WASHINGTON—The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, will highlight its top five local impact projects at an event this evening in Washington, D.C. The Policy By and For Reception will feature Network members from Amherst College, the University of Michigan, Tulane University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the City College of New York presenting on a range of innovative policy solutions to issues including economics, sexual violence, health care, and education.
The Amherst and University of Michigan projects focus on the role of universities as local economic anchors and on the need for procurement policies to support women- and minority-owned businesses. The Tulane chapter has spearheaded campaigns to raise awareness of the epidemic of campus sexual assault and support legislation to make campuses safer. UNC–Chapel Hill students have developed a community health toolkit to connect physicians with local organizations and resources working to combat poverty. And Roosevelters at CCNY are advocating for New York’s elementary schools to adopt a dual language immersion program modeled on a successful program in Utah.
“At Roosevelt, we believe that policy matters most when we take it off the page and put it into practice,” said Joelle Gamble, National Director of the Campus Network. “Policy By and For is a showcase for projects that exemplify both the substantive policy work our members are doing all across the country and the real impact they’re having in their communities.”
Other speakers at the event will include Roosevelt Institute President and CEO Felicia Wong; Hyattsville City Council Member Patrick Paschall, whose municipality was only the second in the United States to lower the voting age to 16; and Campus Network alumna Naomi Ahsan.
The Policy By and For Reception will be held at the Pew Research Center from 6–8 p.m. For more information, contact Aman Banerji at abanerji[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org or 646-251-4226.
About the Roosevelt Institute
Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have local and national impact.
The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network is the nation’s largest student policy organization, engaging young people in a unique form of civic participation that empowers them as leaders and promotes their ideas for change. Now boasting 120 chapters in 38 states with thousands of members, we’re building a network of young people who are filling the ideas gap in communities across the country.