Students take on 4 local and timely policy topics [video]

Have the posts on this site seemed a little sparse lately? I haven’t been slacking off. In fact, I’ve been busier than ever working with twenty-one students from Amherst College, UMass, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Oberlin in the context of a January term course on applied public policy. The group split into four policy teams, and recruited a “client organization” for each:

  • The charter schools team linked up with the nascent Springfield Promise Neighborhood Committee
  • The biomass team linked up with Arise for Social Justice’s biomass taskforce
  • The food security team linked up with the Holyoke Health Center and the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council
  • The homelessness team linked up with Interfaith Housing Corporation in Amherst

We have been working hard to include a very diverse range of stakeholders (not just the client org itself), with an emphasis on underrepresented groups. And we have been using a variety of media in order to tell a compelling story. You can see what we’ve done in photos, videos, and words on our splashy course web site (a wiki, really). Students will present their work at a special event at Amherst College on February 4th at 5PM (reception at 4:30). All are welcome. RSVP here. The students have done amazing work,. We are excited about raising the level of debate, and broadening participation in the debate of these regionally relevant and timely issues (does that sound like a familiar objective?). Click on my face to see a CH40 snippet about the course, and here’s an interview by Monte Belmonte with me and two students that aired on WRSI and WHMP.


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