Each year, second-year students in the Academy are asked to write and present policy papers as part of the Dean's Seminar course in the fall semester. These policy papers are completed as small group projects and are organized around a central theme provided by the Dean of the Schreyer Honors College and the Director of the Presidential Leadership Academy.
Groups present their final policy proposals during the last few classes of the semester to their classmates, the Dean of the Schreyer Honors College, the Director of the Academy, and various members of Penn State leadership who have been invited to sit in. With the leadership present in the room for those final presentations, it's no wonder that several of these proposals have been implemented!
2021: Educational Equity
Students examined the topic of Educational Equity within Penn State, aligning their policies with the U.N. Sustainability Goals.
Equitable Resources for Underrepresented Minorities
Nelloe Anonyuo, Maryah Burney, Eseban Galindo-Carvajal, Abigail La Ports, Alexandra Wells
Expanded Resources for Atypical Learners
Leah Black, Lara Colmenter, Geneva Flarend, Alexandria Koehl, Malcolm Mackenzie
General Education Reform
Luke Andreyo, Madison Borkovich, Joshua Reynolds, Mikayla Roach, Ian Stahley
Improving Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Health Professions at Penn State
Anton Aluquin, Jack Howard, Akshay Khanna, Noah Wiggins, Zeke Winitsky
Resolving Broadband Equality
Mikara Anderson, David Babaian, Owen DelMonte, Aryath Narayanamangalam, Prahalad Venkateswaran
Test-Optional Admissions at Penn State
Chimwemwe Mitole, Amanda Mohamed, Alyssa Ortiz, Najee Rodriguez, Kyrah Williams