Dear Alumni and Friends of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration,
I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones healthy. We planned this newsletter before recent events that have saddened and horrified many of us and driven us to reexamine our priorities, biases, and values. I had a very different message in mind than what I now write. Part of what I recently expressed to students and faculty is that the Trachtenberg School community is one of many places where we can find needed friendship and compassion in this chaotic time. But more than that, it is a place where we can learn and innovate together to make and follow pathways to change what is unacceptable. What we do in our time together and what we take with us when we no longer have direct interactions touches so many lives. We are accountable to all alive today and future generations for how we use the skills, tools, and knowledge we learn and co-create. As I write to you today, I suspect that like us TSPPPA faculty, you take that responsibility and accountability seriously.
We are all change agents as the stories in this newsletter show. Though it's been a time of uncertainty and pain here at Foggy Bottom and elsewhere, everyone at TSPPPA has been working to continue our mission and make sure we are there for our students, faculty, and alumni. In our graduation celebration, we honored 178 masters-level grads, 13 doctoral grads, and awarded 18 certificates. Our faculty are not letting a pandemic stop them from “doing good and doing it well” and our alumni continue to mentor students, advance careers, and support scholarship funds for students such as our new Kathryn E. Newcomer Scholarship for Equity and Public Service. I thank you for all you are doing to help others and stay safe and well.
Please let us know what we can feature about your activities for the next newsletter and our other communications. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked TSPPPA in the top 5% of public affairs schools – but there is room to move up and your continued work helps us do that. I look forward to sharing good news with you in future messages as we continue to push forward despite challenges.
On behalf of the Trachtenberg School, best wishes.
Dr. Mary Tschirhart
School Director and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Professor in Public Affairs