The School of Public Policy and UMass Civic Engagement and Service Learning are working with the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts on a course that helps students bring about social change in their communities.
"The State House is a busy and exciting place, and it is important to be able to shift your focus from one issue to another at a moment's notice. Being able to understand the nuances of many different policy areas is a valuable skill when working in the legislature."
Charlie Schweik and Brenda Bushouse are on a team of UMass Amherst researchers who received the grant to help better understand the interplay between policy design and human behavior.
"I see the disconnect between health care providers and policy makers as a big challenge in our system, and I want to learn how I can bridge that gap."
The new hires are part of a five-year growth plan at SPP, which includes an expansion of graduate programs and the creation of an undergraduate major.
Olivia Laramie received the Pure Water for the World scholarship, given to a student committed to changing the lives of girls and women in developing countries.
Students in the School of Public Policy seminar will work on an international collaborative project focused on consumer protection and online privacy rights in the Americas.
The seminar, taught by Distinguished University Professor Jane Fountain, will consider the benefits and negative consequences of an increasingly digitalized society, economy, and governments.