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Internship Field Report: Michele Majors @ UNHCR, Geneva

Monday, June 30, 2014

An email interview with Michele Majors, interning with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland.

Q. What do you love about interning with the United Nations Refugee Agency?

A. The UN Refugee Agency assists some of the world's most vulnerable people. I can't imagine doing something more worthwhile with my summer than working for this organization in any capacity—particularly now when worldwide displacement is at a post-WWII era high.

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Internship field report: DuoDuo Zhang @ Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Hello. Congressional Management Foundation….How may I help you?" So begins DuoDuo (Doris) Zhang's days as a research assistant at the DC-based Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), which works to enhance interactions between Congressional leaders and constituents. "But don't think answering phone calls is all there is to my internship," says Zhang. "Life in CMF is much more exciting."

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Ford School mourns the loss of Kenneth Furlough

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kenneth Furlough, who began his MPP studies at the Ford School in the fall of 2013, passed away early last week from hypertensive heart disease. Kenneth was a warm, kind, gregarious person, with a lasting commitment to public policy. The Ford School community is deeply saddened by the news of his death.

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Students explore windy city careers

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

For years, the Ford School has hosted an annual student trip to Washington, DC, where Ford School students can learn more about careers in our nation's capital. This year, we added something new to the mix—a student trip to Chicago.

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Meet our 2014 PPIA Fellows

Monday, June 9, 2014

An anthropology major from Ghana; a liberal arts major from Jamaica; an international studies major from Livonia; a business administration major from Los Angeles; an economics major from West Virginia; a sociology major from Santa Ana; a political science major from Mexico; the list goes on. Altogether, 18 undergraduate students have been selected for the Ford School's Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute, an intensive summer training program for aspiring public servants.

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Internship field report: Nick Pfost @ EqualityMaine

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Second year MPPer Nick Pfost shares news from Portland, Maine, where he's serving as legislative and public policy graduate intern at EqualityMaine. In his guest blog post for EqualityMaine, Pfost describes himself as "the nerdy high school student who watched CSPAN after classes while eating my macaroni and cheese." He'll spend the summer working on a variety of EqualityMaine legislative priorities, including LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying legislation.

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What every alderman should know (about endowments)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Two new endowed funds for the next century of student support

We all know how tough it is to save—to choose between immediate needs and future ones. At the Ford School, we face a similar challenge in asking alumni to contribute to endowments rather than annual funds. But endowments have tremendous power. Like savings, they're investments in the future. Case in point? Our very first endowment for student support, The Arthur W. and Mary C. Bromage Fund.

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Skin in the game

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Applied Policy Seminar puts students to work for local governments, NGOs

By Jeff Mortimer

When Susan Pollay, executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA), wanted to document the economic impact of her organization and others like it around the state of Michigan last fall, she sought help from the Ford School.

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Bachelor's of public policy student off to serve Google Dubai

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

As Zouheir Al Ghreiwati prepares to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, he pinpoints what drew him to Michigan. There were two things, really: being able to switch majors and the tsunami of team spirit.

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Inaugural Dow Sustainability Fellow Cassie Brown helps city establish revolving loan fund for A2 energy efficiency upgrades

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The first cohort of Dow Sustainability Fellows has recently partnered with the City of Ann Arbor on a pilot project establishing a new, low-interest revolving loan fund for landlords and renters seeking to improve the energy efficiency of rental properties. Cassie Brown, who is seeking a dual degree in engineering and public policy and a Science, Technology, and Public Policy certificate, is among the Dow Sustainability Fellows engaged in the project. Others include Alicia Chin and Amy Eischen from the Ross School of Business, Efrie Friedlander from the Taubman College of Art and Architecture, and Emily Taylor, who is affiliated with the Erb Institute, the School of Natural Resources, and the Ross School of Business.

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Students and staff run Big House 5K for fun and charity

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ford School students and staff ran in the second annual Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors on Sunday, April 6. The event, coordinated by the U-M Athletic Department and Ann Arbor Track Club, began at the Glick Field House, circled through campus, and ended on the 50-yard-line of the Big House.

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Public policy students respond to Kevyn Orr's Ford School lecture

Friday, March 28, 2014

On March 26, 2014, Detroit's Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, spoke at the University of Michigan as part of an event put on by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Public policy student Harsha Nahata was quoted in Rochelle Riley's Detroit Free Press column on her thoughts about Orr's speech and about the future of the city of Detroit.

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Ford School MPP student among winners of 2014 Social Impact Challenge

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Noelle Polaski (MPP, MA '16) is among four U-M graduate students whose team, Le Rouge, won the 2014 Social Impact Challenge based on their recommendations for Detroit Future City. The Social Impact Challenge asks multidisciplinary teams of graduate students to collaborate on addressing real issues for an organization that delivers social impact. Teams receive a Challenge statement, investigate the context and social issues, and develop strategic recommendations for action.

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Brittany Jones (BA '14) honored as a 2014 MLK Spirit Award recipient

Monday, January 27, 2014

Brittany Jones (BA '14) was recognized as a 2014 Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award recipient during the 28th annual MLK Symposium on January 25. The Ninth Annual Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Awards honored students from the schools and colleges on Central Campus who best exemplify the leadership and extraordinary vision of the civil rights leader. Students were nominated by faculty and staff from the Business, Education, Kinesiology, Literature, Science, and the Arts, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Policy programs.

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Crowdfunding guides prepared by Ford School students circulated by Crowdfund Insider

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Documents prepared by Christopher Falcone (MPP '14), Matthew Papadapoluos (MPP/MA '13), Erin Sullivan (MPP '14), and Jessica Teng (MPP '14) detailing the basics of equity crowdfunding and a framework for potential investors and businesses to consider circulated after crowdfunding legislation is passed in the Michigan Senate.

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Wolfers and McIntyre featured in roundup of most important economic stories of 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ford School professor Justin Wolfers and current masters student Adrianna McIntyre (MPP/MPH '15) among 43 economists, journalists, and think-tankers asked by The Atlantic to select charts they think best represent the year in economics.

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Alyssa Mouton heads to U.N. to learn advocacy skills at Commission on the Status of Women Conference

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Alyssa Mouton (MPP/MPH '14) will gain experience in the art of advocacy at a practicum held March 8 – March 15, 2014 in conjunction with meetings of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Mouton is one of 20 women students chosen from across the nation to participate in the practicum, which offers an opportunity to observe how the United Nations works to address issues requiring multilateral engagement and coordinated action.

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Ford School senior wins seat on Trenton City Council

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Steven Rzeppa (BA '14) hopes to bring a fresh perspective to city government in his hometown of Trenton, MI.

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Three Ford School students awarded CEW scholarships

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Center for the Education of Women selected Adrienne Call (MPP/MSW '13), Colleen Campbell (MPP/MA '14), and Kristin van Ausdal (MPP '14) among its 2013-14 scholarship recipients, honoring the academic performance and potential of women.

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Rachel Potter wins APSA Founders Award for best graduate student paper

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Rachel Potter has won the 2013 Founders Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for her paper, "Strategic Transparency in Agency Rulemaking." The award is given for the best graduate student paper presented at APSA's annual meeting or at any of the regional meetings in the preceding two years.

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