"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.
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.
The UMass Amherst team hopes to build on their experience at the Agirre Lehendakaria Center in Bilbao, Spain, to create opportunities for student research there.