"I was able to create UMass Women into Leadership from scratch, so that in itself is amazing. As I reflect on our fifth year, I am grateful for the network of supporters that we have cultivated, too. These supporters—including many SPP alums, faculty, and staff—have helped to mentor UWiL students in countless ways."
Students in the program will complete a year of study at the JKLU campus, then come to UMass to complete their Master of Public Policy degree.
Professor Marta Vicarelli used a Ken Feinberg Course Development Grant to bring in speakers working on innovative sustainability efforts around the world.
"Even the seemingly smallest policy issues have a lot of different stakeholders and angles to consider. It really puts the legislative process into perspective."
In the project's first year, School of Public Policy students met with more than three dozen policy professionals from government, think tanks, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and higher education, many of them alumni of the program.
Leaders from the four campuses met to discuss ways to make it easier for students to access courses and other resources across the programs, among other initiatives.
The study found that nations offering more rights to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people enjoy significantly higher per capita GDP than those who trail in LGB equality, and that nations fostering exclusion of LGB people are causing harms to their economies.