“The Oval Office project stretched our policy and politics muscles to the max,” said Master of Public Policy student Adrienne Nunez, whose team presented a carbon pricing policy.
"I’m studying public policy because I want to be able to make a positive impact on the broken healthcare system we have in the United States."
On SPP's most recent trip, students visited the Massachusetts State House, met with professionals working in the environmental and health policy and co-operative business fields, and heard about career opportunities in municipal government.
The Dec. 7 workshop by Valerie Young, author of "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women," is sponsored by the School of Public Policy and the Women's Fund of Western Mass.
"I believe that working in the policy world will allow me to work from the inside to make the changes I hope will help our country as well as other countries. I am most interested in making changes to the way we treat refugees, asylees and immigrants."
"I’m studying public policy to gain a further understanding and focus on immigration policy, as well as practical experience on the interplay of this policy area to other important policy areas such as the economy, criminal justice, and education."
In her fellowship, through the Civic Action Project, Berman researched legislative initiatives, crafted strategic messaging, wrote testimony to present to the Massachusetts Legislature — and gained experience and connections that helped her land a job as a legislative aide.
Palladino, a new member of the School of Public Policy faculty, testified in favor of a corporate stock buyback ban in front of a U.S. House Committee on Financial Services subcommittee.
An economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Havlin also is the chief statistical consultant for the start-up political polling company Point Blank Political.