Skip to main content
Skip Navigation LinksRio Salado College / About Us / Teaching & Learning / Student Life and Leadership / Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF)

Contact Us

Student Life & Leadership
John Bastian
Coordinator Student Life & Leadership

Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF)

The Student Public Policy Forum (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.

Student Public Policy Forum


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

Admission Requirements:

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 fall and spring semesters.
  • Register for the SPPF section of POS115 at Estrella Mountain Community College during the spring 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. 
  • Agree to all program guidelines and ground rules.

For more information, visit the Student Public Policy Forum.  At Rio Salado College, please contact John Bastian at or 480-517-8656. 


John Bastian
Phi Theta Kappa &
Student Public Policy