What interests you about public policy?
“I’m interested in the Public Policy Research Scholars program, and public policy in general, because effective legislation is one of the best means to promote lasting social change. In an era of fake news and media sound bites, the public is often inundated with causes and stories. Impassioned and inflamed, many participate in protests, or sign up to vote in the next election cycle. While I am in great support of marches and voting, after the signs are put away and the forms signed, we must utilize the next step in our legislative process: pushing for adequate legislation that addresses our concerns. But how do we measure the success of such policies? Thus, I am interested in harnessing the ability to quantifiably measure and promote high-performing solutions in order to better serve our communities.”
What do you hope to gain from the PPRS experience?
“I’m excited to join the PPRS community and partake in opportunities I would never have come across elsewhere. I’m looking forward to assisting my professors in research, learning how they assess such global issues in their broken-down, measurable parts, and spending a summer interning in the always robust DC. I, along with my peers, will take advantage of the special events put on by PPRS, and build upon a shared knowledge-base together as we learn and inquire during these panels. This network of peers and mentors alike will allow room for exploration outside the classroom or internship. Our different focuses will teach us how interconnected and multifaceted each policy issue is, and how understanding the nuances of these connections is integral in making sure policies created do no harm to other groups.”