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Policy Fellows Program

Dr. Jesse MasonMINNEAPOLIS, August 21 -- Dr. Jesse Mason, Minneapolis Community and Technical College psychology faculty member and advisor for the African American Education Empowerment Program (AME), was selected to participate in the Policy Fellows program at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Each year, approximately 35 individuals from government, private sectors and nonprofit organizations from around Minnesota are selected to participate in this nine-month program offering practical training in public affairs leadership for emerging leaders seeking new experiences and skills.

“I am looking forward to developing skills related to my passion of educational equity and access and the need for intentional policies that address educational and health disparities,” said Mason.

As a Policy Fellow, Mason will have the opportunity to meet with other Fellows once a month between September 2012 and June 2013, working with people from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds to enrich the community. Policy Fellows will work with community partners to complete a self-designed group project addressing a public policy issue, as well as travel to Washington, D.C. to gain insight from prominent elected officials and national leaders in public affairs.

Participants in the Policy Fellows program are selected through a competitive application process and are chosen based on their demonstrated capacity for leadership in public affairs. During the program, they are expected to demonstrate a commitment to reflection, study, skill development and relationship building, dedicating 10–15 hours each month to program-related activities.

“This opportunity with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will continue to build on the experience I gained in my previous engagement with the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership’s African American Male Education Advisory,” said Mason. “I have come to realize how important policies are to our everyday lives, especially as it effects more vulnerable groups in our society.”