University of California, Riverside – School of Public Policy Overview

University of California, Riverside – School of Public Policy Overview

October 13, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The UCR School of Public Policy is a great
fit for anyone who wants to be able to find solutions for the communities and issues that
they care about. We are training tomorrow’s leaders in data-driven,
solution-based policy making. We place an emphasis on applying policy lessons from
other parts of the world to solve the problems facing California and especially the inland
region. What we’re able to do is take what we learn
and apply it to the real world here in inland Southern California, the state of California, and beyond. The UCR School of Public Policy is great at
connecting current students with jobs, internship opportunities with placements once we graduate. Every student is required to have an internship
and we get placed into really amazing, local agencies. Also, because of its focus on engagement with
the community, has provided a great platform for talking about the research with policymakers,
and also getting feedback from them on the research that we do. So that’s been very valuable as well. It encourages solution-seeking at all times. And so I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter
where I am, or what issue I’m working on. There’s a solution that can be found and it’s
up to me to be able to find it. So when I was looking to apply to different
public policy programs, one thing that stood out about UCR was the world-class faculty
that it has. You have professors who’ve been published
in international and national journals. We have folks who are thought-leaders in their
specific areas of interest so when I was looking at the different universities I wanted to
apply to, UCR definitely stood out. Part of our charge as faculty members is to
look at policy-relevant issues that are confronting California. The information that we generate is applicable
state-wide, nation-wide, and internationally too. It actually helps my research when I can talk
to graduate students and undergraduate students that come from various backgrounds and that
have experienced some of the things that we study in our research. You really do interact with a variety of individuals
that all have and share the common goal to pursue higher education and to find their
purpose in this world. UCR is really committed to the needs of the
community themselves, and so they’re trying to recruit from the community, build the capacity
of the community, and ultimately change the future of the inland empire, and I find that
really inspirational.