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.
"Nothing can substitute for real-world experience, so get as much of that as you can—western Massachusetts has a great nonprofit culture, and taking advantage of that before, during, and after grad school set me up for success as a nonprofit executive today."
The students visited the United Nations and the Alliance for Downtown New York, met with UMass Amherst alumnae working in the city, and learned about career opportunities in the public service field.
"The state’s political circle is fairly small—if you do not know someone directly, someone else in your professional contacts does. I was surprised how willing people were to introduce you to their professional contacts to help the cause in any way possible."
Heim will deliver her lecture, “Who Pays, Who Benefits, Who Decides? Property Developers and the Political Economy of Urban Growth,” on Wednesday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in the Old Chapel.
Over the past two years, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy has leaped 26 spots on the list of top graduate programs.
"Further down the line I may consider running for public office. I try to not set limitations on my goals and understand that I need to look at every opportunity that is presented to me. That is how I got to where I am now, and I wouldn’t do it any other way."