Ten Ohio University graduate students from across the United States, most of whom had never met in person, walked into a conference room in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2019. They departed the U.S. capital three days later as friends with purpose and a common experience: the inaugural Education Public Policy Leadership Certificate (EPPLC) networking residency.
A partnership between Ohio University’s Patton College of Education and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the EPPLC is a yearlong online certificate program that immerses participants in the world of education public policymaking. The residency—the culminating experience for the EPPLC cohort—featured keynote speakers, discussion panels and networking opportunities, including a full day on Capitol Hill. While at the Capitol, the EPPLC scholars enjoyed meetings with Congressional members and staff from their hometowns.
“This event provided the EPPLC participants an opportunity to experience the policymaking sphere and interface with policymakers, decision-makers, and individuals engaged in the education policy process,” said Patton College Dean Renée A. Middleton.