Spotlights, fall 2023

December 10, 2023

What’s on the barbie?

Economists Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson were on the guest list as the White House hosted a State Dinner for Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in October.

EPI conference photo

Skills match

More than fifty policymakers, philanthropists, industry stakeholders, and researchers from across the U.S. gathered at the Michigan League for an Education Policy Initiative conference on how higher ed can better respond to the evolving needs of the U.S. labor market.



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Are smart cities smart enough?

Former NYC mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks with STPP director Shobita Parthasarathy about regulating artificial intelligence and other issues at the intersection of technology, equity, and governance.




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In Detroit with the dean

Nearly 70 alumni and students gathered at the Miller Canfield offices in Detroit to network, socialize, and meet new dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes. Special thanks to Mike McGee (MPP ’83, JD ’82) for providing the beautiful space.




Gabby Wilson competition picture

A perfect 10

First year master’s student and gymnastics team captain Gabby Wilson (MPP ’25) sticks a landing during the team’s 2023 Big10 championship season. The 2024 season starts on January 12.




Ford School faculty and staff at Domino's Farm

Fun on the farm

Faculty, staff, and their families gathered at Domino’s Farms for food, fellowship, and games for a festive start to the new academic year.




Marsh and Torres event

The Love Jones cohort

Maryland sociologist Kris Marsh speaks with Mo Torres (MPP ’15) about her latest book, The Love Jones Cohort: Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class, in the first Center for Racial Justice Racial Foundations of Public Policy event of the year.



Gina Raimondo and students

Commerce and conversation

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo wowed Ford School faculty, students, and alumni at a packed Policy Talks event on Homecoming Weekend. After and during her public talk, she encouraged students to pursue public service.



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DEI at the Ford School

The Ford School launched its next five-year strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in October. Over the next five years, the plan will guide our efforts to nurture our dynamic learning environment; ignite innovation in how we do our work; and deepen our culture of belonging, anchored in principles of justice.

View our plan and current priorities - and drop us a line to let us know what you think.


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