Policy By and For: Roosevelters highlight their policy change projects

In 2015, at a time when innovative ideas are needed in politics more than ever, Roosevelters are organizing their peers to take their ideas to their elected officials – online and offline. By connecting our ideas to decision makers and power-players, we are creating a groundswell of real policy change. We’re taking our ideas to the place where they can have the most influence, in local communities all across the country.We’re also highlighting the ongoing ways young people are creating change in our network through online conversations with student leaders, experts, and leading community organizations.

From North Carolina to Michigan, from town hall to City Hall, Roosevelters are creating policy change in their communities. In June 2015, we celebrated the top five projects from our network.


Roosevelt @ Amherst

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At Amherst, Roosevelters have worked with both school administrators and stakeholders in the surrounding Pioneer Valley to build a system of community access to many of the benefits of the University, fight brain drain and improve the local economy. Rethinking Communities at Amherst is a new way of approaching social problems, moving from single-issue campaigns, towards a dialogic, holistic conversation on campus and in the community. 

Roosevelt @ U Michigan

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At University of Michigan, Roosevelters are working with school administrators to develop procurement processes that provide opportunities for local, minority and women owned businesses. As a publicly-funded anchor institution with a budget of over $1 billion in goods and services each year, the university has the opportunity to ensure that these transactions help support the economic security of diverse individuals in the communities surrounding the school.

Roosevelt @ Tulane

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At Tulane, Roosevelter Courtney Liss is working on her campus to support the Campus Accountability and Safety Act currently being debated in the US Senate. Courtney raised money on her campus to create an awareness campaign, including a week of window paintings, a substantial letter writing campaign and several meetings with campus groups and administration to discuss how implementation of the policy would impact women on Tulane’s campus.

Roosevelt @ UNC Chapel Hill

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At University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Roosevelters Emily Cerciello and Missy Brown are leading an effort at their school to create a comprehensive toolkit for local pediatricians to help connect their low income and at-risk clients to service providers. Working with the North Carolina Pediatric Society, they are placing their toolkit in the hands of physicians, and working toward a toolkit for each county in the state.

Roosevelt @ City College of New York

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At CCNY, Roosevelter Josh Kemp is working to pilot a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program in NYC as a precursor to state legislation that would support Dual Language Immersion programs in elementary schools state-wide. DLI programs have been touted for their successes in helping students of all backgrounds achieve higher levels in tested subject matter across the board, as well as equipping students to interact comfortably in two languages. Josh models his policy off of Utah legislation, providing similar programs statewide.

Our Digital Conversations

From February-June of this year, the Roosevelt Network engaged in digital conversations with partners and students on key critical policy issues from climate change solutions to young people in foreign policy.

Take a look at some of the highlights from one of our conversations in the series below: 

‘New voices in Foreign Policy’
A webinar with the Vinay Chawla of the US State Department, Foreign Policy Interrupted, United Nations Foundation for the USA, Suprita Datta of Roosevelt @CCNY and Meredith Morrison of Roosevelt @Hendrix.