By Matthew Lardner, MPP Candidate 2018 Historically, the federal government has never included questions about sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI) in vital surveys like the US Census or the American Community Survey (ACS). Government officials depend on the information gathered from these types of surveys to deliver services to underserved and unserved communities. … Continue reading Stand Up and Be Counted: Why We Need the LGBT Data Inclusion Act
Photo courtesy of Bill Hoban, Sonoma Index-Tribune. By Molly Curley O’Brien, MPP/MBA Candidate 2019 It’s 3 a.m., early Friday, in the library at Sonoma Valley High School, five days after the fires broke out on October 9th. I notice an evacuee trying, more like struggling, to sit up on her cot, and … Continue reading Susan’s Story: How Our Disaster Response Fails Seniors
By Rick Rivera, MBA/MPP candidate 2018 Welcome to a new year with the Policy Forum. We are so glad to be back, reorganized and energized after a long summer hiatus. While, as a student-led publication, we’re closely tied to the academic year, a large part of why we’ve been gone so long is the transition … Continue reading The Dog Days Are Over: a Letter From the Editor
By Rick Riviera, MBA/MPP Candidate 2018 The closest I’ve come to crying since November 8th was watching Last Week Tonight’s five-minute montage of people describing all the ways 2016 has been horrible (besides the election), followed by John Oliver dynamiting a giant 2016 sign in an empty stadium . It was a catharsis that I … Continue reading Public Policy Still Matters – Where Can We Go From Here?
Sabine Nicole Talaugon, MPP 2013 In California, K-12 public school curriculum often distorts and underrepresents American Indian history, culture, and governance. This historical bias is inherited from materials in the past that sought to justify the genocide, indentured servitude, forced relocation and forced educational assimilation of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) people. Historical bias … Continue reading Addressing “Anti-Indian” Historical Bias in California Public Schools Through Best Practices