UMass Public Affairs Programs Meet to Discuss Collaboration Possibilities

Left to right: Thomas Piñeros-Shields, Nikolay Anguelov, Michael Goodman, Satu Zoller, David Cash, Chad McGuire, Michael Johnson, Alasdair Roberts
Left to right: Thomas Piñeros-Shields, Nikolay Anguelov, Michael Goodman, Satu Zoller, David Cash, Chad McGuire, Michael Johnson, Alasdair Roberts

Leaders from the public affairs programs at four University of Massachusetts campuses recently convened to discuss opportunities for collaboration and connection among students and faculty across the system.

The March 29 meeting, held at the UMass Club in Boston, included:

• Director Alasdair Roberts and Associate Director Satu Zoller of the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy

• Dean David Cash and Michael Johnson, professor and chair of the department of public policy and public affairs of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston

• Michael Goodman, professor and executive director of the Public Policy Center; Chad McGuire, associate professor and department chair of public policy; and Nikolay Anguelov, assistant professor of public policy at UMass Dartmouth

• Thomas Piñeros-Shields, director of the public administration program, and Jason Carter, faculty member and interdisciplinary programs coordinator at UMass Lowell

The representatives discussed ways to make it easier for students to access courses and other resources at all four programs, as well as ways to connect faculty across campuses. They also spoke about plans for jointly publicizing programs, research, projects and news from the four schools. 

“There are many exciting things happening at each of the UMass public affairs programs,” said Roberts of UMass Amherst. “Were interested in finding ways to connect faculty, allow students to benefit from opportunities across the UMass system, and share news about our work with the broader community.”