Public policy & society

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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Latest news about public policy & society

  • School of Public Affairs faculty discuss responses to COVID-19 pandemic

    Apr 29, 2020 by Emma Martz
    A faculty panel discussed how their own work can inform critical challenges facing decision-makers. These include how the political environment is shaping the crisis response, the adaptation of first responders and health systems to new demands, as well as the impacts of stay-at-home orders on domestic violence.
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  • Trophy for Top 25 ranking

    For second year in a row, School of Public Affairs places in Top 25 in national rankings

    Mar 17, 2020 by Toula Wellbrook
    U.S. News & World Report today released its 2021 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, in which University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs maintains its position from last year: tied at number 25 in the nation for overall public affairs programs. The 2021 ranking positions the School of Public Affairs alongside Duke University, Florida State University, Georgetown University, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland–College Park, University of Nebraska–Omaha and University of Wisconsin–Madison. Additionally, the ranking sustains the school’s position as the top public affairs school in Colorado.
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    Panel Discusses the Arts as Catalyst in Strengthening Denver’s Communities

    Mar 12, 2020 by Emma Martz
    On March 6, the School of Public Affairs hosted a diverse and expert panel of creative individuals to share their thoughts on how the arts can and do strengthen Denver’s communities. The event, "The Arts as Catalyst in Strengthening Denver’s Communities," part of the CU Denver School of Public Affairs First Friday Breakfast Series, was moderated by Dr. Jane Hansberry, an Associate Professor, Clinical Teaching Track, at the school.
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  • School of Public Affairs hosts “Women in Leadership: A View from Governmental Agencies”

    Dec 18, 2019 by Emma Martz
    The University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs hosted a First Friday Breakfast on December 6th, featuring an all-female panel of leaders within government agencies. Panelists included: Jennifer Hoffman, City Manager of the City and County of Broomfield; Angela Belden Martinez, Regional Director of the US Economic Development Administration; Patty Salazar, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA); and Dionne Williams, Executive Director of the Office of Children’s Affairs for the City and County of Denver. The panel was moderated by Dr. Sebawit Bishu, who is an assistant professor at the CU Denver School of Public Affairs and a research fellow for the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.
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  • Panelists at the November 8, 2019 First Friday Breakfast

    CU Denver School of Public Affairs convenes discussion with expert panel on 2019 Colorado election results

    Nov 14, 2019 by Emma Martz
    CU Denver School of Public Affairs hosted its third First Friday Breakfast of the semester on November 8th. Breaking from tradition, the event was held on the second Friday of the month in order to provide the public with time to digest the results of the 2019 Colorado elections, held on November 5, and to convene a balanced discussion between three expert panelists.
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