PLCY Major Helps Create Healthy Girls Save the World
UNC Public Policy Senior, Reena Gupta, has been recognized for her work in establishing Health Girls Save the World at UNC. Her passion for women's empowerment led her to establish the organization which brings young girls to campus and introduces them to role models and mentors. Reena also notes that she found the Public Policy major to be the best avenue to combine her interests in Political Science and Economics.
Ambassador-Designate Cassandra Butts meets with PLCY Students
The Honorable Cassandra Butts, President Obama’s former Deputy White House Counsel, met with UNC Public Policy students to discuss and answer questions about careers in public policy and law. On February 10, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Butts to be the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on Butts’ nomination on May 13, 2014. Butts attended the University of North Carolina, earning a B.A. in political science in 1987. She went to Harvard Law School, where she became close friends with President Obama. She received her law degree in 1991.
Professor Tricia Sullivan named Andrew Carnegie Foundation Fellow
The Andrew Carnegie Fellows are an exceptional group of established and emerging scholars, journalists, and authors whose work distills knowledge, enriches our culture, and equips leaders in the realms of science, law, business, public policy, and the arts.
Sullivan’s project investigates the long-term impacts of providing lethal assistance to non-state armed groups and the factors that mitigate or exacerbate the negative effects of state sponsored weapons flows into conflict zones.
UNC Public Policy and Honors Carolina: Knowledge, Skills & Experience in Washington, D.C.
The Burch Field Research Seminar on Domestic and International Affairs offers Carolina undergraduates a unique learning, living, and internship opportunity in our nation’s capital. The seminar offers students first-hand engagement with the actors and organizations that influence domestic and international affairs in Washington, D.C.
UNC Public Policy Professors Seek a Safer Way to Cook in Developing Countries
Smoke from burning fuels like wood and charcoal is the largest risk factor for disease and death in Rwanda, UNC Professors Handa and Jagger hope to change that with a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Handa and Jagger teamed up with public policy aluma Megan Strickland to assess Inyenyeri's work to lease energy-efficient cook stoves at an affordable cost. PhD student Ipsita Das will also assist the team in Rwanda.
UNC Public Policy Professor: Child Poverty in the U.S. is among the Worst in the Developed World
Dr. Ashu Handa is currently serving as the chief of social and economic policies for the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti. This office just produced the Innocenti Report Card 12, "Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries." The report shows that since 2008, 2.6 million more children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's most affluent countries.
UNC Public Policy Alumni Spotlight: Calyssa Lawyer '13, Challenge Detroit Fellow
UNC Publlic Policy alumna Calyssa Lawyer joined Challenge Detroit as a fellow in August of 2013, where she works for her host company, The Detroit Lions. Challenge Detroit is a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 30 of tomorrow's leaders to live, work, play, and give in and around the greater Detroit area for one year. By uniting a group of innovative, entrepreneurial thinkers, Challenge Detroit takes a significant step towards energizing the city's creative and professional core.
Public Policy is an interdisciplinary social science major designed to provide students with the theoretical perspective, analytical skill, and substantive knowledge needed to respond to major domestic and international policy problems. A double major in Public Policy and a related social science or professional school is common.
The 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk, graduated from UNC in 1818. Think you could be the next Tar Heel president? You might want to consider a major in public policy, which provides students with theoretical perspective, analytical skill, and substantive knowledge needed to respond to major domestic and global policy problems.