Student organizations

Opportunities for leadership, service, and teamwork

Student organizations are an integral part of the Ford School community—they recruit policymakers and scholars to speak at the school, provide a forum for students to discuss and take action on shared policy interests, raise money for deserving charities, promote international perspectives, and more.

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Events by students, for students

Ford School student orgs host events for fellow Ford School and U-M students to build on their courses with focused and self-directed learning, to promote and sustain community, and to connect with policymakers and leaders around the globe.
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Ford School student organizations

  • The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) supports student organization leaders with funding, guidance, and event facilitation, serving as the primary liaison between the Ford School's students, faculty, and administrators. SAC engages in a number of activities, including organizing days of service and fundraising events to support community organizations, and promoting interaction between students, faculty, and staff. Email fspp_sac@umich.edu for more information.

    Officers: 
    Chair: Katie Hyland
    Vice-Chair: Allison Hanley
    DEI Chair: Maureen Hilton
    Social Chair: Ramiro Garcia
    Constitution Chair: Gabe Baskin
    External Affairs: Joradn Zammit
    Treasurer: Zoe Pidgeon
    At Large: Taylor Stensen
    At Large: Alhan Fakhr
    Master's Program Committee Representative: Shaylyn MacKinnon

    Participation open to: Master's students only

    The Ford School Undergraduate Council is an elected board of undergraduate public policy students. The council consists of 3 senior class students who are elected in the spring of their junior year and 2 junior class students who are elected in the fall of their junior year. The students elected in their senior year will serve a total of 2 semesters, while the students elected in their junior year will serve a total of 4 semesters. The Ford School Undergraduate Council is responsible for planning social events for the undergraduate class, organizing community service opportunities and acting as the liaison to the Ford School Administration. The council meets on a weekly basis. Email fspp-undergrad-council@umich.edu for more information.

    Officers:
    President: Izzy Tomlinson, itomlins@umich.edu
    Vice President: Sophie Hart, hartsg@umich.edu
    Secretary: Zeinab Alhashemi, alhashe@umich.edu
    Treasurer: Andrew Roman, ajroman@umich.edu
    External Relations: Cayla Klein, caylak@umich.edu

    Participation open to: Undergraduate students only

    The mission of Domestic Policy Corps (DPC) is to provide a forum for academic engagement and dialogue on current domestic policy issues. DPC plans to foster and activate students’ voices on current and vital policy issues as they arise, believing that the school should be a leader on campus and among its academic peers in discussing, analyzing and promoting domestic policy solutions. The DPC advocates the deliberation of ideas between today’s current policy leaders and tomorrow’s future leaders. In an effort to engage these debates, the DPC coordinates discussions, policy briefs, research, an annual publication, debates, keynote speakers, workshops and training seminars. These experiences will further the path to policy professionalism through practical, hands-on-knowledge and a working ability to explore, learn and express views outside the classroom.

    Officers:
    Co-president: Anna Kelly, annakell@umich.edu
    Co-president: Kylie Claxton, claxtonk@umich.edu
    Events Coordinator: Zan Rabney, zrabney@umich.edu
    K-12 Coordinator: Sharon Ceron Espinosa, sharones@umich.edu

    Participation open to: All students 

    The Environmental Policy Association is a student organization at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy that is committed to protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and promoting equitable and just choices for communities disproportionately affected by environmental impacts. Email epa-leadership-ford@umich.edu for more information. 

    Officers: 
    Co-President: Haley Neuenfeldt, hneuen@umich.edu 
    Co-President: Warren Gunn, gunn@umich.edu 
    Executive Member at Large: Sarah Dieck, sarahdie@umich.edu 

    Participation open to: Master's students only 

    The Ford+Munk Conference Committee is an annual student-led policy conference between the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the Ford School of Public Policy. Held in the Winter semester, the event brings together students from both schools in a team-based learning environment where they are challenged to analyze, evaluate, and present key findings related to a current policy issue facing both sides of the border. This bi-national case competition is a great opportunity to further your understanding of multi-stakeholder and cross-border policy collaboration and implementation.

    Officers:
    Co-Chair: Moriah Nacionales-Tafoya, moriahn@umich.edu 
    Co-Chair: Francisco Daniel Renteria Macedo, franrm@umich.edu

    Participation open to: Master's students only

    In order to uplift local and student artists and bring musical performances to the Ford Community, Funky Fordies will provide a space for musicians and music enthusiasts to come together in a positive and creative environment. Our organization will create a unique experience for Ford School students by fostering relationships between the policy and artistic communities at the University of Michigan.

    Global Fordies is a student organization of international students at the Ford School, focused on establishing a global and multicultural community of engaged public servants. GF’s objective is to collaborate within the Ford School to ease the transition for international students, maximize their potential and career opportunities and encourage them to contribute to the school community. Our mission is to provide a unique platform for international students to engage with the Ford School community, voice their issues and bring positive change by promoting multicultural perspectives with the peers and colleagues at the entire Ford School.

    Officers:
    Co-chair: Maulshree Sinha, mauli@umich.edu
    Co-chair: Riya Cherian, riyache@umich.edu
    Advocacy Chair: Oieshi Saha, osaha@umich.edu
    Language Exchange Chair: Yu-Yu Lin, yuyulin@umich.edu
    Alumnx Chair: Chia Wen Cheng, cwcheng@umich.edu
    At-Large Member: Francisco Daniel Renteria Macedo, franrm@umich.edu
    At-Large Member: Gerardo Mendez Guiteierrez, gmendez@umich.edu

    Participation open to: All students

    The Health Policy Student Association (HPSA) provides and supports educational and professional development opportunities for all students interested in health policy.

    Members come from many disciplines and degree programs including public health, public policy, law, social work, business, medicine, dentistry, and nursing. HPSA is a place for students to participate in health policy related events including guest speakers, local and national level meetings, panel discussions, policy outreach efforts, and a variety of social activities.

    HPSA is a growing organization with opportunities for leadership roles, career enhancement, skill development and networking in the health policy world.

    Email hpsa.um@gmail.com for more information.

    Officers:
    President: Amira Haider, amirahdr@umich.edu
    Vice President: Rachel Domzalski, rdomzals@umich.edu
    Education Chair: Abigail Lindsay, abmama@umich.edu
    Advocacy Chair: Ketan Revankar, krevan@umich.edu
    Professional Development Chair: Jumanah Anwar, janwar@umich.edu
    Finance Chair: Hassan Kourani, hkourani@umich.edu
    Marketing & Communications Chair: Kyra Martin, kyragm@umich.edu

    Participation open to: Master's students only

    Intramural sports is a fun way to meet some great people and enjoy Michigan. For those of you interested in a bit more competition, we offer a slate of competitive teams in all of the major sports; for those who want to come out and simply enjoy your evenings, we will also offer recreational teams. 2014 Champions: Mens and Grad Sand Volleyball, Flag Football, and Wally Ball. 2014 Runner-ups: Basketball, Co-Rec and Grad 5-5 Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Co-Rec and Women's Swimming, Dodgeball, and Indoor Volleyball.

    Participation open to: Master's students only

    International Policy Student Association (IPSA) promotes, facilitates, sustains, and provides opportunities for the study of international policy issues at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. IPSA provides networking and skills-building to help students to explore international careers, to network with global organizations, and to learn about international policy in a professional and academic environment. IPSA also compiles information about international policies, international organizations, and relevant international events for students resources.

    IPSA benefits from distinguished Ford School faculty members who are experts in the fields of international political, economic, and social policies. IPSA maintains a close relationship with International Policy Center (IPC) at Ford School which is one of nation leading institution for interdisciplinary research, education, and policy dialogue on international economics, security, and human rights.

    Officers:
    President: Charlie Collins, cmcol@umich.edu
    Communications Chair: Moriah Nacionales-Tafoya, moriahn@umich.edu 

    Participation open to: All students

    The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs (MJPA) is the student-run academic journal of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. The MJPA promotes dialogue on a wide range of public policy issues by publishing a diverse group of contributors, ranging from students to public policy professionals. Co-editors-in-chief, to be selected. For more information, email fsppmjpa@umich.edu.

    Officers:
    Editor in Chief: Nicholas Birdsong, nbrdsong@umich.edu
    Managing Editor: Maxwell Kaufman, kaufmax@umich.edu
    Web Editor: Kalena Thomhave, kalena@umich.edu
    Assistant Web Editor: Matt Shrsweeney, sehmatt@umich.edu 
    Communications Director: Kristina Curtiss, curtissk@umich.edu

    Participation open to: Master's students only

    Officers:
    Chair: Javi Pineiro, javiergp@umich.edu

    Participation open to: Master’s students only

    Out in Public is the LGBTQ and ally group at the Ford School of Public Policy. We seek to create a welcoming space for LGBTQ people at the Ford School, engage the wider Ford School community in dialogue about LGBTQ issues and connect with other LGBTQ groups across campus. Bachelors students, Masters students, PhD students, faculty and staff are all welcome.

    Officers:
    Board Member: Dominique Baeta, dbaeta@umich.edu

    Participation open to: All students

    Policy for the People is a space for students who are interested in learning more about Leftist ideology through discussions, speakers, and direct actions. We are dedicated to supporting, advocating for, and establishing socially, politically, and economically equitable institutions, policies, and systems in local and international communities. We understand that social, political, and economic issues are inherently intertwined so that to address one we must address the others.

    Participation open to: All students

    The mission of SCPP is to create an environment at the Ford School and within the University of Michigan campus community in which public policy students of color can succeed emotionally, academically, and professionally. SCPP meets regularly to provide a place for discussion of policy and personal issues and to organize activities. The organization, which welcomes all interested students.

    Officers:
    Outreach Chair: Anna Nguyen, adonguye@umich.edu

    Participation open to: Master's students only

    Officers:
    Chair: Kuvin Satyadev, kuvins@umich.edu
    Vice Chair: Yasmine Elkharssa, yelkhars@umich.edu
    Executive Coordinator: Malak Kalasho, kmalak@umich.edu
    Treasurer: Neil Nakkash, nakkashn@umich.edu
    Social Coordinator: Zeinab Alhashemi, alhashe@umich.edu

    Participation open to: Undergraduate students only

    WeListen is a grassroots, campus-based organization working to bridge the American political divide. Through biweekly discussion sessions on topics ranging from gun control to free speech, we facilitate small-group conversations (not debates!) between people with divergent political viewpoints. We're looking for students of various backgrounds with views across the political spectrum (Democrats, Republicans, or neither) who are interested in learning why someone might not agree with them. We hope to show that political disagreement is not inherently hostile, and that constructive political discourse is both possible and valuable.

    Officers:
    Co-President: Hanna Kelly, hannake@umich.edu
    Co-President: Jasper Scheiber, schjasp@umich.edu
    VP of Finance: Ciara Nolan, nolancia@umich.edu
    VP of Operations: Leo Lofy, llofy@umich.edu
    VP of Content: Raj Aryal, rajaryal@umich.edu
    VP of Outreach: Caroline Martin
    Head Moderator: Taylor Smith

    Participation open to: All students

    Formed in 2002, Women and Gender in Public Policy engages the Ford School community in a dialogue about gender and related domestic and international public policies. WGPP promotes professional development activities by facilitating communication and networking among current students, Ford School alumni, faculty, and working professionals to form a lasting community of policy professionals.

    Officers:
    Chair: Lara Lasic, llasic@umich.edu
    Undergraduate Liaison: Olivia Davis, ogdavis@umich.edu
    Graduate Liaison: Colleen Gaffney, cmgaffne@umich.edu
    At Large Board Member: Ally Stavros, allystav@umich.edu

    Participation open to: All students

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Student voices

Student organizations speak on Black Lives Matter.

Seven Ford School student organizations released statements of solidarity with the Black community and the movements for Black lives.
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