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Experiential Learning in Child Policy Course Travels to DC

Posted on April 3, 2012

Each year, the Schubert Center hosts the Experiential Learning in Child Policy (CHST 302) course, as part of the Childhood Studies Minor. The course is designed to interactively teach a small group of undergraduate students the complexities of the policy-making process, particularly pertaining to child policy. During spring break in March, four students traveled to Washington, DC with Child Policy Director and course instructor Gabriella Celeste and Assistant Director Sarah Robinson to meet with important policy players including think tanks, legislators, executive agencies, and advocacy groups. The group also made time to tour the Capitol building and US Supreme Court on their final day in DC.

The course met with representatives from the following organizations:

First Focus: a nonpartisan child advocacy group, where students learned about the role of advocacy in child-related legislation

US Congressional Budget Office (CBO): a legislative budget development and analysis agency that discussed calculating the costs and benefits of proposed federal programs

Brookings Institute: a public policy think tank, where students learned about the role of research in policy making

Government Accountability Office: a nonpartisan agency that advises the government on cost and efficacy of federal programs, where students learned about the interaction between the GAO, executive agencies, and congress

Society for Research and Child Development (SRCD): a nonprofit professional society that promotes the role of research in policy creation and the importance of distributing facts and research to Congress and the general public

The Presidential Bioethics Commission: a governmental commission that advises the President on issues related to ethics in research and biotechnology; students learned about the process of investigating research conducted by Americans in Guatemala during the 1940s

The Health and Human Services Office of Planning Research & Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families: a government agency that provides guidance to the Assistant Secretary for Family and Children where students learned about conducting research on children and families, and the role of evidence in policy evaluation

CATO Institute: a nonprofit, libertarian think tank where students learned their child-related advocacy and ideas about the role of federal government in child-related programs

Office of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH8): students met with legislative assistants and spoke about issues affecting Ohio, as well as Representative Boehner’s experience as Speaker of the House

Office of Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH11): students met with a senior legislative assistant and spoke about child-related issues and the role of legislative assistants

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): a governmental agency administered by the Department of Justice that provides national resources to reduce juvenile crime and victimization where students learned about implementing and funding federal programs at the state level, including the Youth PROMISE Act and the Defending Childhood Initiative

Campaign for Youth Justice and Justice for Families: advocates for incarcerated youth who taught students about injustice in the juvenile justice system and the importance and effectiveness of advocacy.

Heritage Foundation: a conservative think tank where students learned about correlations between marriage and child poverty

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP): nonpartisan think tank that encourages policy makers to consider the needs of low-income families and individuals where students learned about the federal budget and the effects of past and current policies on rising national debt

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO): students met with the senator and a legislative assistant to discuss child-related policy issues including education and juvenile justice

Office of Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS): students met with two legislative assistants and discussed issues related to both Kansas and children, in addition to their experiences as legislative assistants

Office of Representative Steven LaTourette (R-OH14): students met with a legislative assistant to discuss child-related issues and collaborative processes among legislators

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH): students attended Senator Brown’s weekly constituent coffee and briefly spoke with the senator, followed by discussions with staff members about child-related issues, Congress, and what it means to be a constituent from Ohio

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): an executive agency that provides guidance to ameliorate substance abuse and mental illness where students learned about the impact of these issues on our country and spoke with Administrator Pamela Hyde to discuss challenges and SAMHSA’s goals

Check out more photos from the trip on our Facebook page!


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