The School of Public Policy participates twice a year in the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education which is designed to acquaint first-generation college students with the career opportunities and academic challenges associated with advanced study in a wide range of disciplines.
The School of Public Policy has hosted visiting international scholars from the United Nations Development Programme for a semester to participate in seminars and engage students in current policy issues and research.
The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. It provides opportunities for graduate students and professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan for graduate study in various fields within the United States.
The School of Public Policy is a member of the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA). PPIA is a national program that prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. The fellowship program has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. It also provides student training and financial support for graduate school and facilitates ongoing professional development.
Each year the School of Public Policy strives to obtain a broad student base. In efforts to obtain a diverse student body, school representatives recruit in over 60 undergraduate universities, graduate school and career fairs, as well as graduate school tours worldwide with 25 percent located internationally and approximately 10 percent at universities with a primarily minority student population.
A graduate student organization, Women and Public Policy (WPP), was established to promote the development of women in the academic and professional arenas. Through a blend of guest speakers, social activities, and seminars, WPP supports and encourages women as they tackle unique challenges in public policy.