An annual celebration of the accomplishments and leadership of our students and alumni, and a formal thank-you to our community partners and alumni for their engagement with students, the event showcases the very best that our School of Public Policy & Administration fosters to develop.
Students and alumni are formally presented with awards for their leadership, teamwork, service to their community of peers, mentoring those more junior; and external partners are recognized for creating meaningful practicum opportunities for our students.
Excellence among our Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPAL) students and alumni is also recognized through our Best Major Research Paper Award and the Foster-Greene Award respectively for work that has demonstrably and significantly advanced social justice, human rights, ethics and good governance in congruence with the program’s founding principles.
As part of our high-school outreach and cultivating the aspirations of a new generation of public service leaders, winners of our annual high school essay contest are also invited to this event and formally presented with the prizes, while they have the opportunity to meet our students and alumni.
A keynote address by one of our senior alumni is an integral part of this event, and provides an inspiring, yet very candid, window into the ups and downs of a career in the public service, and ultimately answers the question why it is worthwhile and meaningful.
2020: School of Public Policy & Administration holds virtual Recognition Awards Dinner, MPPAL alumna Judith D'Souza-Soares delivers keynote address
In accordance with public health guidelines, the 2020 Recognition Awards Dinner was successfully held virtually - offering a unique spin on the annual event. MPPAL alumna and 2020 Foster-Greene Award Winner Judith D'Souza-Soares highlighted the evening with a special keynote address titled, What Matters Most: Crucial Leadership Lessons the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taught Us - which can now be viewed on YouTube.
Read full story about the 2020 SPPA Student, Alumni and Community Recognition Awards celebration in YFile: SPPA awards focus on public service resilience, innovation and leadership in times of crisis