Welcome to the 2023-2024 Academic Year!

This fall the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) School of Public Policy (SPP) welcomes 78 masters candidates and 29 graduate certificate students to the SPP network! They join our network from across Connecticut, as well as from California, Canada, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, […]

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 Morton J. Tenzer Fellowship Fund: Kader Akpinar

This award is given to an incoming student with undergraduate academic excellence and the potential to succeed in the program. The fellowship was established in 1993, the year Professor Morton Tenzer retired from the University of Connecticut. It is intended to be used to assist in recruiting high–quality in–state and out–of–state students. Professor Morton J. […]

2023 Alumni Impact Awards: Shub Dhakal, Jessica Muirhead & Chelsea Ross

Jessica Muirhead, MPA Fellow ‘20, Director of MyCTSavings, CT State Comptroller Jessica Muirhead (MPA ’20) is the Executive Director of the CT Retirement Security Program, or “MyCTSavings,” a state–facilitated automatic–IRA savings program for employees who lack access to a retirement benefit at their workplace. The fourth program of its kind to launch in the country, […]

2023 Master of Public Policy Academic Excellence Award: Danielle A. Cross, Thomas Dowd & Jared Tyler Lynch

Danielle A. Cross, MPP ‘23 Danielle is a graduating Master of Public Policy student with a focus on Public Policy, Diversity, and Inclusion. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s in Political Science and Psychological Sciences, and was a part of the Master of Public Policy Fast Track program. She has worked […]

MPP Student Makes an Impact with Save the Sound

Kaleigh Pitcher‘s love of public service is rooted in the ability to impact people’s lives for the better on a larger scale. She explains, I think my interest really picked up in undergrad, where I studied political science and history. I was able to learn in depth about past and present injustices that need to […]

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MPP Student Sees Future in Town Planning

Recently we caught up with Master of Public Policy student Amanda Goode. Learn more about Amanda below! When Amanda first applied to the School of Public Policy (SPP) she intended to go into research and seek out a career in public service on the academic side. Last year Amanda interned with the Town of Windsor, […]

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Recapping the NASPAA 2023 Wildfire Simulation Competition

Last month members of the School of Public Policy (SPP) community attended the 2023 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) simulation competition. This year’s event called Wildfire Simulation Competition was designed by Professor Matt Koschmann of the University of Colorado Boulder. Recently we caught up with Master of Public Administration (MPA) […]