Courses & Programs



PLCY302 Leadership Philosophy, Policy and Praxis 

Understanding pluralism and how groups and individuals coexist in society is an essential part of the public policy process. This course will examine the ways in which the diverse experiences of race, gender, ethnicity, class, orientation, identity, and religion impact the understanding of and equitable delivery of public policy. The examination of how identity development shapes our understanding of society and influences the decision-making process is central to students’ shaping policy that is truly for the people. This course will equip students with the skills needed to analyze pluralism and draw conclusions about the application of various theories to public policy issues.

PLCY359A Contemporary Issues in Political Leadership and Participation; Asian American Social Policy and Community Advocacy

This course focuses on how Asian and Pacific Americans are represented in government and throughout social policies in the United States. The ways in which racial and gender dynamics intersect with migration policy, community development, and other pressing issues in explored.

PLCY699D Examining Social Identity and Pluralism in Public Policy

Understanding how groups and individuals develop and coexist in society is an essential part of public policy. Using the classroom as a laboratory, students will explore identity development and how the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities shape perceptions that inform decision-making and policy development. From historical scholars to current day movement leaders, this course equips students with tools necessary to critically analyze pluralism, power, and identity; and the skills needed to shape meaningful and equitable public policy and working and civic environments for all.


Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program

The prestigious Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program is the University of Maryland’s premiere undergraduate leadership and public policy training program. Participants in the Fellows program are provided multiple opportunities -- both academic and experiential -- to grow as ethical leaders and become champions for those whose voices may otherwise go unheard in the leadership and decision-making process. Maintaining a commitment to those historically underrepresented in leadership positions is central to the program.