Rockefeller College Hosts PPIA Public Service Weekend

In partnership with PPIA and NASPAA, the University at Albany’s nationally ranked Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy hosted 34 undergraduate students from 23 universities spanning the country for a weekend dedicated to exploring opportunities in public service, November 2-4 in Albany, N.Y. Portions of the three-day conference were spent at the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, including the New York State Capitol, Legislative Office Building, and Corning Tower, as well as Rockefeller College’s historic downtown campus. With a theme of “Ensuring Accountability and Integrity – Public Service as a Force for Positive Change,” students learned from prominent local, state and federal officials and gained a better understanding of career options in public service and the knowledge and skills needed to get them to where they want to be. Alumni speakers included representatives from the New York State Assembly, Albany County Legislature, Empire Justice Center, Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of State, Sesame Workshop, and CNN. Students also took part in a public service group challenge and presented on the topics of government budgeting, the ethics of drone strikes to deter terrorism, and the use of hydraulic fracturing in New York State.


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