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Student Public Policy Forum

Student Public Policy Forum

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Student Public Policy Forum
Center for Civic Participation
2411 W 14th St
Tempe, AZ 85281

What is SPPF?
The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy making, and citizen influence and involvement.  A focus is placed on experiential learning and leadership development through engagement in the public policy process. The program teaches civic responsibility, which is one category within Maricopa’s mission statement. The district’s Center for Civic Participation oversees the SPPF program.

What is the Purpose of the Program?
SPPF provides students with learning opportunities that allow them to become educated and involved citizens and involved community member. You will have an opportunity to meet with a variety of elected officials and those working in the public policy arena. No prior political experience is necessary, students from all Maricopa colleges, backgrounds, majors, and experiences are encouraged to participate. SPPF gives you an up close experience of how government works and culminates in travel to Washington, D.C., where you will have the opportunity to lobby members of Congress on higher education issues that matter to you. 

Program Components

1. The SPPF cohort meets every other Friday afternoon, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, beginning September 7th, 2018.

2.  You must register for POS285 Political Issues and Public Policy. This 3-credit hybrid class is transferable to all three state universities and has a SB general education designation.

Classes are offered at:

  • Mesa Community College
  • Glendale Community College

​Please see Mike Ho in Student Life and Leadership for more information.