Monday, April 16, 2012

Public Policy Forum Promotes Civic Responsibility

The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is a two-semester academic program that provides an overview of local, state, and national public-policy making. Participants will learn the importance of civic responsibility and the value of citizen advocacy. The 2012-13 SPPF is presented in a hybrid format utilizing in-person and online elements to provide students with an up-close understanding of how government works. The experience culminates in a trip to Washington, D.C., where students have the opportunity to lobby members of Congress and their staff on important issues in higher education.

Why join SPPF?

Through participation in SPPF students will . . .
  • Gain confidence and interact with public officials 
  • Communicate effectively in a political context 
  • Effectively advocate for (and with) your community 
  • Learn the how and why of consensus building 
  • Develop and refine leadership skills 
Admission Requirements:
  • Maintain a minimum enrollment of six credit hours at a Maricopa Community College during the Fall and Spring semesters 
  • Register for the SPPF section of POS115 during the spring semester 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful resident 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above for all college coursework and maintain a semester GPA of 2.5 or above 
  • Agree to all program guidelines and ground rules 

The SPPF application deadline for the 2012-13 school year is Friday, April 27, 2012. For more information about the Student Public Policy Forum visit the Rio Salado College SPPF webpage.