UMD School of Public Policy

UMD School of Public Policy


Shout out to Erkin Yalcin for organizing the inaugural meeting of the WBG-IMF UMD alumni group
Saw a friend this morning, happy graduation day!
Hi fellow MPP folks. We at Maryland LCV are looking for great summer interns! great environmental policy and nonprofit management experience! Apply today and feel free to share!
Hello Public Policy Students, I graduated in 2011 and I have been working with a number of organizations including the National Nurses United, Progressive Maryland, and Healthcare As a Human Right Maryland, to name a few, and we are working to educate, organize and mobilize around supporting Congresswoman Jayapal's Medicare for All bill. I'm hosting a Medicare for All barnstorm and canvassing on February 23 and March 23 at my house not too far from College Park. This is a great opportunity for those interested in getting more experience in political action. Please let me know if you have any question!
It's not too early to start thinking about courses for the 2018-2019 school year! Join us for one of SPP's most interesting courses, a 9-day study abroad in Peru. We will be visiting 4 cities (Lima, Cusco, Madre de Dios, and Puerto Maldonado) and looking at a wide variety of policy issues, from environmental conservation to human rights to economic development and beyond.

Established in 1981, the University of Maryland School of Public Policy is one of the nation's leading graduate programs devoted to the study of public policy, management and international affairs. We are the only policy school in the Washington area embedded in a major research university. Located inside the Capitol Beltway, we are a short Metro ride from Congress, federal agencies, international organizations, think tanks, and numerous non-governmental and non-profit organizations. As the flagship campus of the University of Maryland, we serve the State as well as the greater policy community through policy research and education at all levels—international, national, state and local. We encourage you to share your comments and ideas. We value and respect diverse viewpoints and welcome productive dialogue within our Terp community. However, Facebook comments created by other users and not by the University do not reflect the opinions or views of the University or University employees. Furthermore, we retain the discretion to delete unacceptable comments including comments that: -Contain discriminatory, obscene, unlawful, threatening, harassing or defamatory language, images, video or content; -Contain commercial endorsements, advertisements, or are considered "spam" – repeated posting of identical or very similar content; or -Disclose confidential information, or personally identifiable information, such as an e-mail address, home address, or phone number for yourself or others This page is not monitored 24/7. If you have an emergency, please contact the appropriate authorities.

#Tbt to the 2019 Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new SPP building! We miss attending events with our wonderful community on campus and we hope you’re staying safe and healthy, #PolicyTerps! ❤️ @ University of Maryland, College Park

We are so proud of SPP Professor Ricco Hall for winning the College Park Scholars Faculty Appreciation Award for "The Most Engaging in Class"!

Watch the virtual award ceremony here:

#PolicyTerps #UMDTransforms

Congratulations 👏 to those individuals recognized today with a 2020 Scholars Faculty and Staff Award!! These student-nominated awards show just how much of an impact our faculty and staff have on their students:

> The Ken Joseph Outstanding Mentor Award: Alison Burns, interim director, Media, Self and Society Scholars

> The Unsung Hero Award: Claudia Donnelly, assistant director, Business, Society and the Economy (BSE) Scholars

> The Most Engaging in Class Award: Ricco Hall, lecturer, Public Leadership Scholars

> The Face of Their Field Award: Mark Wellman, director, BSE Scholars

> (S)Our Cream of the Crop Award ("Create Your Own" category): Jimmy McClellan, assistant director, Life Sciences Scholars

Watch the award "ceremony" video here:

#ScholarsFacstaff #WeAreScholars

Happy #WellnessWednesday, #PolicyTerps!

SPP recently spoke with Anthony Sartori ‘18, founder of Evolving Minds, a Do Good Institute Scale Your Impact organization that aims to empower youth to create a culture of care. Right now, Evolving Minds is working to make mental healthcare accessible for all by pivoting to deliver services virtually.

Check out Sartori’s tips for mindfulness:

Calling all graduating students! Have a message to share with your fellow grads? Share your photos, videos, and reflections using #PolicyTerps and #UMDgrad for a chance to be featured in both University of Maryland's virtual commencement and a special SPP Sendoff. ❤️🎓

Happy #NationalTeacherAppreciationDay! SPP asked #PolicyTerps to shoutout teachers who they appreciate...

Students Recognized for Achievements in Service, Leadership, Academics

SPP is so proud of Senam Okpattah MPP ‘20 for her induction into the Maryland Medallion Society!

Okpattah is now a finalist for UMD’s three biggest awards for undergraduates: the H.C. Byrd Award, the Sally Sterling Byrd Award, and the Wilson H. Elkins Award. Recipients will be announced on Friday. #PolicyTerps

More info here: Annual University Awards Celebration Goes Virtual

Today is your last chance, #PolicyTerps! Take 2 minutes to DM us a brief shoutout and help make someone's day!

Help us celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, #PolicyTerps!

“This is Buddy. She is a 15 year old cockatiel who loves pretzels and naps. Buddy also studies with her human and yells when she doesn't get enough attention.” -- Madelyne Grim, MPP ‘21

Thank you for sending us your #PolicyPets, #PolicyTerps! Keep ‘em coming! 🐥

Help us celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, #PolicyTerps!

“Meet Bruce! Bruce loves joining his family for meals and sitting at the kitchen table like a human! His favorite foods are cheese and pizza. #Relatable. He is known to snore loudly while napping and loves his dog siblings.” -- Katie Morton, MPM ‘20 🐶🐱💘🍕

Keep sending us your #PolicyPets for a chance to be featured, #PolicyTerps!

Happy #WellnessWednesday, policy terps! ❤️🐢☀️

The UMD Health Center is hosting a free group meditation session tomorrow from 10:30-11:30 AM & the Office of International Affairs is asking students to share their experiences with quarantine to connect the community:

For more info, check out our website:

#StayGlobalUMD #ShellsUnited

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken UMD’s global community, but the Office of International Affairs at UMD has worked hard to provide services for international students and scholars, as well as study abroad students. Global UMD is also working to foster cross-cultural exchange in this time of social distancing.

SPP encourages #PolicyTerps to share your cultural quarantine activities, your stories of how COVID-19 has impacted you, and recommendations for how we can #StayGlobalUMD. View more prompts and share your thoughts with us here:


In His Own Words: Ellis McKennie - University of Maryland Athletics

Take a few minutes to read this moving story written by one of our very own #PolicyTerps, Ellis McKennie MPP '20, about his family's struggle with Covid-19. We couldn't be prouder of McKennie for his unwavering strength and bravery. The SPP community is in this together. ❤️ Millions of Americans have powerful stories about how the coronavirus has affected their lives. No single story is more difficult or significant than another. My name is Ellis McKennie, and this is my coronavirus story.

While we're sad we won't be able to see you on McKeldin Mall at the #PolicyTerps tent today, we here at Maryland wanted to give a fun, informative and stress-relieving activity book to help entertain families in these trying times.

Go over to to download and get started. Then share your progress and creativity with us by posting with #MarylandDay.

#FlashBackFriday to SPP’s 2016 event with Vice President and Environmentalist Al Gore! Earth Day might be over, but #PolicyTerps celebrate our planet year-round. 🌎 Raise your hand if you’re studying sustainability in any form - through a policy major, minor or just in your everyday life! 🖐🙋🙋‍♂️️

“Here’s my very new #policypet, Marla! She's a 3 year old lab mix that we adopted on April 6 from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in DC. She is the sweetest little lady that loves to destroy squeaky toys, go for long walks, and tuck herself in for the night promptly at 9pm.” -- Ella Clarke, MPP ‘21

Share your #PolicyPets with the hashtag or in the comments!

Happy Earth Day, #PolicyTerps! What is one way you protect our planet? 🌎 Reply in the comments below ⬇️

Meet Gus, Kat LaTour ’s ’20 MPP ’22 not-so-humble bff! Gus is a four-year-old and knows just how cute he is. 💁‍♀️He enjoys bird-watching, cardboard boxes, occasional walks on his leash, knocking important objects off of the counter, and snuggling with nice humans, like you! 🥰 #PolicyPets

The Hidden Pre-Existing Condition

SPP is proud of #PolicyTerp Raymond Nevo '20 for his work with the National Housing Trust. Check out this article he wrote about the intersection of housing policy and COVID-19: How housing inequality is a driver for COVID-19 inequality.

Hey admitted #PolicyTerps, we want YOU to join us for the Admitted Student Open House tomorrow from 7 - 8 p.m.

Learn more about the benefits of being part of the SPP community, a family away from home! Remember to click on the link below during the scheduled time & check your email for the password!

University of Maryland Admissions

Calling all #PolicyTerps Alumni! We hope you and your loved ones are doing well. We want to invite you to participate in an ongoing social media campaign called #ShellsUnited, which intends to spread messages of hope and encouragement within the Terps community.

To take part, please post a message along with your favorite Terp pride photo on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using #ShellsUnited. We particularly encourage you to post messages of support for the Class of 2020 and current students. Posts will be featured on a new website ( dedicated to building and supporting our community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please note that your message will only appear if your profile is public. If your profile is private or you’d rather send directly, submit your message at or send your photo/message via email to [email protected] and the Maryland School of Public Policy Alumni Board may share and/or compile these into a collage for sharing on social media accounts!

Hey #PolicyTerps, we want to hear any questions you might have about international responses to global health emergencies. Join us for an Instagram Live on:

Friday, April 24 | 11 a.m. with assistant professor and CISSM research associate Cat Worsnop

To submit your Q’s, comment on this post, DM us or email [email protected] by 6 p.m. on April 23. See you then!

Attn. #PolicyTerps: It's never been a better time to support the Terp community and small businesses. If you are a Terp business owner, or know of a Terp-owned business, we want to hear from you!

Share the name of the company, the website, the name and class year(s) of the Terp owner, and a one sentence description of the services that are provided or offered on your network page, along with the hashtag #TerpBusiness.

For your network, check here:

University of Maryland Alumni Association

While SPP isn’t able to host in-person gatherings, join us virtually at these upcoming events for a chance to reconnect with the #PolicyTerps community:

April 21: Webinar: Serve and Grow with Americorps
April 21: Virtual Open House: Undergraduate Admitted Students
April 24: Instagram Live: Learn About SPP Assistant Professor Catherine Worsnop’s Research on COVID-19
April 27: Webinar: Salary Negotiation

For more upcoming virtual events, visit our events calendar:

Reminder: Today we are hosting a social media live session for interested students at 7 p.m.

Join us to hear from current students, alumni and admissions staff!

***Interested graduate students: be sure to join on Twitter, where graduate admissions staff will be joining our undergrad team to answer grad-specific questions***

Facebook: Right here at 7 p.m. 👆
Instagram: @/umdpublicpolicy

Hey #PolicyTerps, our Career Services team wants to know about your internship from Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020! 💼

Please take a minute to fill out the form:

Lulu, SPP Staff Member Bryan Kempton’s dog, is a pit bull rescue and a sweetheart. 💖 Lulu loves belly rubs and will hold your hand on her belly with her paw to prolong them. Recently, she has found a new distancing is RUFF! 😬🤪 #PolicyPets

Calling all first-year graduate and incoming undergraduate #PolicyTerps: fellowship application deadlines are coming up!

Grad students: SPP is accepting apps for merit-based fellowship awards of $2,500 until April 22. APPLY:

Undergrads: Apply to the Gladys Noon Spellman Fellowship Fund by April 15. Multiple merit based and need based awards will be given in the amount of $1,000 - $2,000. APPLY:

Hey admitted undergrad #PolicyTerps, join us at the virtual Admitted Student Open House today from 1-2 p.m.

Learn more about SPP, the only undergraduate major inside the DC beltway at a major research university!

Check your email for the password!

#PolicyTerps, meet Zee, the border collie-lab mix! He is currently making the best of the stay-at-home order with his mom, policy major Rose Raufman ’20. Zee is an Aquarius, born on February 2, 2017. He loves to dig holes, tear up fabric, play fetch, and bark. Occasionally, he models. 🤩 Send us your #PolicyPets for a chance to be featured!

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We are one. 🐢 In these extraordinary times, Terps are separated by distance, but connected in spirit. By supporting each other, we will emerge from this pandemic with strength, pride and #ShellsUnited.

SPP is counting down the days! See you there 🙂

Dahlia, aka Goose, is a 12-year old Giant Schnoodle. SPP Staff Member Paul Brown got her from a groomer who let her husband babysit their Standard Poodle and Giant Schnauzer one weekend...oops! 🤭🙃 She loves walks, long naps 💤 on the furniture, chasing balls, and barking at the mail carrier. Grace is a four-year old Russian Blue who the Brown family found as a kitten one night outside their church, Grace Episcopal. She loves ignoring her family unless she’s hungry or they’re busy working, tormenting Dahlia, and acting superior to all other creatures. 👑#PolicyPets

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