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MPP Orientation 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

8:30 – 9:00am  Zinner Forum

Coffee and pastries

9:00 – 9:15am  Zinner Forum

Dean Lisa Lynch welcomes new students

9:30 - 10:30am  Schneider G3

Welcome and Heller MPP Overview

  • Michael Doonan, MPP Program Director
  • Janet Boguslaw, MPP Program Associate Director
  • Norma DeMattos, MPP Program Administrator

10:30am - 12:00pm  Schneider G3

Introduction to the Concentrations

  • Health, Stan Wallack, Chair
  • Aging Policy and Services, Sarita Bhalotra, Chair
  • Poverty Alleviation, Janet Boguslaw, Chair
  • Behavioral Health, Mary Brolin, Chair
  • General Social Policy, Mary Brolin, Chair
  • Children, Youth and Families, Susan Curnan, Chair
  • Women's and Gender Studies, Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Chair


Note: A brief meeting for dual degree MPP/MBA students will take place at the end of this session.

12:15 - 2:00pm  International Lounge, Usdan

Joint MPP and PhD Student/Faculty Lunch

2:15 - 3:45pm  Schneider G3

Book Discussion: Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

  • Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer

3:45 - 4:30pm  Schneider G3

Student Services Session

  • Ravi Lakshmikanthan, Assistant Dean, Student Records and Enrollment
  • Doris Breay, Senior Assistant Dean, Academic and Student Services

4:30pm  Meet in Schneider Building Lobby

Campus Tour

  • Led by second-year MPP students


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

8:30am  Zinner Forum

Coffee and pastries

9:00 - 10:00am Schneider G3

Public Analysis Session

  • Michael Doonan, MPP Program Director

10:00 - 11:00am Schneider G3

Introduction to Career Development

  • Nancy Pratt, Assistant Director of Career Development
  • Adam Motenko, Assistant Director of Career Development

11:15 - 11:45am Schneider G3

Introduction to the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

  • Claudia Jacobs, Associate Director, Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy
  • Mariel Lim, Director, Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

12:00 - 2:00pm SID Library

Q&A and Lunch with Panel of Second-Year MPP Students
Introduction to the MPP Student Association

1:00 - 3:00pm Lee Hall, International Business School or Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

International Student Orientation
Mandatory for all international students
J1: Lee Hall, International Business School
F1: Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

2:00 - 5:00pm Schneider G3

Exploring Diversity

  • Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

9:00am  Zinner Forum

Heller-wide activity - more details to follow

12:00 - 1:30pm  Zinner Forum

Heller Community Lunch

1:30 - 4:30pm  Meet in Schneider Building lobby

MPP Canoe Trip on the Charles River

5:00 - 8:00pm  Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, 211 Moody Street, Waltham

Social Activity with Second-Year Students

Knowledge Advancing Social Justice

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