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Getting to Know New Policy Council Members: Shazia Miller


Dr. Shazia Miller is Senior Vice President at NORC at the University of Chicago. She is also a newly elected member of the Policy Council as an institutional representative. Let's find out some more about Dr. Miller in this brief interview. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m Shazia Miller, and I’m the Senior Vice President leading the Education and Child Development department at NORC at the University of Chicago. I have worked on a wide range of educational issues, but my expertise lies most strongly in studies of college access and success.

How did you first learn about APPAM?

I went to my first APPAM conference in graduate school. It was an clear choice for someone who has always wanted to use research to support good public policy decision-making.

What made you want to join the Policy Council?

At this point in my career, I have learned a lot about the work of different public policy organizations and the ways they can have impact. I believe these insights will be of value as I work with the rest of the Policy Council. I’ve also learned a lot about the need for and means by which to gather insights from a broad range of participants, so I hope to also put those skills to work.

What do you think is the most important thing that the Policy Council can do to help the membership?

I believe we can greatly improve the quality and utility of our research by even more strongly engaging policymaking, practitioner, and funding communities in APPAM activities.

What is your favorite APPAM Conference City?

I really love Denver. The mountains are so beautiful.

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