#WhyDPPWednesday

DPP Fast-Track Turns Challenges Into Service

In 2015 Ethan Couillard was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.  Since his diagnosis, Ethan has continually fueled his energy toward public service and helping his community. One of his earliest initiatives included a multiyear community project for Waterford Country School, which led to him earning Eagle Scout Rank. Ethan’s journey at UConn began at the Avery […]

Encore!Connecticut Alum Leads Project Imo, Inc.

We recently caught up with Jason Hyland, a UConn police officer from 2000-2020, a 2020 graduate of the Department of Public Policy (DPP) Encore!Connecticut Program, and now the President and Executive Director of Project Imo, Inc. Jason, what brought you to Encore!Connecticut and what was your favorite aspect of the program? In 2019 I began […]

Nonprofit Management Student Hopes to Become an Advocate and Work Hand-In-Hand with Communities

After completing her undergraduate degree, Department of Public Policy (DPP) student Tatiana Tsaprailis (Nonprofit Management Certificate 2021) knew that she did not want to pursue a career in the private sector. Instead, she dove headfirst into the Maids of Athena, a nonprofit organization she has been a member of since the age of 13. Between […]

MPA Student’s “Why DPP Wednesday” is Rooted in Opportunities for Managerial Experience

Yusuf Dirow, Master of Public Administration (MPA) ‘22 student, was attracted to the Department of Public Policy (DPP) because of the resources. He highlights the faculty, his current graduate assistantship, and next year’s Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) program as three key reasons.  Yusuf explains: The DPP’s faculty offers a wealth of experience and tremendous expertise, […]

MPA Student Is Interested in Policies Directly Impacting Social Service Agencies

Master of Public Administration (MPA) 2021 student Katarina Moroch is currently completing an Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) as a Quality Improvement Intern. She has been helping develop ChildStat, a management process system aimed at addressing racial disparities in the delivery of services. Through […]

DPP Highlights Student Impact with #WhyDPPWednesday Campaign

This fall the Department of Public Policy (DPP) launched a #WhyDPPWednesday campaign across all our social media platforms. #WhyDPPWednesday has become a way for students to share their experiences and their individual “why.” The DPP kicked off #WhyDPPWednesday in October with MPA Fellow Tai Anderson. Anderson was attracted to the program in order “… to […]

2020 Money Bunny Winner: Charlotte Moller

Each year, Professor Mark Robbins awards the highest performing investment portfolio the coveted “Money Bunny” award in his Public Investment Analysis class. The previous year’s awardee attends the award ceremony and talk about how the money bunny changed their lives.  This year’s recipient is Master of Public Policy (MPP) 2021 and Public Financial Management (PFM) […]

DPP Fast-Track Aspires To Be An International Lawyer

Laura Bedoya is a Fast-Track student in the Department of Public Policy (DPP). After completing her Bachelors in Political Science and Latin American Studies this spring, Laura plans to complete her Masters in Public Administration (MPA). She joined the Fast-Track because she is passionate about advocacy and policy. Laura credits the program for gaining stronger […]