- Do you like public policy?
- Do you find public affairs interesting?
- Do you have a special cause for which you want to advocate?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, the Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is for you!
SPPF is a Maricopa Community Colleges program that is open to students who attend any of the ten Maricopa schools (including Rio Salado College). SPPF is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state, and national public policy making, and promotes citizen influence and involvement. SPPF gives students an up-close experience of how government works and culminates in travel to Washington, D.C., where students have the opportunity to lobby members of Congress on higher education issues that matter to them. Join today by completing program application. Or go to the Maricopa District website for more information.
Deadline is Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
The Student Public Policy Forum is two-semesters long, and includes speakers on public policy, academic coursework, and focused experiences on different areas of the public policy process. During the spring semester students take part in a 3-credit class that includes topics such as the Arizona Legislature, the United States Congress, Arizona courts, and hands-on advocacy in Washington, D.C.
Why should I join SPPF?
Through participation in SPPF you will . . .
- Gain confidence and interact with public officials
- Communicate effectively in a political context
- Effectively advocate for and with your community
- Learn the how and why of consensus building
- Develop and refine leadership skills
Students from all backgrounds, majors, and experiences are encouraged to apply. But students must meet the following program requirements:
- Maintain a minimum enrollment of six credit hours at the Maricopa Community Colleges during the 2018-19 academic year.
- Register for the SPPF section of POS285 at either Mesa Community College or Glendale Community College for the Spring 2019 semester.
- Be a U.S. citizen or lawful resident.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above for all college coursework and maintain a semester GPA of 2.5 or above. Students in their first semester of college must have had a high school GPA or GED equivalency of 2.5 or above.
- Agree to all program guidelines and ground rules.
- Review, complete and submit the attached application by Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.