2019 Public Policy Camp

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About Our Policy Camps

The Public Policy Camp is an APPAM initiative aimed at introducing the field of public policy to a group of students who might not otherwise be familiar with it, and increasing the pipeline of diverse students into APPAM institutional member graduate public policy and public affairs schools.  We know that only by having all voices at the table can we be successful in our efforts of improving critical public policies for all.  

In 2019 we hosted two policy camps. The first was in the spring with the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the second took place at American University's School of Public Affairs on September 27th. 

 

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

March 12, 2019

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American University

September 27, 2019

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2019 APPAM / AU School of Public Administration Policy Camp

Friday, September 27th, 2019
9:30 am – 5 pm
American University - Butler Board Room

 

On September 27, American University's School of Public Affairs (SPA) and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) will host a Public Policy Camp. The event is a way for undergraduate students to discuss the study of public policy and analysis and potential career paths with policy professionals. Public Policy Camp is open to all D.C.-area undergraduates, especially those from diverse backgrounds.

During the event, Public Policy Camp participants will engage with other students from across the region. They will learn more about the public policy field, meet leaders who work in field, and explore career and graduate study opportunities related to policy. 

 

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APPAM POLICY BOOT CAMP AGENDA

SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

BUTLER BOARDROOM, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY (AU)

 

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast
Attendees will check in. A light breakfast will be available.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of the Day
Overview of the camp, including schedule and goals for the day.

Introductions by:

Alison Jacknowitz, Senior Associate Dean, School of Public Affairs, AU
Tara Sheehan, Executive Director, APPAM
Vicky Wilkins, Dean, School of Public Affairs, AU

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Introduction to the Policy Field
Presentation on the current state of the public policy field by Professor Sonja Walti.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Careers in Policy Lunch Panel
Masters- and PhD-level professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including academic, think tanks, research organizations, and government, discuss their careers, what their larger impact is, and what skills they use to do their job. Panel moderated by David Morar.

Panelists include:

Jean Accius, Senior Vice President, AARP Policy Institute
TaLisa J. Carter, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, AU
Veronica Charles, Government Affairs Manager, The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Andrew Flores, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, AU
Cortney Sanders, Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Portia Polk, Program Associate, Ascend at the Aspen Institute; Adjunct Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the District of Columbia 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Real World Group Policy Exercise
Groups of attendees will work on a policy problem exercise lead by Professor Alison Jacknowitz, including a discussion of the policy problem, stakeholders, analysis and data needed, and the political landscape.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Policy Student Panel
Current Masters and PhD students discuss their decision to attend graduate school, their experience in their graduate programs, and advice for attendees. Panel moderated by Radhika Sikhakhane.

Panelists include:

Eric Childress, PhD student
Jourdan Davis, PhD student
Alberto Jacinto, PhD student
Dinh Nguyen, PhD student
Valeria Ojeda-Avita, MPP student
Milika Robbins, MPP student
Erin Williams, MPP student

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Program Directors and Admissions Panel
Current program directors and admissions directors provide an overview of degree requirements, admissions processes, and degree funding. Panel moderated by Dave Marcotte.

Panelists include:

Lindsey Duble-Dice, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, George Washington University
Taryn Faulkner, Director of Admissions, University of Maryland-College Park
Jennifer Forney, Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment, American University
Julie Ito, Director of Admissions, Georgetown University
Bonnie Stabile, Director of MPP Program, George Mason University

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Closing and Ice Cream Social
Boot camp closing, certificate of completion distribution, and networking with other attendees, program directors, and admissions directors. 

 
 
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APPAM Policy Boot Camp Agenda
September 27, 2019
Butler Boardroom, American University
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast
Attendees will check in and receive their badges, an agenda for the day, and their table
assignment.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of the Day
Overview of the camp including schedule and goals for the day.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Introduction to the Policy Field
Presentation on the current state of the public policy field.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Careers in Policy Lunch Panel
Masters- and PhD-level professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including academic, think
tanks, research organizations, and government, discuss their careers, what their larger impact is,
and what skills they use to do their job.
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Real World Group Policy Exercise
Groups of attendees will work on a policy problem including a discussion of the policy problem,
stakeholders, analysis and data needed, and the political landscape.
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Policy Student Panel
Current Masters and PhD students discuss their decision to attend graduate school, their
experience in their graduate programs, and advice for attendees.
3:15 PM –3:30 PM: Break
3:30 PM –4:30 PM: Program Directors and Admissions Panel
Current program directors and admissions directors provide an overview of degree
requirements, admissions processes, and degree funding.
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Closing and Ice Cream Social
Boot camp closing, certificate of completion distribution, and networking with other attendees,
program directors, and admissions directors.

2019 APPAM / School of Public Policy at UMBC Policy Camp for Undergraduates from Diverse Backgrounds
Being the Change: Exploring a Career in Public Policy

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery – UMBC, 7th Floor

 

UMBC

The APPAM-UMBC Public Policy Camp was presented on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland.  It was designed for promising undergraduate (sophomore – senior) students of from underrepresented groups who want to make a difference in their communities.  

The idea behind the event was that having diverse perspectives at the policy table leads to better, more effective and inclusive, public policy.

Policy Camp participants:
• engaged with students from across the Mid-Atlantic region, UMBC Public Policy faculty and our alumni on public and social issues,
• learned about the skills necessary to design and implement good public policy,
• met leaders who live and work in the policy field,
• explored the career possibilities gained by having a public policy and administration skill set,
• and left excited about public policy as an academic, personal and professional pathway.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CAMP?  Email myriam@umbc.edu

 

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