OPPO prepares faculty for effective interactions with policymakers and connects policymakers with subject matter experts in relevant policy issues.
The Office of Public Policy Outreach prepares faculty for effective interactions with policymakers and connects policymakers with subject matter experts in relevant policy issues.
We also sponsor panels and workshops that connect faculty with policymakers and assist faculty with writing research briefs geared towards policymakers.
Each year, our office and the Senate of Virginia host VCU faculty for a day, offering an overview of state government. Legislative veterans discuss topics such as how a budget is created and how a bill becomes a law, from the conceptual stage through final passage.
Along with key state agencies, we cohost the Family Impact Seminar, which is part of a national network that aims to strengthen family policy by presenting research knowledge through a family impact lens.
In 2015, we were instrumental in bringing Mandela Washington Fellows to VCU.
This year, our office is welcoming 50 of Africa’s brightest emerging leaders in the areas of public management, business and entrepreneurship through the Young African Leaders Initiative, the flagship program in President Obama’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of global leaders.
While in Richmond, the group’s itinerary includes meetings with the governor, congressional members, state legislators and state officials.