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Meet Kathy Abarca, a student in both the MPA and MSW programs. The MPA program asked her a few questions about her experience. To read more, follow this link!


A team of MPP and MPA students recently presented at the 2017 Policy Solutions Challenge. The team was charged with developing innovative solutions to an important policy problem facing the country.


This year's topic was "Providing Affordable and Safe Housing for Low Income Workers". Let's congratulate the team for their hard work!


Marci Harris- MPP

Brooke Davies- MPA

Eric Biggart- MPA

Cathie Rigby-MPP

Christine Ripley- MPP


 MPA student Caitlin McDonald recently presented research at the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration's (CRMRI) first Research Symposium. 

Caitlin's presentation was entitled: "Why Aren't They Asking for Help? Refugee Service Providers' Perceptions of Needs and Best Practices Related to the Mental Health of Refugee Women in Utah" 


Congratulations to the 2018 Evening MPA Graduates!

Jesus Valero

Congratulations to Dr. Jesus Valero and his team who were awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The award will help study the impact of the Continuum of Care approach in improving health and health equity among the homeless population.   


MPA Class of 2015 Graduate Aden Batar, Director of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement for Catholic Community Services, received the 2017 Gandhi Peace Award. The International Gandhi Peace Prize, named after Mahatma Gandhi, is an international award used to recognize contributions by individuals in the community that bring about social, economic and political changes through non-violence. We would like to congratulate Aden for his tireless and compassionate work in the community.


Wazir Jefferson and his Social Justice Leadership class recently visited State Representatives Sandra Hollins and Angela Romero at the Utah State Capitol. 

Jefferson seeks to give students the opportunity to interact with current political leaders who live and engage in social justice leadership.



Sarah Balland is now a Policy Analyst at the Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.

Mike Johnson is now the Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Cottonwood Heights.

Ryan Thelin was recently hired by the Legislative Auditors Office.

LaNiece Davenport is now the Government Relations Manager at the Wasatch Front Regional Council.

Zach Robinson has been elected to the Sandy City Council.

Anna Brower is now a Senior Policy Analyst at Voices for Utah Children. 

Matt Jensen is the new Village Administrator for the Village of Perry, NY. 

John Rock has accepted a position as management analyst for West Valley City. 

Ivan Mitchell is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Great Plains Health. 

Nichol Bourdeaux is the Vice President of External Affairs for Utah Transit Authority. 

Bev Uipi has won an election to represent District 4 on the Millcreek City Council. 

Scott Sonntag has accepted an administrative fellowship with Seattle Children's Hospital.


Fall 2019 Application Deadline - February 15, 2019. Please contact the MPA office if you have any questions.

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Last Updated: 9/4/18