Students in Professor Betsy Schmidt's Nonprofit Law and Management course are using what they’re learning in class to help Womanshelter/Compañeras, which supports domestic violence survivors.
A group of SPP and UMass alumni connected with students to talk about their work in government, consulting, the nonprofit sector, research, advocacy, and other policy and public service fields.
The study, conducted through the School of Public Policy's workshop course, asked mayors and town managers about their communities' ability to administer vaccines, among other topics.
School of Public Policy Professor Michael Ash coauthored the study, “Green For All: Integrating Air Quality and Environmental Justice into the Clean Energy Transition."
"I'm studying public policy — specifically reproductive justice and immigrants’ rights policy — in an attempt to improve our country, which is currently failing many of our most vulnerable folks."
In "Strategies for Governing: Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century," SPP Director Roberts argues that the field needs to shift its focus to macro-level questions about the role of government and how it is designed to meet the needs of citizens in turbulent times.
This semester, students will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Massachusetts communities, develop resources on nature-based solutions to pressing global problems, and work to support economic opportunities for LGBTI people around the world.
Liana Ascolese, SPP class of 2017, is national legislative director of the Every Voice Coalition, which works on legislation to address the pervasive problem of sexual assaults of college students.
"Developing and implementing good policy takes a village! Municipalities, corporations, CDCs, foundations, universities, individuals—everyone must be on board, committed and tirelessly working towards equity to get things to change."