U-M marks milestone anniversary of public policy fellowship for diverse undergraduates

July 12, 2021
Contact: Rebecca Cohen rebcohen@umich.edu,
Jeff Karoub jkaroub@umich.edu


DATE: 5-6:30 p.m. July 26, 2021

EVENT: The University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy will host a virtual event marking the 40th anniversary of the Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship (formerly known as the Sloan or Woodrow Wilson fellowship). The Ford School has supported the PPIA since its inception in 1981 and has been one of just a handful of policy schools to host the seven-week educational initiative for diverse undergraduates students every summer.

To celebrate the milestone, the school will feature a panel of distinguished leaders, each of whom attended the U-M Junior Summer Institute and forged careers of great impact and service. They will share reflections on how their time in the PPIA program impacted their careers, what advice they have for young professionals interested in public service, and lessons learned about the role that universities can play in building more inclusive and equitable public institutions.

Ford School Dean Michael Barr will moderate the conversation. Panelists are Farouk Ophaso, chief of staff of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller); Kenita Williams, chief of staff for the Southern Education Foundation; and David Wilson, dean of University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

After the panel discussion, alumni and supporters of the program will join current PPIA students to share career advice and talk about current policy issues.