In 2023 UConn School of Public Policy (SPP) published three newsletters! We provided network-wide updates for winter, spring and fall as well as a research briefing that included both faculty and Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) updates. Below are a few highlights, though we had many more throughout the year!
10 Highlights for 2023
- SPP launched a new masters program known as the Master of Arts in Survey Research and Data Analysis (SRDA).
- 54 students were inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.
- SPP had the largest number of donors across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and had the fifth highest at the University during UConn Gives. Thank you to our generous donors.
- The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) celebrated 50 years, and we held a Gala to honor the anniversary.
- The Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project (CTRP3) made national news identifying falsified traffic stop data. CTRP3 was also awarded increased funding by the DOT, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and CT Department of Transportation.
- SPP celebrated 92 graduates at the Bushnell in Hartford. Our 2023 award recipients were also acknowledged, and Chief “Many Hearts” Lynn Malerba provided the Keynote address. Chief Malerba serves as Treasurer of the United States, and was our Distinguished Alumni Awardee.
- This fall SPP welcomed over 100 graduate students to Hartford both in-person and virtually.
- Cohort three of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders of Color program kicked off in New Haven.
- The MPA Fellows launched in Stamford, CT and we are excited to welcome our first cohort in fall 2024.
- Encore Connecticut held a graduation for the fall 2023 cohort.
Professors Mohamad Alkadry, Vaughn Crichlow, Renzo de la Riva Agüero, Bob Wilson and Ruodan Zhang are assisting the Connecticut Statement Commission on Educational Technology with a statewide Digital Equity Plan.
Professors Kerri Raissian and Jennifer Dineen are leading conversations about gun violence prevention.
Professor Eric Brunner examined the impact of wind farms on the economy and student absenteeism, Professor Crichlow began collaborating with the Connecticut Sentencing Commission on a statewide sentencing database and Professor Thomas Craemer served on the California Reparations Task Force and studied police bias.
Professors Jinhai Yu and Elizabeth Burland are utilizing a grant to focus on long-term capital investments.
Within the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, the Connecticut Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative released a program evaluation for a literacy mentorship program. The International Justice Exchange Project learned from Norwegian prisons, and the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project’s State Police Data Audit identified falsified reports garnering national attention.
Professors Brunner, Yusun Kim, Mark Robbins, Bill Simonsen and Yu are researching citizen perception, natural disasters, education and technology within the field of public finance.
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