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

  • CU Denver School of Public Affairs hosts 2019 APPAM conference in Denver

    Nov 9, 2019 by Toula Wellbrook
    CU Denver School of Public Affairs was a co-host for the 2019 conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel from November 7 to 9. This year’s conference theme was “Rising to the Challenge: Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence,” and more than 20 of the school’s faculty and students are participating. Below is a list of presentations by CU Denver School of Public Affairs.
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  • Mark Safty, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at CU Denver School of Public Affairs

    School of Public Affairs hosts First Friday Breakfast event themed on Colorado’s Energy Future

    Oct 11, 2019 by Emma Martz
    The CU Denver School of Public Affairs welcomed October with its First Friday Breakfast Series this past Friday, October 4th. Partnering with the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the CU Denver Business School, the event welcomed four expert panelists to discuss “Colorado’s Energy Future.”
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  • Panelist Cathy Alderman addressing the audience at First Friday Breakfast

    First Friday Breakfast event centered on homeless in metro Denver

    Sep 11, 2019 by Emma Martz
    The University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs hosted its September First Friday Breakfast on September 6, 2019, as a kick off to the seven-event series for this academic year. The event brought together an expert panel to discuss ‘Homelessness in Metro Denver: Policy, Prevention and Regional Approaches.’ The three-member panel was moderated by Lisa VanRaemdonck, the Executive Director of the CU Denver School of Public Affairs Institute and featured Cathy Alderman, Vice President of Communications and Public Policy for Colorado Coalition for the Homeless; Mark Deven, City Manager for the City of Arvada; and Britta Fisher, Chief Housing Officer for the City and County of Denver.
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  • Students learn about public service through lens of international development during study abroad in Africa

    Jun 12, 2019 by Guest Contributor
    Five students from CU Denver were joined by students from CU Boulder, Rollins College in Florida, and St. Edward’s University in Texas for a study abroad experience in East Africa. Participants were challenged to think differently and bigger about public service from the perspective of international development. Taking an interdisciplinary lens to East Africa, students listened and thought about the role that public management, public health and public service play in urban and rural communities.
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  • CU Denver School of Public Affairs hosts 2019 IPPA Spring Policy School

    May 30, 2019 by Toula Wellbrook
    University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs hosted the 2019 International Public Policy Association (IPPA) Policy School, which was held May 20 – 24, 2019. This week-long policy school provides participants with a unique and valuable opportunity to engage with scholars and doctoral students from around the world.
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  • Trophy for Top 25 award

    School of Public Affairs rises in national rankings, retains no. 1 spot in Colorado

    Mar 12, 2019 by Toula Wellbrook
    U.S. News & World Report today released its 2020 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, in which University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs advanced nine places since the 2018 rankings to tie for the number 25 position in the nation for overall public affairs programs. The 2020 ranking sustains the school’s position as the top public affairs school in Colorado.
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