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School of Public Policy Students on the Ballot

Graduate students Tom Hendrickson, Brad Riley, and Israel Rivera are running for City Council seats in their communities — making them part of a proud tradition of SPP students and alums serving in public office.

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Vicarelli Examines Effects of Extreme Precipitations on Physical and Cognitive Development of Children

A new paper coauthored by the School of Public Policy professor examines how "weather shocks" affected children in poor rural areas of Mexico.

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Kamensky to Teach Spring SPP Class

The former deputy director of Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government will teach a course on performance management.

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Internship Spotlight: Cas Martin, Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ+ Students

"I’m a proud queer/trans person passionate about education and social change," Cas says. "I’m studying public policy to ensure that all LGBTQ+ youth of all backgrounds have access to safe, supportive, and inclusive schools."

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SPP to Host Virtual Info Sessions

Prospective students are invited to information sessions on October 21 or November 15, where they'll meet students and staff and learn more about SPP's graduate degree programs.

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Alumni Profile: Dillon Coutinho, MPP '19

Since graduating from SPP, Coutinho has worked at Pearl Initiative, a United Arab Emirates-based think tank focused on corporate governance, accountability, and workplace transparency in the Gulf region. 

SPP Opens Admissions for 2022

Applications for the School of Public Policy's graduate programs are now being reviewed on an rolling-admissions basis. A virtual information session is scheduled for Oct. 21.

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SPP-led Research Reveals COVID’s Impact on Vermont Households

SPP Professor Marta Vicarelli and students Madeline Leue and Elizabeth Murphy were part of the team that looked at how disruptions in childcare, mental health issues, economic concerns, and other factors affected families.

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Zuckerman, Colleagues to Study Racially Targeted Misinformation

SPP's Zuckerman is part of a UMass team that has received a $129,000 National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator grant.

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Students Propose Crowdfunding Platform for LGBT+ Issues

Derek Dunlea and Taylor Lewis developed a plan for the platform, called LGBTQrowd, in SPP's Workshop in Public Policy course.