will bring SPP students to the Massachusetts State House for an inside look at the policymaking process.
For decades, research has shown, mothers in the workforce have earned less than women without children. But as women have achieved higher levels of education and more extensive workplace experience, has that gap closed?
SPP’s standing in the report’s Public Affairs category moved up 22 spots since the last review of graduate programs.
School of Public Policy alumna Jackie Brousseau-Pereira, academic dean and director of first-year seminars at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has received a Community Salute in recognition of her positive contributions to campus and the greater western Massachusetts area.