Throughout the semester our students grappled with difficult questions related to public policy, explored current events, considered ongoing political cycles, and confronted conventional wisdom to produce a policy recommendation that addresses the Public Policy challenge they are most passionate about. Join us on Wednesday, December 9 at 10:10 AM EST for a series of lighting talks presented by the Public Policy Program’s Class of 2020.  Our students will present their Public Policy Capstone Papers and Policy Briefs, which address a wide variety of pressing Public Policy challenges including criminal justice reform, education access and equity, and the proliferation of the gig economy.

Hunter College’s Public Policy Program, located in historic Roosevelt House, is based on the understanding that the preparation of informed individuals is the key to a vibrant participatory democracy. Students have an opportunity to interact first-hand with policy experts and practitioners, both in the classroom and outside, and learn how policies responding to urgent issues are created, how communities – across race, class, gender, sexuality, immigration status, among other differences – come together to demand change, who benefits from specific policies, and the ways in which the impact of laws can be assessed. These are important skills that enable graduates to embark on careers in public affairs and the nonprofit sector or remain engaged in public affairs or social justice at local, national, or global levels.

Mohamad Amin
Unemployment and Inequality: As Resulting from Modern Automation Advances

Sasha Balkaran
Addressing NYC Immigrant Health and Mental Health Inequities during COVID-19

Max Deutsch
The Gig Economy, Monopoly, and Precarity: Combatting Inequality and Corporate Consolidation with Anti-Trust Law

Juan Diaz Rodriguez
Education Equity in New York City

Vanessa Fuentes
Food Insecurity in New York: Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Raisa Lin Garden-Lucerna
Environmental Racism in Urban Planning: A Study of New York City’s Airports and Surrounding Communities

Ismerlyn Gonzalez
Addressing the Economic Insecurity of Undocumented Students in New York State

Brandon Melendez
Criminal Justice Reform in New York City

Gustavo Moran
Preparing Brooklyn’s Workforce for the Innovations Economy

Becks Zimberg
Addressing Chronically Underfunded Schools in Low-income Neighborhood


Public Policy Capstone Presentations Fall 2020 | Posted on December 4th, 2020 | Public Policy Program Events