GAPPS-ICMA Gave Back and Makes Plans for a Housing Panel


GAPPS-ICMA Gave Back and Makes Plans for a Housing Panel

Students hosting a friendsgiving
Friendsgiving 2019

The Graduate Association of Public Policy Students – International City/County Management Association (GAPPS-ICMA) kicked off the semester with a networking event with Pi Pi Alpha. The event brought together current students and alumni at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro. 

Members of GAPPS-ICMA went on to volunteer throughout Hartford during the semester. They volunteered at the Hartford Marathon and cheered on the racers in October. For Thanksgiving the students came together to celebrate with a Friendsgiving! In December they assisted at Footwear with Care’s annual Winter Boot Party. DPP Administrative Coordinator Wade Gibbs also volunteered at the November event and was highlighted by U.S. News & World Report and Hartford Courant.

In the spring, GAPPS-ICMA will be hosting a housing panel! Look out on the UConn DPP social media for forthcoming information about this professional development seminar opportunity.

Weekly Recap: It’s Still Time For A Turkey-Thirty

Weekly Recap: It’s Still Time For A Turkey-Thirty

Before we left for Thanksgiving Recess, here at the Department of Public Policy (DPP) we traveled around Connecticut and to Tampa, Florida!

  • On Monday, we hosted a Fast-Track and Survey Research online information session. Our final session for the semester is December 11th at 8:30am. To RSVP please see our information session page.
  • Monday night GAPPS-ICMA also hosted their Friendsgiving celebration! Be on the lookout for a photo from the event later this week!
  • Tuesday we spoke with students at UConn Avery Point and UConn Hartford! At Avery Point, we participated in Career Conversations and spoke about opportunities related to environmental policy and healthcare. In Hartford, we participated in the Volunteer Fair and talked about the work DPP students and alums are doing in our community.
  • Associate Professor Kerri Raissian co-presented with Assistant Professor Megan Feeley of UConn School of Social Work and Ph.D. Candidate Kelley Fong of Harvard Sociology on Wednesday at the CT Data Conference. The trio shared how they use micro and macro data to challenge assumptions about child maltreatment.
  • The week ended with Assistant Professor Yusun Kim attending the National Tax Association Conference in Tampa, Florida from November 21-23, 2019. Professor Kim presented on “Estimating Returns to Scale in Property Assessment Coordination Among Local Jurisdictions in New York” with Professor Yilin Hou and Professor John M. Yinger from Syracuse University.

The Week Ahead:

  • This week the students are on break for Thanksgiving Recess, but our offices will remain open through Thursday! We will be back with another weekly recap that looks ahead next Monday.
Three people standing with turkey hats
UConn DPP student Haley Turner, MPP 2020 helping with Turkey Thirty Fundraising at her IPP at Goodwin College

In the meantime, we encourage you to participate in Foodshare’s Turkey Thirty! 2020 MPP Haley Turner Gillman helped to collect funds and turkeys at her internship at Goodwin College last week. CEO and President of Foodshare Jason Jakubowski, MPA 2001 has been all across Connecticut platforms reminding us all about food insufficiency in Connecticut, and the impact our donations can have on families across Connecticut. To help Foodshare reach it’s goal of 15,000 turkeys and $450,000 please see their website.

The DPP faculty and staff would also like to wish every member of the DPP Network from students, to alumni, to community partners, and collaborators a Happy Thanksgiving!

Weekly Recap: Voting and Public Service

Weekly Recap: Voting and Public Service

On this Veterans Day, the Department of Public Policy (DPP) would like to thank all of the military Veterans for their service! Thank you for protecting our freedoms!

The DPP celebrated our alumni, current students, and made lots of new friends last week.

  • Our GAPPS-ICMA Chapter met on Monday, 11/04 and discussed fundraisers, DPP swag, and plans for next semester. They are also hosting a “Friendsgiving” pot-luck on Monday, November 18th. For more info on this next event, please email gapps.icma@gmail.com.
  • Tuesday was an eventful outreach day on the Hartford and Storrs Campuses. Current student Lena Nagorna tabled for the department in the UConn Hartford atrium and talked to many prospective Fast Track students. It was also Election Day! The DPP encouraged people to serve their communities at the polls and with a masters! Information sessions on both campuses garnered lots of interested students for the Fast Track, MPP, and MPA programs.
  • On Wednesday, DPP staff attended the CT Nonprofit Alliance Annual Conference. The conference provided our staff with great networking opportunities and a chance to hear from nonprofit leaders from around the state.
  • On Wednesday, we received news that Nicole Tomasetti, MPA ’18, won a seat on the Meriden City Council and Jessica Weaver, MPP ’20, won a seat on the Newington School Board.
  • In Denver, Colorado, the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) held their 41st Annual Conference from Thursday to Saturday . The conference brings together professionals and institutions from around the globe and invites them to present research on the topic of public policy and management. Professor Eric Brunner and Assistant Professor Yusun Kim both presented their research for conference attendees.

The holiday’s are quickly approaching, and DPP alum Jason Jakubowski is officially on the hunt for turkeys! The President and CEO of Foodshare recently spoke with Scott Haney regarding the Turkey+30. Foodshare is looking to raise 15,059 turkeys and $451,770 by Thanksgiving. To learn more or donate please visit Foodshare’s website.

Next Week:

  • Wednesday, November 13th: Becoming Analytics Translators from 2:30pm – 4:00pm in HTB 220
  • Thursday, November 14th:
    • Speaker Series with Dr. Lindsey Leininger from 12:00pm – 2:00pm in HTB 216
    • Research & The Free Press: Strengthening Democracy Together from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on the HTB 2nd Floor Landing
  • Friday, November 15th: Connecting with Your Stakeholders from 9:00am – 4:00pm in HTB 227

Week 8 Recap: In the Golden State with Public Service On Our Minds

Week 8 Recap: In the Golden State with Public Service On Our Minds

This week the Department of Public Policy (DPP) championed runners and public servants.

  • Last Saturday members of GAPPS-ICMA volunteered at the Hartford Marathon and cheered on the runners.
  • On Wednesday, Associate Professor Kerri Raissian presented with the School of Social Work Assistant Professor Megan Feely at the Department of Children and Families / Community Support for Families Annual Meeting. Dr. Raissian and Dr. Feely presented their research on the connection between poverty and child maltreatment.

    Mohamad and Dave at the NASPAA 50th Anniversary Luncheon
    Department Head Mohamad Alkadry and Director of Nonprofit Leadership Dr. David Garvey
  • From Wednesday through Friday, members of the UConn DPP faculty and staff attended the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (or NASPAA) 2019 Annual Conference. This year’s conference theme is “Reconstructing Governance for the Next 50 Years” and our faculty and staff presented on a variety of topics. To learn more about their panel presence, see our most recent Instagram post.
  • On the career front, Carl Goldblatt, MPA 2019 recently accepted a Connecticut Careers Trainee position with the Connecticut Department of Banking. He is training to become a Financial Examiner.

Next Week:

  • On Monday, October 21st we are hosting a Professional Development: Alumni Career Panel in McHugh 308 at 5pm in Storrs. To RSVP please email our Outreach Coordinator Lian Kish at Kish@UConn.edu.
  • On Tuesday, October 22nd we will be hosting an information table in the Atrium of the Hartford Times Building from 11am until 1pm to share information about our programs and professional opportunities..
  • On Wednesday, we will be hosting an in person information session for our Fast-Track and Survey Research programs from 1pm until 2pm in Hartford Times Building, Room 209. To RSVP to the session please see our info session

UConn Department of Public Policy Joins PPIA

UConn Department of Public Policy Joins PPIA

DPP is pleased to announce that we have recently become a member of PPIA, Public Policy & International Affairs Program. ” The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.”  DPP is looking forward to working with PPIA and its membership.

Check out the featured article on DPP in the PPIA Winter Newsletter.