Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley
This 8-week intensive public policy fellowship in Berkeley taught me analytical and statistical skills for pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy. PPIA’s mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs. During my time at Berkeley, I took 3 courses, Policy Analysis, Introduction to Economic Policy Analysis, and Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis. These courses were challenging but they helped me appreciate both the qualitative and quantitative sides of public policy and in order to be the best in the field I have to be fluent in both writing and analytical skills.
This program had modules that focused on countless social justice issues such as education, criminal justice, immigration, juvenile justice and housing policies. We learned from the top policy experts in their field such as Robert Reich. This program really wanted to prepare the students for an MPP with diverse events and professors from Berkeley. For one assignment, I collaborated with a group of students and wrote a policy memo on the disproportionate minor drug arrest rates of African Americans and Latinos within two counties in California. To learn more about jobs in public policy, we met with representatives from the Congressional Budget Office, and spent a day at the Government Accountability Office. Students were able to network with top public policy schools such as the Harvard Kennedy School, Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Princeton Woodrow Wilson Policy School. I learned that I do not have to be an expert in statistics and economics but that I should know enough to be dangerous. PPIA taught me the importance of understanding the quantitative side of policy and that I have the ability to advocate and make a difference in communities of color through policy.