The Public Policy Challenge

The Public Policy Challenge is an interdisciplinary competition that is open to policy-minded Penn students who have an interest in any issue area.

The Challenge is an unparalleled opportunity for students to experience, connect, and serve.

Experience the policy process within a real world context.

The Challenge builds on an emerging area of concentration at Fels – the civic campaign – which describes the process of turning policy ideas into action. Students will begin to think of themselves as policy advocates and entrepreneurs. Guided by workshops and mentors, each team will choose a research-based policy proposal and will package it with an integrated campaign plan. 

Connect with colleagues across schools and disciplines.

University students and faculty from almost every field are able to affect public policy, but too few opportunities exist for policy work across disciplines. Genuine solutions to public challenges require leaders to draw upon a network of individuals and organizations with various types of specialized knowledge. The Challenge creates a forum for fostering interdisciplinary collaboration around common interests, broadening student networks, and strengthening ties across Penn.

Serve the community in which you live, focusing on significant regional issues.

To an increasing degree, metropolitan regions around the United States are finding it necessary to move beyond purely local interests. But traditional politics can create barriers to these efforts, as the scope of most decision-making bodies remains either too broad or too narrow for effective regional action. The Challenge requires student teams to identify ways in which local leaders can work together toward mutual benefit. Teams will tailor their plans to the specific needs of regional stakeholders, some of whom will serve as final judges.

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Questions? Email thechallenge@sas.upenn.edu.

Written By: Callie Woods (SAS '15)

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 Read about the 2015 Penn Public Policy Challenge Finalists in our Meet the Teams series this week, and watch the teams compete in the Finals on March 1st at 1PM at WHYY Studios....

Read about the 2015 Penn Public Policy Challenge Finalists in our Meet the Teams series this week, and watch the teams compete in the Finals on March 1st at 1PM at WHYY Studios....

Read about the 2015 Public Policy Challenge Finalists in our Meet the Teams series this week, and watch the teams compete in the Finals on March 1st at 1PM at WHYY Studios. ...

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