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Collaboration Working Group Meeting on May 2

April 19, 2018

The Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (SSWG) will meet on Wednesday, May 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill in room 2401.

The Working Group, as established in S.L. 2017-41, will develop a plan for work required in Stage Two and begin discussions related to intercounty collaboration in the administration of social services programs.  



Justin Stirewalt: A Dedication to Public Service Runs in the Family

April 4, 2018

Justin Stirewalt’s grandfather, retired First Sergeant Robert C. Lawson, served in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for nearly 30 years, from 1973 to 2001. During his first year on the job, Lawson came to the then Institute of Government to train at the 54th North Carolina State Highway Patrol Basic School.



UNC MPA Student Profile: Stephanie Watkins-Cruz '18

April 3, 2018

Stephanie Watkins-Cruz grew up in southeast Charlotte where, she said, "There were families and people of every shade, shape, and size. However, it looks much different now.” The changes in her community, including gentrification that resulted in her family being evicted (and living in a hotel since 2012), sparked her passion for issues of affordable housing and her decision to pursue a career in public service.



UNC MPA Program Earns Top Ranking Among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools

March 20, 2018

The Master of Public Administration program hosted at the UNC School of Government is ranked among “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News & World Report. The program improved two positions since 2017, tying for 23rd in the public affairs category.



Collaboration Working Group Meeting on March 19

March 14, 2018

The Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (SSWG) will meet 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 19, online at sog.unc.edu/SSWG_online4.

The Working Group, as established in S.L. 2017-41, will review, discuss, and revise a final draft of the Stage One report.  



Maureen Berner Studied European Approaches to Food Insecurity Through Foreign Exchange

March 14, 2018

In fall 2017, Professor of Public Administration and Government Maureen Berner traveled to Belgium to conduct research on food insecurity and poverty as a visiting scholar at Ghent University and its Centre for Global Studies. Berner also exchanged homes with University of Antwerp historian Maarten Van Ginderachter, who visited the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to work on his book and collaborate with faculty here in the United States.



March 6 Informational Webinar Aims to Help Local Governments Address Opioid Crisis

February 28, 2018

The growing opioid epidemic in North Carolina has left local governments wondering how to construct an effective response. In partnership with BlueCross NC, the School of Government is offering a two-year program to ten teams across the state to support their policy efforts in combatting this crisis.



Collaboration Working Group Meeting on March 12

February 28, 2018

The Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (SSWG) will meet 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, at the UNC School of Government in room 2403. 

The Working Group, as established in S.L. 2017-41, will review, discuss, and revise a preliminary draft of the Stage One report.  



School of Government Launches Partnership with Blue Cross NC to Help Local Governments Address the Opioid Epidemic

February 22, 2018

On February 22, 2018, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced a $50 million investment in community health initiatives across the state, including $390,000 to support the School of Government’s work in assisting local governments in addressing the opioid crisis.



Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group Meeting on Feb. 27

February 21, 2018

The Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (SSWG) will meet 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 27 at the UNC School of Government in room 2402. 

The Working Group, as established in S.L. 2017-41, will discuss local governance and oversight and consider revisions to the regional supervision maps.  



Advance Your Career: Master of Public Administration Applications Due March 6

February 21, 2018

Make a difference in your organization and your career. Join other driven public service professionals and take your interest in public service further by applying for the UNC School of Government’s Master of Public Administration program.

Apply by March 6 to start classes online in May 2018.



Founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office Will Deliver the 2018 Deil Wright Lecture

February 20, 2018

Alice Rivlin, former director of the Office of Management and Budget and founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, will deliver the 2018 Deil S. Wright Lecture at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at the UNC School of Government.  An expert in monetary and fiscal policy, Rivlin currently serves as a senior fellow in Economic Studies and the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution and is a visiting professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown.

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