Spring 2020 Master’s Policy Reports

The Mills Policy Forum is hosting this year’s Master’s Policy Report digital posters online starting April 23, 2020. Posters summarizing the 2020 Mills MPP and MPP/MBA candidates’ research on current policy challenges for government and nonprofit clients will be displayed here as they become available. Constructive feedback on these works-in-progress is welcome while the students … Continue reading Spring 2020 Master’s Policy Reports

Synthetic Biology and Future-Focused Policy: Consider Adding Science to Your Public Policy Toolkit

  By Rodalyn Guinto, MPP 2017 As public policy experts and experts-in-training we are challenged to evaluate two types of public problems: first are the perennial public problems — the ones that have been around since the rise of the first empires and civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia. These include poverty, unemployment, food and water insecurity, … Continue reading Synthetic Biology and Future-Focused Policy: Consider Adding Science to Your Public Policy Toolkit

Do No Harm: How Safe Access Could Eliminate Racial Disparity in Drug Policy Enforcement

By Ryan Reaves, MPP Candidate 2018   Interacting with police can, at times, mean the difference between life and death. For cannabis users, whose lives have often necessitated regular involvement in illicit activities, police interactions likely occur more frequently. The risk may be greater still for drug users of color who live in communities disproportionately … Continue reading Do No Harm: How Safe Access Could Eliminate Racial Disparity in Drug Policy Enforcement

Schools for Sale: The Unintended Costs of Education Philanthropy

By Tucker Brofft, MPP/MBA Candidate 2019   Who really influences K-12 education? There are a host of potential answers; the Department of Education sets national policies, the states set education standards, and your local school board makes decisions around curriculum. This question is also complicated by the financial crises many school districts are suffering. School … Continue reading Schools for Sale: The Unintended Costs of Education Philanthropy