Why Public Engagement?

As citizens and as scholars, we have an interest in today’s debates about public policy, conversations about the state of the world, and imagining a different future. Read more about the Public Engagement Projects' Mission and Vision

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Sanjay Arwade, 2020 PEP Fellow, discusses the Academic Center for Reliability and Resilience of Offshore Wind (ARROW)

Sanjay Arwade discussed the Academic Center for Reliability and Resilience of Offshore Wind (ARROW), a multimillion dollar national center of excellence to accelerate reliable and equitable offshore wind energy deployment across the nation and produce a well-educated domestic offshore wind workforce. “Offshore wind is at an earlier stage,” he says. “There’s a lot of offshore wind in Northern Europe and a little bit here — basically three projects are operating in the United States: Block Island, Vineyard Wind, and one in Virginia. So we’re at an earlier stage, but the potential is huge.” Read more here and here

Jonathan Wynn, 2017 PEP Fellow, shares more insight into a book he co-authored on Jonathan Wynn, sociology, discusses a book he has co-authored about the mixed effects nonprofit hospitals have on the neighborhoods they operate in

“Yes, poverty does lead to unequal health outcomes, but why is it then that you have these premier institutions…that cannot address those needs?” Wynn asks. “What are the barriers that exist—culturally, symbolically, emotionally, socially—that prevent people from having access to it? That’s why we call it a paradox.” Read more here

Jonathan Wynn, 2017 PEP Fellow, contributed to an article exploring the ‘paradox’ of medically overserved communities facing worse health outcomes

“The big flashy hospitals that everybody thinks about when we think about the largess of American health care – and they have incredible accomplishments happening inside their walls –"  Jonathan Wynn mentioned  "One of the things we notice is that not only does it not translate to local communities, but hospitals actually turn out to be pretty poor neighbors a lot of the time and actually have negative effects” Read more here and here

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In appreciation of their generous support, the UMass Public Engagement Project would like to thank the Office of the ProvostUniversity Relations, and the Colleges of Natural SciencesSocial and Behavioral Sciences Humanities and Fine ArtsEngineeringPublic Health and Health Sciences, and Education.  The UMass Public Engagement Project also recognizes and appreciates in-kind contributions and collaborations with the Center for Research on Families and the Institute for Social Science Research