Student Public Policy Forum
What is SPPF?
The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy making, and citizen influence and involvement. A focus is placed on experiential learning and leadership development through engagement in the public policy process.
What is the Purpose of the Program?
SPPF provides students with learning opportunities that allow them to become educated and involved citizens. Students will have an opportunity to meet with a variety of elected officials and those working in the public policy arena. No prior political experience is necessary, students from all backgrounds, majors, and experiences are encouraged to participate.
Students must register for POS285 Political Issues and Public Policy. This 3 credit hybrid class is transferable to all three state universities and has a SB general education designation. Classes are offered at:
- Mesa Community College—Class #43099—Instructor B. Dille
- Glendale Community College—Class #43635—Instructor T. Desai
Students who successfully complete POS285 in the Fall will be eligible to apply to the SPPF Spring Academy. The Academy focuses on experiential earning opportunities giving students an up close experience of how government works and culminates with travel to Washington, D.C., where students have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staff on higher education issues that matter to them.
Does this Program fit into the Priorities of Maricopa Community Colleges?
The program teaches civic responsibility, which is one category within Maricopa’s mission statement. The district’s Center for Civic Participation oversees the SPPF program and other activities that enhance teaching and learning through the development of civic skills.