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Public Policy Studies Student Advisory Board (PPS-SAB)

The Public Policy Student Advisory Board provides a platform to pursue leadership opportunities within the major and actively participate in the creation, planning and execution of student-centered programming and opportunities. The 2021-22 board will focus on the creating, planning, and execution of a variety of programs in areas of peer and professional mentorships, career development, and community building.

Contact the PPS-SAB here.

2021-22 SAB Cohort

1st Year Student

Caleb Olumofin

2nd Year Student

Luke Kalaydjian

3rd Year Students

Sophie Hare

Zoe Torrey

Grace Zandi

4th Year Students

Lionel (Alex) Rubio

Anna Selbrede

Ting Ting Shi

Lily Zheng


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Signature Events

Academic Year Kick-Off | Public Policy Studies Open House

October 20, 2021 4:30-5:30 PM (Virtual)

Social Hours

December 9, 2021 9:30-12:00 PM Finals Week Breakfast

BA Symposium

February 11, 2022 8:45 AM-3:00PM (The Keller Center)

Faculty Lunch & Learn

February 16, 2022 12:30-1:30 PM - Prof. Aleksandra Lukina (The Keller Center)

February 21, 2022 12:30-1:30 PM - Prof. Karen Okigbo (The Keller Center)

March 1, 2022 12:30-1:30 PM - Prof. Derek Rury (The Keller Center)

Mentor Panels

March 3, 2022 5:00-6:00 PM (Virtual)

End of Year Celebration

May 18, 2022 5:30-6:30 PM (The Keller Center)

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Student Highlights

Danielle Schmidt, AB'19

Our distinguished Taub Prize winner Danielle Schmidt, BA'19. Danielle's PBPL Thesis was published on the peer-reviewed journal "Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science” (August 2020). Danielle began research on her thesis in the spring of her junior year, driving out to rural parts of Illinois, and developing relationships with librarians so that she could build a snowball sample of individuals who came into the library to use the internet.

The boots-on-the-ground work she did to track down and recruit a hard-to-access interview sample was formidable. She completed a total of 51 interviews with a combination of rural Illinois residents who are insufficiently connected to the internet, public library and service provider employees, and advocacy experts who are working to address the so-called digital divide.

The work that Danielle did on her senior thesis was incredible, and in the spring of 2019 she was awarded the Richard P. Taub thesis prize—an award given to the 3 best theses in our department of about 140 graduating students. As of Fall 2020, Danielle Schmidt is a PhD student in the sociology department at the University of Wisconsin.

Danielle is motivated by a sincere desire to produce research that makes real-world change around systemic inequality and we look forward to following her career. 

Read Danielle's research.

Jessica Mora, AB'20

Our recent graduate, Jessica Mora, published "Spread Your Wings and FLI: How to Effectively Navigate College as a First-Generation, Low-Income Student" this April. The book draws upon her BA research and provides guidance on many aspects of the FLI students' experience. We hosted Jessica on May 13, 2021 to talk about her work on her thesis and her book. You can watch her conversation with Prof. Sorcha Brophy and hear more from Jessica on the College News story featuring her work.

Read "College alum writes guidebook for first-generation, low-income students."

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