October Events 2023

Join the School of Public Policy (SPP) this month for a variety of events!


UConn Hartford campus: A view of the UConn Hartford campus on Aug. 22, 2017. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

October 6th: Alumni Career Panel

“Don’t Get Fed Up: Pursuing Federal Career Opportunities”

From 12-1pm via Zoom

More information has been sent to students via email.

The front of the Hartford Times Buildings with UConn flags in front of it. UConn Hartford campus on September 5, 2017. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo)

October 9th: SPP First Year Group Advising Session

From 2:30 – 3:30 PM

HTB 318 and Zoom for approved guests.

NASPAA 2023 Conference flyer. Impact, growth, & value: conveying the importance of public service education.

October 11th – 14th: NASPAA Annual Conference

October 13: Director of Engagement Ryan Baldassario is convening a panel entitled “Achieving Community Impact Through Public Service Partnerships” (4-5 PM, Phipps – CLFloor).

October 13th: Coffee in a County

Join the Alumni Council from 8-9 AM at Toast and Co in Litchfield.

Sarah Croucher

Sarah Croucher

Jason Jakubowski

Jason Jakubowski

Michael Bzdyra

Michael Bzdyra

October 27th: Promoting Your Mission – Effective Advocacy & Lobbying for Nonprofits and Government Agencies

With Jason Jakubowski (President & CEO, CT Foodshare), Sarah Croucher (Assistant Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, UConn), and Michael Bzdyra (Sr. Lobbyist, FOCUS Government Affairs)

Friday, October 27, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with 30 minute break)
Hartford Times Building, UConn Hartford Campus

About the Program

Many nonprofits want to engage in advocacy in relation to their work. Whether it is supporting or opposing the passage of state-level legislation that will make a difference to their stakeholders, engaging in budget discussions, or working at the federal – or even municipal – level for visibility or legislative advocacy. However, many questions often face nonprofits when thinking about engaging in this work, perhaps creating wariness of participating in any form of political advocacy.

This workshop is intended as a one-day introduction to provide nonprofits or public sector leaders with tools for effective non-partisan advocacy and lobbying. We will cover the difference between advocacy and lobbying, laws and other regulations that constrain particular activities, and how the three levels of government (municipal/local, state, and federal) can be approached. We will also provide information on when to register as a lobbyist, disclosures that may be required, how government entities can lobby government, and some basics related to campaign finance and gift rules. We are also planning a panel discussion with bipartisan legislators (to be confirmed) to discuss how they have engaged effectively with nonprofits and public sector leaders. Participants will leave with the tools to begin to engage in advocacy or lobbying as a nonprofit or public sector leader, with effective building blocks to be impactful in the public policy arena at the local, state, or national level.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Program Date Time (EDT) Location
MPA Fellows, Internship Hosting and PSELC October 4th Sent via email 450 Columbus Blvd
MPA, MPP, and Fast-Track to MPA & MPP October 10th 4-4:30pm Virtually
MPA Fellows, Internship Hosting and PSELC October 12th Sent via email 55 Farmington Ave
MPA Fellows, Internship Hosting and PSELC October 18th Sent via email 165 Capitol Ave
MPA, MPP, and Fast-Track to MPA & MPP October 24th 4-4:30pm Virtually

Check back for additional sessions in the coming weeks. Learn more and register on our Meet With Us page!

Posted by Kish, Lian in Events