College of Public Policy
Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series
The College of Public Policy presented its first installment of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring guest lecturer, Alexander Garvin. His lecture, entitled Public Parks and Livable Cities, added momentum to the on-going discussion of San Antonio’s urban redevelopment. Mr. Garvin’s prominence in his field of urban planning and public parks encouraged much discussion and stimulated new ideas regarding urban development.
As part of The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the College of Public Policy engaged Marta Tienda to present a lecture on Demography and Unequal Educational Opportunity: What I Learned from Texas. Dr. Tienda is the Maurice P. Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her lecture was based on a project regarding inequality and education that addressed many issues related to the current debate on Texas education. Both lectures had an estimated attendance of 200 guests.
Comparative Criminal Justice in Spain
Criminal Justice students took part in the 2nd annual CRJ Study Abroad program to Spain. The two-week program was led by Professors Roger Enriquez, J.D., and Henry Meade, M.P.A. While abroad, students visited the cities of Elche, Alicante, Valencia, and Barcelona where they sat in on lectures given by various university and city officials.
The Universidad Miguel Hernandez De Elche hosted a presentation for our students regarding the criminology in Spain as well as immigration laws and issues. The group visited the Supreme Court in Alicante where they were given a presentation about common court cases and crime statistics in the surrounding area. Here, the students were able to make connections between the United States and Spain’s criminal justice system's.
COPP Students Awarder Archer Center Fellowships
Two graduate students from the College were awarded Archer Center fellowships for this summer, Sarah Osborn in Public Administration, and Jerica Owukori in Social Work. The Archer Graduate Program is in its third year and offers students the opportunity to live in Washington, D.C. for the summer, take classes and participate in a rigorous internship with agencies and organizations that the students select. Sarah interests lie in domestic and international disaster response and she is interning with the Georgetown University Dept. of Emergency Management. Jerica’s areas of interest include health care disparities and pediatric health and she is interning with the DC Public Schools Urban Education Leaders Program.