The School of Public Policy and Digital Equity in Connecticut

Prepared by Distinguished Visiting Professor Robert H. Wilson Having access to and capacity for using broadband has become crucial to engaging fully in the economic, social, and political life in the US. Whereas residential telephone service was formerly the minimum requirement, the technological frontier has advanced and even basic internet (i.e., not including broadband service) […]

IPP Internship Aims to Build Connections and Address Environmental Issues

This semester Emely Ricci completed her Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) placement with the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC). Leading up to the completion of her Master of Public Administration (MPA) she helped organize CLCC’s Annual Conference. As the Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellow she was part of the team to facilitate the largest gathering of […]

SPP Alum Named 23rd Annual Immigrant Day Awardee

On behalf of the State of Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont recognized School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Esam Boraey as the 23rd Annual Immigrant Day Awardee on Thursday, April 27th. This award was given by the Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition. His announcement from the Governor noted, Your commitment and drive are an inspiration to […]

Celebrating the Class of 2023!

On Monday, May 8th Mistress of Ceremonies Professor Kerri Raissian welcomed the School of Public Policy’s (SPP) Class of 2023 to the Bushnell for a Celebration of Graduates and Awardees. The graduates were joined by SPP faculty and staff, community members and their support systems. Our graduates hailed from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Idaho, New York, […]

2023 Master of Arts in Survey Research Academic Excellence: Molly French

Molly is a part–time student in the Master of Arts in Survey Research program, earning her degree as she works as an institutional research analyst at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a bachelor’s in Natural Science and a minor in Spanish. She has worked in a variety […]

2023 Public Policy Distinguished Alumni Award: Chief Lynn Malerba, MPA ‘08

Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba became the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe on August 15, 2010 and is the first female Chief in the Tribe’s modern history. The position is a lifetime appointment made by the Tribe’s Council of Elders. Prior to becoming Chief, she served as Chairwoman of the Tribal […]

Thank You For Giving!

Thank you to our network for your generosity and commitment to supporting School of Public Policy (SPP) students in honor of the MPA’s 50th Anniversary!  Our School received $7,305 in donations with 125 unique donors. As School Director Mohamad Alkadry notes, “we exceeded our expectations in terms of numbers and donors. Many thanks to those […]

Fellows Alum Teaches FYE Course

Recently we caught up with MPA Fellows alum Beverne Cordner, who serves as a Developmental Services Case Manager at the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Last semester Beverne served as an instructor with the University’s First Year Experience (FYE) program. Learn more about how Beverne ended up teaching at UConn Hartford below! After expressing future desire to […]

MPA Alum Seeks to Fix “Pebbled Roads” Through Data Driven Decision Making

Recently we caught up with UConn School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Jayhon (Jay) Ghassem-Zadeh. A 2015 Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate, he notes, I recently started a new role at Capgemini Government Solutions where I focus on making meaningful, technological, impacts at the Department of Justice and broader federal law enforcement agencies. I […]