I am thrilled to announce the Clark-Fox Policy Institute has inducted its very first cohort of Clark-Fox Policy Institute Graduate Policy Scholars. Spanning an academic year, the program offers accepted Brown School students a specialized learning opportunity to build capacity for policy practice. It is a rigorous and immersive experience that helps participants understand the formation of social policy as a high-impact tool for positive social change. Students are offered a host of rich experiences, one-on-one mentoring and advising, and trainings outside of the classroom.
During the first year of the program, our inaugural scholars networked with policy leaders, developed skills in policy practice, had their work published in various media outlets, and served as ambassadors of the Institute.
When the program was announced last Fall, we anticipated admitting a small cohort, however there was overwhelming interest and we received an abundance of applications – almost one out of every ten Brown School students applied. The exceptional social work, public health and social policy students that were accepted to and completed the program represent the pioneers of a growing network of policy scholars committed to social justice and racial equity.
As many of our scholars graduated last week, we celebrate their dedication to understanding the complexities of policy and look forward to seeing them improve lives and move us toward a more just and equitable world.
Associate Dean for External Affairs
Director, Clark-Fox Policy Institute
Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis