International Policy Students Association (IPSA)
The International Policy Student Association (IPSA) promotes, facilitates, sustains and provides opportunities for the study of international policy issues at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. IPSA provides networking and skills-building to help students to explore international careers, to network with global organizations, and to learn about international policy in a professional and academic environment. IPSA also compiles information about international policies, international organizations, and relevant international events for students resources.
IPSA benefits from distinguished Ford School faculty members who are experts in the fields of international political, economic, and social policies. IPSA maintains a close relationship with the Ford School's International Policy Center (IPC), one of the nation's leading institutions for interdisciplinary research, education, and policy dialogue on international economics, security, and human rights.
The Ford+Munk Policy Conference is an annual student-led policy conference at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Held in the winter semester, the event brings together students from both schools in a team-based learning environment where students are challenged to analyze, evaluate, and present key findings related to a current policy issue facing both sides of the border. It's a great opportunity to further your understanding of multi-stakeholder and cross-border policy collaboration and implementation - and have fun in the process! At the conclusion of the weekend, a panel of faculty judges select the best proposal.
Organized as a case competition, Ford+Munk aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Develop a policy student's problem solving capabilities through a vehicle that is uncommon in policy programs;
- Allow for Ford and Munk School students to interact in a more intimate setting;
- Act as an exercise rooted in developing teamwork and presentation skills.
Students are placed into case teams ahead of time, and each team features a mix of Ford and Munk School students.
Global Fordies (GF) is a student organization of international students at the Ford School of Public Policy, focused on establishing a global and multicultural community of engaged public servants. GF is established to collaborate within the Ford School to ease the transition for international students, maximize their potential and career opportunities, and encourage them to contribute to the Ford School community. GF provides a unique platform for international students to engage with the Ford School community, voice their issues and bring positive change by promoting multicultural perspectives with the peers and colleagues at the entire School.
H2D2 events are a valuable platform where graduate students and faculty can obtain thoughtful feedback from an engaged and diverse audience.
H2D2's primary activity is a weekly seminar featuring research from graduate students and faculty on the topics of Health, Development, Demography and History. H2D2 seminars are informal events where students can present new work at different stages. These seminars have featured a range of work, including early research from U-M students, to polished work from external presenters. H2D2 seminars offer 80-minute presentation slots for work in more advanced stages and 40-minute half slots for work in progress. Submission of works in progress are encouraged, as H2D2 believes it is particularly valuable for students to get feedback on research while it is still in early stages. Due to the seminar's interdisciplinary nature, the series attracts audience from various departments and schools which include Economics, the Ford Public Policy School, the Business School, the School of Information and the School of Public Health.
Call for presenters are sent before the beginning of the fall and winter semesters. Inquiries and requests to join the mailing list can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
H2D2 Research Day 2020: TBD.
H2D2's other main event, the annual Research Day conference, has become an important complement to the weekly seminars. The conference allows U-M graduate students and faculty to build new relationships, present their work, and obtain feedback before a new audience. Submissions to and participation at the conference are encouraged from students with interest in Health, History, Demography and Development. Updates on the 2019 - 2020 conference will be posted on the H2D2 official website.