Connect with Alumni

Watch the December 2021 Roundtable with Alumni (40-minutes) to hear from three different 2021 Program Alums: Caroline Rakus-Wojciechowski, Sam Schmidt, and Gabriel Swank.

Register to attend the January 11 Roundtable with Alumni to meet more 2021 Program Alums!

Alumni Stories

Mandy Helwig

Mandy Helwig

A researcher and environmental lawyer, Helwig plans to use the tools she learned in the 2021 Persuasive Writing Credential to communicate with a broader audience.

“There is a missing link between public policy and what is communicated to the public. I would encourage anybody to take this course—even if you have been writing for years, it adds a component of communicating to the broader public that is incredibly helpful.”

Read Helwig's story here

 

Tamara Pilot

Tamara Pilot

An education executive, Pilot, found community and inspiration in the 2021 Persuasive Writing Credential, leading to her publication in the Chicago Policy Review. 

“I felt connected to a like-minded group of people who were trying to solve a myriad of problems facing our world today. There was a lot of passion and commitment in the 'room' to make something positive happen and make the world a better place. That energy was really motivating.”

Read Pilot's publication Venezuela’s Shameful Secret.

 

Jake Huff

Jake Huff

Huff, a communication specialist, enhanced their writing toolkit in the 2021 Persuasive Writing Credential. 

“I've never been in a class like this, which broke down the mechanics of policy writing in such clear and practical ways. It made me a better writer!”

 

Caroline Rakus-Wojciechowski

Caroline Rakus-Wojciechowski

The 2021 Persuasive Writing Credential helped Rakus-Wojciechowski to find her voice and pivot to international education.

“This Credential Program ended up being much more than just a writing class to me. Part of the reason why is because they did such an amazing job in empowering students to find their voice. If you plan on doing any sort of policy writing, academic or otherwise, this class should be on your radar.”

Hear from Rakus-Wojciechowski in December 2021 Roundtable with Alumni.

 

Fred Lee

Fred Lee

Lee intends to use the skills he gained through the 2021 Persuasive Writing Credential and Data Analytics Credential to better advocate for educational policy.

“I’ll be using a policy brief I wrote as part of my PWC work for graduate school admissions. And because I pursued both of these credentials, the effect is two-pronged: not only can I analyze and understand data, but I can write effectively about these issues as well.”

Read Lee's story here.

 

Ellen Litkowski

Ellen Litkowski

Litkowski, a policy fellow and researcher, leveraged the 2021 Persuasive Writing Credential to improve her communication skills on how to disseminate the findings of her research and impact policy decisions.

“It was valuable experience to learn how to craft persuasive and clear arguments. I especially enjoyed working with my peer review group and hearing about their different policy interests, and then seeing how their work evolved over time.”