SPPGA’s programs and initiatives seek to generate new knowledge, raise awareness of pressing issues, create space for dialogue among academics, government, industry, and community members, and facilitate experiential, problem-focused learning for our students. We play a convening role in interdisciplinary learning and engagement as we know the importance that community-university engagement is to excellent teaching, learning and research, and to enhancing economic, social and cultural well-being.


Practitioner Fellows Program

Practitioner Fellows are distinguished practitioners in full-time residence pursuing student and community engagement, research and collaboration, as well as teaching and learning.
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Phil Lind Initiative

The Phil Lind Initiative is an annual dialogue series and course that invites prominent US scholars, writers, and intellectuals to share ideas on some of the most urgent issues of our time.
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Liu Scholars

The Liu Scholars program seeks to bring together exceptional students who are interested in using their research and disciplinary expertise to work on public policy and global issues.
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Liu Lobby Gallery

The Liu Lobby Gallery fosters alternative and artistic forms of dissemination of research through critical artistic expression, enabling a space for creative dialogue about global issues.
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