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DPP Alumni, Blaize Levitan, Published in CT Post

Blaize Levitan


DPP Alumni, Blaize Levitan, published an Op-Ed in the CT Post on January 18, 2019.  He discussed how the country seems to be in a hyper-partisan environment, and that the nation is much divided.  However, despite this common feeling, Blaize suggests that we are not as divided as we seem. Read the article below to learn about what unites the American people, and how these common ideas can be incorporated into current political dialogue.

Don’t listen to the pundits, we’re not that divided

Dr. Kerri Raissian Stresses the Importance of Education on Domestic Violence


Kerri Raissian

After the recent death of Lauren McClauskey, a University of Utah student, due to domestic violence, UConn DPP Assistant Professor Dr. Kerri Raissian commented on what resources need to be available to prevent future cases. Lauren reached out to university police when she felt endangered by a man that she was in a previous relationship with. However, since the police were not trained to handle incidents of domestic violence, they did not help Lauren with her situation. Dr. Raissian, who is a specialist in child and family interpersonal violence, discusses how universities need to financially bolster their police and counseling centers to deal with domestic abuse cases. She references the resources at UConn, where the Dean of Students offers victim advocacy services to help survivors of domestic violence emotionally, as the police work on their cases. This is a very unfortunate tragedy to have occurred, and we are glad that professionals like Dr. Raissian are working to increase domestic violence awareness, education, and resources in colleges and universities.

Dr. Raissian’s comments appeared in the January 22, 2019 Inside Higher Ed article by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Multiple Warnings, No Action

DPP Department Head Mohamad Alkadry Appointed as 2019 NASPAA Program Chair

Mohamad Alkadry

Dr. Mohamad Alkadry, professor and department head of UConn’ s Department of Public Policy, has been appointed as chair of NASPAA’s 2019 Annual Conference, which takes place on October 16-19, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.  This is NASPAA’s 50th Anniversary conference, and Mohamad looks forward to recognizing “the 50 years of advancing excellence in public service education” as well as imaging what the next 50 years will bring. This year’s NASPAA theme is Reconstructing Governance for the Next 50 Years, which will focus on innovation in public affairs, Diversity to Inclusion to Participation, and future challenges in training students to collect, analyze, and communicate data.

Associate Professor Dr. Deneen Hatmaker Named Associate Editor for the JPART

Deneen Hatmaker


As of January 1st, UConn DPP’s Associate Professor Dr. Deneen Hatmaker is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART). From January 2014-December 2018, Deneen served on the Board of Editors. To recognize JPART’s new editorial board, they have made a collection of articles written by the new editorial team freely available. You can check them out in the link below.

Welcoming the JPART Editorial Team

DPP Represented at UConn Hartford Career Fair


DPP Represented at UConn Hartford Career Fair

The Department of Public Policy participated in UConn Hartford’s Career Fair on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  The event had over 300 participants and a variety of vendors from multiple sectors.  Students from UConn’s Hartford, Storrs, and Waterbury campuses attended, as well as participants from other universities.  The attendees embodied both graduate and undergraduate individuals from many different majors.  DPP was represented by our Outreach Specialist, Lian Kish.  If you would like to contact Lian for information about any of our programs, she can be reached at or 959-200-3765.

Assistant Professor, Dr. Joshua Hyman’s Research on Race in the Classroom Featured in Multiple News Venues

Joshua Hyman

Assistant Professor, Dr. Joshua Hyman, coauthored research that examined the long-run impacts that having a same-race teacher has on educational attainment.  The research finds that black students randomly assigned to a black teacher in grades K-3 are 7% more likely to graduate from high school, and 13% more likely to enroll in college than their peers from the same school who did not have a black teacher.  Made evident is that black teachers are crucial role models to signal what educational outcomes are possible for black students.  This is a very relevant and important finding, and its implications have quickly been picked up by various news publishers and journals.  You can find his original publication, and news coverage mentioning Dr. Hyman’s work below.

Dr. Hyman’s Original Publication: “The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers”

VOX CEPR Policy Portal

Connecticut Public Radio

Hartford Courant

US News & World Report

UConn Today

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Baltimore Sun

Congresswoman-elect Jahana Hayes Names DPP Alumna Veronica T. Landro as District Director


Veronica DeLandro

Congresswoman-elect Jahana Hayes Names DPP Alumna Veronica T. Landro as District   Director

DPP alumna, Veronica T. DeLandro, has been named District Director for Congresswoman-elect Jahana Hayes.  Veronica is a New Britain resident, who has proliferated her passion for mentoring and helping students, at ESPN for six years.  She has been leading nonprofits for over 15 years, and currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.  We are confident that Veronica will excel in her role as District Director.

New Britain Herald – Veronica DeLandro


DPP alumni Jason J. Guilietti named Consultant Connect’s Top 50 Economic Developer


Jason Giulietti

DPP Alumni Jason J. Guilietti Named Consultant Connect’s Top 50 Economic Developer

Congratulations to DPP alumni Jason J. Guilietti selected as Consultant Connect’s Top 50 Economic Developer in North America on November 30th.  Jason serves as Vice President of Business Recruitment for Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), and provides insightful advice to new leaders in the field.  Check out what Jason had to say below about leaders in the industry, and the future of economic development.

Jason G. Giulietti’s Advice to Future Economic Leaders

Adjunct Professor, Kate Rotella, Wins State Representative Seat

Adjunct Professor, Kate Rotella, Wins State Representative Seat

Congratulations to Kate Rotella on her recent election as state representative from the 43rd House District comprised of the towns of Stonington and North Stonington.  Long involved in local politics, Kate is the first woman to serve as first selectman in the town of Stonington’s history where she also serves on the Stonington Board of Selectman and the K-12 School Building Committee.  Kate currently holds the position of purchasing manager for the Capital Region Education Council in Hartford.


Alumni Alyssa Goduti Accepts President/CEO of Adelbrook Position


Alyssa Goduti

Congratulations to DPP alumni, and Adjunct Professor, Alyssa Goduti, as she assumes her new leadership role at Adelbrook, a multi-service agency that provides behavioral and developmental services with a special focus on meeting the unique needs of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Prior to accepting her new position, Alyssa served as President and CEO of the CT Council of Family Service Agencies, a statewide association of human services providers.  She brings a wealth of experience in leadership roles in the nonprofit sector to her new position at Adelbrook.

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