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Professor Lee Badgett sitting at a conference table

Badgett Lead Author of New Report on LGB Rights and the Economy

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.

Professor Ellen Pader and students  Saachi Mukerjee, Janelle Sochet, James Mazarakis and Joseph Langlois

Class Project Builds Bridges between Students and Campus Workers

Stories and posters from the project will be on display at the UMass Amherst Building Bridges Showcase on April 9.

Professor Carol Heim receiving a Chancellor's Medal from Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy

Heim Receives Chancellor's Medal

The School of Public Policy and Department of Economics faculty member received the honor after delivering a UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture.

Christa Burdick, Jackie Urla and Krista Harper at the workshop at the Agirre Center

Harper and Colleagues Lead Workshop in Basque Country

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.

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Alumni Profile: Amy Ferrer, MPPA 2008

"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."

School of Public Policy and UWiL students outside the United Nations

Public Policy and UWiL Students Network in New York

 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. 

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Internship Spotlight: Liz Berman, Freedom for All Massachusetts

"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."

Head shot of Professor Carol E. Heim

Heim to Speak in Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

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.

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School of Public Policy Continues to Rise in US News & World Report Rankings

Over the past two years, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy has leaped 26 spots on the list of top graduate programs. 

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Alumni Profile: Emily Hajjar, MPP 2015

"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."