The University of Massachusetts Amherst


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SPP Sustainability Course Featured at Symposium

Professor Marta Vicarelli gave a keynote and presented research related to the UN Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School, which was codeveloped by the School of Public Policy.

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Wu Receives Award for "Philanthropic Gap" Research

"As the pandemic effects lay bare the deeply rooted disparities in the country," Wu says, "understanding the unequal longitudinal trajectories of philanthropic giving is fundamental to building a sustainable, healthy nonprofit sector that serves local communities for decades to come.”

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Alumni Profile: Cobi Frongillo, MPP '19

A researcher at the Mass. Legislative Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy, Frongillo says the best part of his job is "get[ting] to work every day to ensure my home state remains a leader in protecting the wellbeing of present and future generations."

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Dean Karl Rethemeyer Welcomes New SPP Students

"All of you are here because in your very specific, very personal ways, you want to be part of not just the debate but the solution," the dean told students. "We need you — your drive, your determination, your optimism, and your vision of the future — because we strongly believe that these crises demand a strong public sector writ large."

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US Rep. McGovern Helps SPP Kick Off New Year

The congressman's talk followed a day of orientation for the School of Public Policy's incoming class — the largest ever — and marked the fiftieth anniversary of public policy education at UMass. 

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Palladino Report Cited by White House

The SPP professor and Department of Economics colleague Chirag Lala analyzed the Biden administration's Build Back Better plan's potential for job creation in the home-care sector. 

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School of Public Policy Unveils New Prospectus

Timed to the 50th anniversary of the program, the piece celebrates SPP's accomplishments and looks forward to its future.

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Study Looks at Food Access during Pandemic

SPP Professor Krista Harper served as faculty advisor for the report, “Experiences of Local Food Provisioning during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding Resilience in the Local Food System.” 

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Rep. McGovern to Join SPP's Fall Kick Off

"A Conversation with Congressman Jim McGovern" will take place on August 31 at 3:30 p.m. in the UMass Old Chapel. The event is open to the community.

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School of Public Policy to Hire Two New Faculty Members

The positions are part of a multi-year expansion plan at the School of Public Policy, including new faculty, growth in its graduate programs, and plans for an undergraduate major.