Student organizations are an integral part of the SPP community – they recruit policymakers and scholars to speak at the school, provide a forum for students to discuss shared policy interests, raise money for deserving charities, promote international perspectives and more.
Black Students in Public Policy
Black Students in Public Policy (BSIPP) was established in 2017 for the express purpose of creating a stronger sense of community among Black students at the School. BSIPP provides a safe space for Black students and other students of marginalized identities in both the graduate school (masters and PhD students) and undergraduate public policy major. BSIPP also exists to serve our community through volunteering, educational programs, and advocacy throughout campus.
Environmental Policy Council
The Environmental Council is a student organization open to both graduate and undergraduate students within the School. The purpose of the Environmental Council is to engage in projects and activities that enhance environmental well-being, build the council’s network through communication and social engagements and provide scholarly opportunities to improve professional development and representation at the School. Some events hosted in the past year include: Environmental Council Networking Night, Protected Lands Forum, Environmental Career Panel and Volunteering at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge.
International Development Policy Council
The International Development (IDEV) Council is a student-run organization at the School that is committed to enhancing the international development specialization to meet students’ needs, enrich students’ development worldview, assist in students’ professional development and facilitate a sense of community among international students. The Council is a link between the School and students, and also provides additional learning and networking opportunities for current IDEV students and alumni. It also partners with the Center for International & Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) to organize weekly CISSM Global Forums that highlight important security and development issues.
International Security and Economic Policy Council
The International Security and Economic Policy (ISEP) Council is a student organization that works to enhance the academic, professional and social experience of ISEP students at the School. The ISEP Council is a forum for students to discuss relevant issues and acts as a liaison with the School’s faculty and administration. It organizes networking, professional development and educational opportunities for the SPP community and sends a weekly newsletter listing events of interest around Washington, DC. The ISEP Council seeks to foster a stronger sense of community between ISEP students, alumni and faculty.
International Student Council
Established at the end of 2015, the International Student Council is a student organization aimed at supporting international students and promoting culture and diversity on the UMD campus. Events include academic and work field workshops, experience-sharing panels with alums, happy hours, potlucks and other cultural events. All international students are by default members of the council. However, the events are not exclusive and all are welcome to join. There will be fun activities coming up soon, and the council looks forward to meeting each and every one of you!
Kappa Omega Alpha (KOA)
Kappa Omega Alpha (KOA) is the premier public policy professional fraternity at the University of Maryland. The UMD KOA chapter was established in 2018 by Jacqueline Ford '20. KOA is open to anyone, regardless of year, major or background. KOA members are public leadership scholars, world travelers, business minors, first-semester freshmen, change the world consultants, community service volunteers, journalism majors, state senate campaign interns and everything in between.
Queer & Trans Students in Public Policy
Queer and Trans in Public Policy (QTiPP, for short) is a group for those connected to the University of Maryland who are interested in the intersection of the field of public policy, and the LGBTQIAP+/queer communities. Undergraduate and graduate students, including but not limited to those in the School, as well as alumni, are welcome! Our goals include holding discussions about current events; creating a network of LGBTQ+/queer students and professionals working in the fields of public policy; organizing panels, guest lectures, and other networking events; and anything else that furthers our goals as we decide going forward.
We are always excited to collaborate with other groups, both in and outside of the School. Also, allies are absolutely welcome!
This generation's college students want to make a difference. The Roosevelt Institution at UMD is the University chapter of a national network of student think tanks. Roosevelt Institution connects students' ideas to the political process and looks to train a new generation of leaders through leadership and community service.
Student Communications Council
The Student Communications Council is a group of undergraduate and graduate students passionate about both policy and communications. They provide feedback and guidance to elevate the School's marketing practices and ensure that we are communicating effectively with our students. Participants work directly with the School's communications team to gain valuable experience developing social media content, seeking news leads and more.
University of Maryland Public Policy Review
Founded in 2016, the University of Maryland Public Policy Review is a student-run journal that provides a platform for students to showcase their work while furthering discourse on university, state-wide, regional, national and global policy issues. Read the latest edition here.
Women in Public Policy
The Women in Public Policy (WiPP) was established in 2002 to promote women’s leadership in policy and increase awareness about issues affecting women and girls around the globe. The organization provides leadership, networking, professional development, education and service opportunities to the the SPP community.
WiPP is looking for students who are passionate about and interested in advocating, volunteering and developing policy solutions for issues affecting women and girls.
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