“There’s such a need now for people who are motivated to solve big public policy problems,” Palladino said. “I’m really excited to engage with students who are motivated, passionate, committed.”
"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."
There's still time to register for the Local Government Administration and Strategic Fundraising & Philanthropy courses, both of which begin July 8.
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.