April Events 2021

April showers will bring... new graduates. We cannot wait to celebrate the class of 2021 next month, but for now we have more opportunities for professional development, learning about the DPP and community partnerships.

Upcoming Events

UConn Hartford campus

Information Sessions

The DPP hosts 30 minute programmatic info sessions throughout the month. We also offer individual meetings with prospective students.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Public Administration, Public Policy and Fast-Track Info Sessions

MPA Fellows Info Sessions

Survey Research Info Sessions

UConn Major Specific Events

  • CAHNR Info Session on Wednesday April 7th at 1pm
  • Communication Info Session on Friday, April 2nd at 12pm
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Encore!Connecticut Graduation

Saturday, April 10th from 10:30am - 11:45am

Encore!Connecticut is a program with more than a decade of proven success, Encore!Connecticut is a professional development experience that helps seasoned corporate professionals transition their skill-sets and experience into successful opportunities (paid and/or volunteer) in Connecticut nonprofits. Kerry Hannon will be the keynote speaker. 

For more information and to register, please contact Maura Maloney at Maura.Maloney@UConn.edu.

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Gun Violence Prevention RIG Event: Gun Laws in America: What Works and What’s Possible

Thursday, April 1st from 1-2pm

The panel discussion will explore the interplay between national, state, and local gun laws, discuss which types of laws have a causal effect on gun violence, and the extent to which laws can promote successful interventions in our communities. Following panelists’ remarks, a variety of constituents will pose questions to the panelists. A virtual reception, sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, will follow. This event will be live streamed and recorded via YouTube.

Organized by: Mary Bernstein, Jennifer Dineen, and Kerri Raissian, co-Directors of the Gun Violence Prevention Research Interest Group of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), the UConn School of Law, the Connecticut Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, the Departments of Public Policy and Sociology, the Collaboratory on Child and School Health, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and UConn Hartford.


U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) is the senior United States Senator for Connecticut, currently serving his second term as a senator. He attended Harvard College, serving as editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson, and went on to study for a year at Trinity College in Cambridge, England, before attending Yale Law School, where he received his law degree and served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served in the Connecticut House of Representatives, the Connecticut State Senate, and as Connecticut’s attorney general. As Connecticut’s attorney general, Senator Blumenthal served an unprecedented five terms, fighting for people against large and powerful special interests. His law enforcement for consumer protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights and personal privacy has helped reshape the role of state attorneys general nationwide.  Most recently, Senator Blumenthal cosponsored S.529, A bill to require a background check for every firearm sale

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (CT) is the junior United States Senator for Connecticut. He has dedicated his career to public service as an advocate for Connecticut families. Senator Murphy has been a strong voice in the Senate fighting for job creation, affordable health care, education, sensible gun laws, and a forward-looking foreign policy. As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) Senator Murphy has worked to make college more affordable and ensure that our public education system works to serve all students. Senator Murphy also led a bipartisan effort to reform our mental health system, working across the aisle to craft the first comprehensive mental health bill in the Senate in decades. He is a graduate of UConn Law and the author of The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy.  Most recently, Senator Murphy sponsored S.529, A bill to require a background check for every firearm sale

 Dr. Cassandra Crifasi is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Policy and Management at John Hopkins University. She is the Deputy Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research and a core faculty member in the Center for Injury Research and Policy. Dr. Crifasi’s research focuses broadly on public safety including injury epidemiology and prevention, gun violence and policy, attitudes and behaviors of gun owners, policy evaluation, and underground gun markets. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2014. Dr. Crifasi was a recipient of the NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Award in 2017, 2018, & 2019 and was awarded the American Journal of Public Health Editor’s Choice Award for Best Papers of the Year in 2018 for her paper on the storage practices of US gun owners.

Ms. Jacquelyn Santiago is the Chief Executive Officer at COMPASS Youth Collaborative, Inc. She is an advocate for equal opportunities for youth, a youth development trainer, and a voice for youth at risk. Ms. Santiago graduated from Trinity College in 2000 with a major in Sociology and received her Master’s Degree at the school of Business at Quinnipiac University in 2014. She began her career as a youth organizer at Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART) before joining COMPASS in 2001. Jackie serves as an internal leader at COMPASS, developing performance management processes that measure and evaluate the progress of the organization, as well as building and supporting the teams, and overseeing all programs. She develops and evaluates programs in four schools, initiates innovative projects and strategic alliances and provides leadership and support to the Hartford Community School Initiative. Jackie has been invaluable in developing measures, structures, and systems that guide COMPASS’ work with juvenile justice involving youth. Jackie was a recipient of the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award in 2015 and 100 Women of Color Award in 2017.

Mr. Alan Bennett will moderate the event.  He is an Alum of UConn (Political Science) and Director of The UConn Foundation. He also serves on the boards of both The Brady Campaign and The Brady Center.

Additional participants to include: State Representative Jillian Gilchrest, Dr. Caitlin Elsaesser, Kiel Brennan-Marquez, and other members of the UConn community.

Opening Remarks, President Thomas C. Katsouleas

Closing Remarks, Provost Carl Lejuez

Kenya Rutland

Kenya Rutland

Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative

The Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative (PSELC) provides high-quality, low-cost training and professional development to individuals working the state's public and nonprofit sectors. A collaboration between UConn's Department of Public Policy and our Connecticut partners, the program provides a shared learning environment that strengthens ties between public sector and nonprofit professionals.

Workshops are held from 10:30am - 1:30pm with a 30 minute break.

Register for our April dates and upcoming dates.

Responding to Microaggressions: Strategies for Navigating Instances of Exclusion With Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting (Friday, April 9)

Course Overview

Microaggressions are verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities that communicate derogatory or negative prejudices towards a specific group. These instances can be intentional or unintentional based on our own biases. In this course, participants will decode unconscious biases, define microaggressions and how they show up around us, and discuss strategies for navigating incidents of exclusion. Participants will engage in group discussions to respond to case studies and conclude with defining what it means to be an ally.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed to meet participants wherever they are on their diversity, equity, and inclusion journey.

What You’ll Get

During this workshop, you will:

  • Decode unconscious biases by discussing the impacts of our thinking and decision making;
  • Gain an understanding of microaggressions and stereotypes;
  • Discuss the impact on biases and microaggressions in the workplace;
  • Engage in active dialogue within small groups as a means of responding to case studies;
  • Address microaggressions and learn how to actively respond; and
  • Discover how to become an ally.

What You’ll Do

Module 1: Setting the Foundation
  • Understanding implicit bias and stereotypes
  • Decoding Unconscious Bias
Module 2: Unconscious Bias & Microaggressions
  • Defining microaggressions
  • Understanding how they show up
  • Death by 1000 Paper Cuts
Module 3: Relating to Our Organizations
  • Review case studies.
  • Learn how to identify microaggressions, microinequities, microsignals, and microaffirmations
Module 4: Addressing Microaggressions
  • Tools for responding to microaggressions
  • Discussing strategies for upstanding
  • Becoming an ally

Developing and Supporting a Resilient Team With Kenya Rutland, KJR Consulting (Friday, April 16)

Course Description

Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a case study, we will dive into how your existing team has navigated the pandemic, what qualities and resources you need to develop within your team to be successful in the future, and how to hold yourself and your team accountable on the way.

This program will focus on assessing the qualities of yourself and your staff in order to develop into a resilient team capable of adapting to change and succeeding in crisis.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is for supervisors or managers looking to build and lead effective teams.

What You’ll Get

During this workshop, you will:

  • Discuss the importance of continuous self and team evaluation;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in your current team;
  • Discuss the leadership qualities needed for creating and supporting a resilient team; and
  • Discuss opportunities where you and your team can hold each other accountable.

What You’ll Do

Module 1: Your COVID Experiences
  • Successes shared between you and your team
  • Challenges within team
  • How you’ve supported your team through the pandemic

This module will contain breakout groups to encourage participants to share triumphs and challenges among their teams.

Module 2: Five Traits for Developing & Supporting a Resilient Team
  • Discussing the five traits
  • Self-Assessment
  • Group comparison and discussion

During this module, participants will be encouraged to complete a self-assessment as it relates to the five traits. Aggregate results will be shared in real-time to prompt discussion.

Professor Brandi Blessett

Professor Brandi Blessett

Professor Sara Bronin

Professor Sara Bronin

UConn Race and Equity Dialogue – Segregated by Design: A Policy Response

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 12:00pm-1:00pm ET

Please RSVP for this free virtual event

Join the UConn Department of Public Policy along with the CT Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) for a discussion of Segregated by Design and the desegregation movement in CT.

Segregated By Design, by Richard Rothstein, examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major U.S. metropolitan area through law and policy.  

Desegregate CT is a coalition of neighbors and nonprofits who believe in creating abundant, diverse housing in service of equity, inclusive prosperity, and a cleaner environment. We can desegregate our state by expanding housing diversity, increasing housing supply, and improving the development process.


Brandi Blessett is an associate professor and Director of the Masters of Public Administration program at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on administrative responsibility, disenfranchisement, and social equity. Specifically, she offers insight into the effects of institutional injustice and their implications for underrepresented communities. Dr. Blessett’s research agenda advocates for ethical practices, professional standards, and accountability measures to promote equity, justice, and fairness to all factions of U.S. society.

Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, and policymaker specializing in property, land use, historic preservation, and climate change. She advises the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sustainable Development Code, serves on the board of Latinos in Heritage Conservation, and leads Desegregate Connecticut. She holds an endowed chair at UConn Law School and has served as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture, the Sorbonne in Paris, and universities in Switzerland and Korea. She was educated at Yale Law School (Truman Scholar), Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Texas. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Key to the City.


UConn Diversity and Inclusion

A Call To Action: Higher Education Institutions Advancing Health Justice of Undocumented Communities

Friday, April 23 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm via Webex


This panel of healthcare practitioners, scholars, graduate students, and advocates will discuss physiological and psychological health experiences in undocumented families and communities, particularly as a result of local, state and federal policies, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panelists will highlight the urgency for addressing these issues and provide insights on strategies and resources that institutions and organizations can employ to take bold steps forward to advance health justice in undocumented communities.

Panelists and Moderator


Eden Almasude, MD, MA: organizer for Semilla Collective and Psychiatrist at Yale-New Haven Hospital

Anthony Barroso, A.A.: Visual artist, organizer and member of Semilla Collective and Board Member for Connecticut Students for a Dream

Katia Daley, B.A.: Health Campaign Organizer for Connecticut Students for a Dream

Reyna Montoya, M.Ed.: Founder and CEO of Aliento

Kelley Newlin-Lew, DNSc.: Associate Professor for UConn's School of Nursing


H. Kenny Nienhusser, Ed.D.: Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs and Faculty Director of La Comunidad Intelectual at UConn




Asian American Cultural Center

Asian and Asian American Studies Institute

Department of Public Policy

Division of Student Affairs

El Instituto: Institute of Latino/a, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies

Enrollment Planning and Management

Higher Education and Student Affairs Program

Human Rights Institute

Institute for Student Success

La Comunidad Intelectual

Native American Cultural Programs

Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

UConn Avery Point

UConn Hartford

UConn Stamford

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