Type: School event
Series: Admissions

Spring Preview Day 2022

Date & time

Apr 8, 2022, All Day


Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

Spring Preview is designed to help admitted master's students get to know our faculty, staff, and students—and each other!

We look forward to welcoming you to Ann Arbor, to experience the Ford School community, the University of Michigan campus, and our wonderful city! We will soon be sharing additional information, including information about panelists, how to access panels remotely (particularly for our admitted students abroad), and more.

Travel funding support and a hotel discount are available—see details below the day's schedule.


* Denotes sessions available to virtual attendees

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
Great Hall 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and introductions*
Annenberg Auditorium

Beth Soboleski, Associate Director, Student and Academic Services
Michael Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy    
Susan Guindi, Director, Student and Academic Services
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director, Center for Racial Justice

Kaltura Video
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Student panel*
Annenberg Auditorium

Donovan Gayles (MPP ’23)
Ben Levine (MPP/MBA)
Maia O'Meara (MPP '22)
Kristy Pritzl (MPA '22)
Ryan Swick (MPP '23)
Yasin Shafi (MPP '22) 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Faculty panel*
Annenberg Auditorium

Jon Hanson, Director, MPA/MPP Program; Lecturer
Morela Hernandez, Professor of Public Policy, Faculty Director, Leadership Initiative
Brian Jacob, Professor of Public Policy; Co-Director, Youth Policy Lab
Kaitlin Raimi, Associate Professor of Public Policy

Kaltura Video
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch with faculty and staff
Weill Hall Courtyard 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Tour of Weill Hall (optional) 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Graduate Career Services presentation*
Annenberg Auditorium

Claire Davidson, Career & Leadership Development Manager
May Skelton, Career Development Specialist
Casey Sullens, Employer Relations Manager
Peter Vasher, Associate Director, Graduate Career Services
Student presenters: Tania Harris; Hannah Orban; Tim Stark; Link Tran-Phuong

Kaltura Video
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Alumni panel*
Annenberg Auditorium

Moderator: Jennifer Niggemeier, Director, Office of Graduate Career Services & Alumni Relations
Naomi Goldberg (MPP ’08), Movement Advancement Project
Trevis Harrold (MPP’17), U.S. Department of State
Cortney Sanders (MPP ’17), Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Jackson Voss (MPP/STPP ’18), Louisiana Budget Project

Kaltura Video
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner, hosted by the Student Affairs Committee (SAC)
Pizza House


Travel and lodging

We greatly look forward to welcoming those of you who are able to attend. For students coming from outside of the metropolitan Detroit area, we have travel funding assistance of up to $250 to help defray your transportation costs to attend. For students coming from the metro Detroit area are eligible to be reimbursed up to $50 for travel. Please note that this assistance is only available for the April 8th event.  Forms for requesting reimbursement will be made available at Spring Preview.

We have also secured a block of rooms at an Ann Arbor Hyatt Place for a discounted rate of $149 per night, which includes breakfast. If you are interested in making a reservation, you can do so here. You need to book by March 22 to receive the discounted rate and it is available Thursday night or both Thursday AND Friday nights, but not just for Friday night. The hotel runs a free shuttle that you can take to campus.

#FutureFordies portal

Future Fordies—find information on your next steps, other admitted student activities, and how to connect with our community as you consider your offer of admission. Visit the Future Fordies portal for details.