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Alumni Profile: Reily Connaughton, MPP 2018

A budget and policy analyst for the state of Rhode Island, Connaughton finds that working in state government "gives you the opportunity to partner with some key decisionmakers you otherwise wouldn’t have exposure to."

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SPP Student Named US Fish & Wildlife Fellow

Michael Crowley is working with the FWS Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program as part of the fellowship, which fast tracks students for leadership roles within the agency.

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Alumni Profile: Puja Minni, MPPA 2010

"The world doesn’t change overnight, it doesn’t change by one person, and it doesn’t want to change its inefficient systems (economic and social) that are already in place. But that doesn’t and shouldn’t stop one from trying to make continuous efforts in trying to make small changes which would eventually lead to a big change for a small sub-section of the world."

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Recent Alum Publishes Paper on Harassment of Female Politicians

Olivia Laramie's capstone project, “The Impact of Discriminatory Harassment on Gender Representation in Elected Office in the United States,” has been published in the RAIS Journal for Social Science.

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Alumni Profile: Mike Pease, MPPA 2017

"I have been in the workforce for nearly forty years. Working in government and not-for-profits, I came to realize that good administration and governance are not born from intuition, experience, and chance alone."

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Bushouse Receives Learning Sciences Exchange Fellowship

The two-year fellowship brings together scholars, policymakers, and media professionals to work on ways to improve the lives of young children.

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Thaddeus Miller Joins School of Public Policy Faculty

Miller, an expert on sustainability and resilience governance, is one of four new faculty members recently hired under SPP’s expansion plan, all of whom will have their tenure homes in the school.

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A Statement of Solidarity from the Staff, Faculty, and Director of the School of Public Policy

"We join Chancellor Subbaswamy in his call to stand united and reject racism and bigotry in all its forms. We must do more than wring our hands. As social scientists and scholars of public policy, we have special capacity to identify and denounce structural injustice. We have a long way to go."

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Policy Students Present Capstone Projects

This year’s capstone topics included criminal justice, the environment, education, housing, migration, and gender discrimination.

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A Message to the SPP Community from Director Alasdair Roberts

"We must recognize the dignity and worth of every person. That is an American ideal expressed in the Universal Declaration. We join in solidarity with everyone who is standing for that ideal through protest today."