Beacon Hill Project to Connect Students with State House

Massachusetts State House

This fall, the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst launches the Beacon Hill Project, a new initiative that will bring SPP students to the Massachusetts State House for an inside look at the policymaking process.

Students will make monthly trips to Boston throughout the academic year, with each visit focused on a specific theme, including the budget process, social policy, the environment, technology and infrastructure policy, and gender and politics. Through meetings with lawmakers, legislative and executive branch staffers, and policy advocates, students will learn about how policies are shaped and laws created. They'll also develop professional connections as they plan their careers in the public policy arena.

"Our students will have an up-close view of state politics and government," said SPP Director Al Roberts.

About the School of Public Policy: Established in 2016, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy is a hub for research and teaching, preparing students for leadership in public service. The program’s focuses include social change and public policy related to science and technology.

Maureen Turner, communications manager, School of Public Policy

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