2018 APPAM / Maxwell School Public Policy CampAPPAM logo

Moving Beyond Activism to Good Public Policy:  Having a Voice at the Table


Friday, September 28
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, Syracuse, NY 


PLEASE NOTE:  REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE Thursday, September 20th! 

The 2018 APPAM (Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management)  / Maxwell School Public Policy Camp is designed for promising undergraduate (sophomore – senior) students of color who want to make a difference in their communities.  We invite you to be our guests for a one day Public Policy Camp.   Registration is FREE.   

Having diverse perspectives at the policy table leads to better, more effective and inclusive, public policy.  There continues to be a lack of trained policy professionals of color in leadership positions in the public policy community.  We must work collectively to address this problem….

Policy Camp participants will: 

  • engage with students from across New York State, Maxwell School faculty and our alumni on public and social issues,
  • learn about the skills that can transform social activism into good public policy,
  • meet leaders who live and work in the policy field,
  • explore the career possibilities gained by having a public policy and administration skill set,
  • leave excited about public policy as an academic, personal and professional pathway. 

Who Should Attend? 

If you share a commitment to making the world and your community a better place... If you want your voice heard through the chaos that surrounds current public policy debates... If you are politically active yet frustrated in your attempts to transform your ideals into real policy solutions... If you want to learn how to engage in the public policy process and about how public policies shape the daily lives of people and communities, and/or if you are a leader in your student and school community wondering how you can transform that leadership into a career helping others ... then the APPAM/Maxwell School Public Policy Camp is for you!  

We invite you to share your passion for such policy areas as: 

 Law & Policy / Social Justice             Community Development             Anti-Poverty Policy
 Education Policy

 Energy Policy   Health Policy
 Immigration / DACA  Security / Terrorism  Sustainability
 Foreign Policy  Housing / Urban Policy   Technology Policy / Privacy
 Food Insecurity  Fiscal Policy   International Development Policy
 Labor / Workforce Development Policy  Climate Change  Non-Profit Management & Policy


REGISTRATION IS FREE for the APPAM / Maxwell School Public Policy Camp.   
Parking is free and partial travel subsidies will be available to students based upon mileage. 
Students are encouraged to coordinate travel with other policy camp participants attending from their campus. 


The Public Policy Camp is an APPAM initiative aimed at introducing the field of public policy to a group of students who might not otherwise be familiar with it, and increasing the pipeline of diverse students into APPAM institutional member graduate public policy and public affairs schools.  The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is both pleased and honored to partner with APPAM to host a 2018 Policy Camp in support of this vital mission.   

We know that only by having all voices at the table can we be successful in our efforts of improving critical public policies for all.  




APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.

APPAM promotes its mission through the following activities: 

  • A multidisciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues, and is structured to encourage substantive interaction among participants. 
  • A peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal that publishes the highest quality research on public policy and management. 
  • A dedication in all activities to respecting and enhancing racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, and other forms of diversity among participants in all of the Association's activities. 
  • The involvement of policymakers, practitioners, and scholars in the Association's governance and the Fall Conference. 
  • Initiatives that include and foster participation in the Association among students interested in public policy and management.