Annual Washington D.C. Networking Trip

Each year SPP graduate students visit Washington, DC as part of the Professional Development Seminar or Prosem. The Prosem has become an integral part of both the MPPA and MPP curriculum. This seminar offers students opportunities to sharpen their job-seeking and networking abilities in sessions that enhance their skills in writing cover letters and resumes, public speaking, interviewing, social networking and more.  The trip to DC is designed to give students exposure to the wide range of professional opportunities that are available to them as graduates of our programs.  Students meet SPP alumni and other policy professionals who are working in a variety of government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

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"My degree has opened a lot of doors for me in a variety of fields ranging from fundraising and development to internet policy to communications and marketing. To me, versatility is the greatest value I have received from my degree."

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School of Public Policy Professor Charlie Schweik and graduate student Dillon Coutinho recently introduced a group of students from the United Arab Emirates to the “makerspace” concept of collective problem-solving.

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The workshop, to take place August 1 and 1 in Washington, DC, will consider how sustainable diets influence dietary patterns, the food system, and population and public health.

Fellows receive support to introduce sustainability topics in their courses.

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The grants will allow the recipients to teach in a cutting-edge facility where students can connect with speakers and experts from around the globe.

SPP’s standing in the report’s Public Affairs category moved up 22 spots since the last review of graduate programs.

M.V. Lee Badgett

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Lee Badgett

M. V. Lee Badgett is Professor of Economics and served as director of the UMass Center for Public Policy and Administration (now the School of Public Policy) from 2007-2016. She is also a distinguished scholar at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law. Her most recent book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, addresses the core issues in marriage debates in European countries and the U.S. She drew on that work in her recent testimony in the Perry v.


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