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Public policy is the language used to formalize a society’s priorities and commitments to its members. The School of Public Affairs faculty conduct research in a wide range of substantive policy areas, such as education, health, and urban policy, as well as the social impacts of policies on marginalized populations and the nature of the policy process itself in a democratic society.

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COVID-19 and Public Affairs: A Conversation with CU Denver School of Public Affairs Faculty


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    How Promising is the Vaccine News if People Won't Take it?Opens in a new window

    Dec 8, 2020
    This op-ed was written by the Risk & Social Policy Working Group, an interdisciplinary team of scholars formed to study risk messaging and public policy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Deserai Crow of the CU Denver School of Public Affairs is part of the working group.
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    Missing the Mark: The Urgent Need for Cultural Intelligence in United States Public Administration

    Nov 8, 2020 by Dr. Wendy Bolyard
    Failure to recognize and appreciate that Americans are not all of the same culture undermines public service values and service delivery, something that the COVID-19 pandemic highlights. While federal agencies and contractors were recently banned by a presidential executive order from offering “divisive” and “un-American” anti-racism training, it is difficult not to see the value of learning to understand and adapt to cultural contexts. Cultural intelligence, or CQ, manifests respect and dignity for all while fostering fairness and equity. Thus, public administrators must seek opportunities for themselves and their teams to develop capabilities to function and manage in culturally diverse settings. Recognizing United States public administrators and the constituents they serve indeed reflect cultural diversity, and should, is paramount.
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