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Student Leadership Council

The MPPA Student Leadership Council

The MPPA Student Leadership Council works to create opportunities and events that allow students and alumni to grow their knowledge of public policy and their professional networks. The Board began in Fall 2016 with a kickoff event that brought current students together with alums, the first Public Policy Trivia Night. Since then they have hosted a number of events and brought in guest speakers from organizations such as the Illinois Campaign for Change, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Illinois City/County Management Association.

For more information about the MPPA Student Board and student events/opportunities, please contact

Vision Statement

Graduates of Northwestern's public policy and administration program will feel a sense of comradery with their classmates and a deep understanding of the public policy field in practice.

Mission Statement

The MPPA Student Leadership Council strives to serve the program by broadening awareness of public policy in practice and building a sense of community and inclusion in the graduate program.



Networking Opportunities and Events Calendar

Each quarter, the Council hosts First Friday socials on the first Friday of the quarter and the lecture series Practical Policies.

 Visit the MPPA Student Council's Planit Purple calendar to check for upcoming events.


Practical Policies Lecture Series

Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research co-hosts a lecture series developed by the council specifically for MPPA students, Practical Policies: Real world applications of policy theories with IPR. By attending the Practical Policies lectures, students are able to enjoy a public policy-based doctoral research presentation, increase their knowledge of their field, and develop an interest to pursue similar topics in higher education. These unique research topics conducted by Northwestern's best post-doctoral students provide MPPA students crucial information on how to pursue research following graduation.


First Fridays Offer Students Space for Networking

First Fridays have been held at the beginning of each quarter for the past year. Students from the Northwestern Master’s of Public Policy and Administration program are invited to meet on the first Friday of each quarter from 6:00 to 9:30 pm at Timothy O’Toole’s to discuss upcoming classes, aspects of the program, and public policy opportunities throughout the community. The MPPA Student Leadership Council launched First Fridays to create an opportunity for students to connect with classmates in an informal and fun setting. The council believes it is important to cultivate a sense of community within the program and welcomes all students to participate in this quarterly event. "First Fridays are great! I always get to meet new people in the program and usually get to reconnect with others I haven't seen in a while. I've been to a number of First Fridays since I started the MPPA program and each has been a worthwhile night," said Katherine Nunes, current MPPA student. The event has been so popular that alumni from the program also attend. Nick Mathiowdis, a 2017 grad told us, “I love First Fridays! It’s always a great time to catch up with other alumni friends and to hear about where they are in their careers." "It’s also a great way to welcome new students to the program," said Elizabeth Christian, MPPA Student Leadership Council President.
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