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Climate Change and immigration

Yale Global recently published an article by Gov. Lamm on the future of climate change and the impacts on refugees and immigration. Read the full article

Former Gov. Lamm Backs Universal Health Care

Gov. Lamm was recently interviewed for the Colorado Statesman in an article that highlighted his active role supporting the proposed Initiative 20 known as "ColoradoCare." Read the full article. 

IPPS to Join Josef Korbel School for International Studies

A Special Message from Richard Caldwell

October 12, 2015 

Dear Students, Alumni, Colleagues, and Friends:

Under the leadership of Richard Caldwell, Director of the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at the Institute for Public Policy Studies (IPPS), former three-term Colorado Governor and University Professor, Richard Lamm, and Christopher Hill, Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies, a transition has begun that will result in the integration of IPPS academic programs with those of Korbel, in Academic Year 2016-2017.  When construction is completed in Spring 2016, IPPS will be headquartered in the beautiful new Sie International Relations Complex 

According to Professor Caldwell, moving Public Policy from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division to Korbel, will create exciting new pathways in professional education for DU students:

This is a big change, but one that we believe will be of huge potential benefit to our students, by opening the door to synergies and interconnections in the understanding of public policy within a global context.  Educationally, an expanded  Korbel will be able to offer our policy students unrivaled opportunities to focus their time and talents on acquiring the skillset necessary to compete both nationally and internationally and to succeed at the highest professional levels—in government, in business, and in the non-profit world.

By definition, the field of public policy embraces a multidisciplinary, problem-centered approach to learning and practice.  Under the vigorous leadership of Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, the University of Denver is committed to connecting its outstanding professional schools in ways that will “build bridges” and eliminate barriers to effective action, while enhancing the public good. 

The unification of the Institute for Public Policy Studies with Korbel is occurring at a transformative moment in DU’s history. Integration will encompass a new public policy dynamic, one that will define a clear identity for IPPS in the future, create greater continuity, academic depth and program coherence, and enable IPPS to continue its respected tradition of student-centered learning at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  A great new chapter is about to be written, as IPPS and Korbel combine forces to compete in public policy and global studies with the best schools in the nation.

Your thoughts, ideas, and comments are welcome.  Please email Professor Caldwell directly:

Winter Interterm: Denver Dynamics

Need a few extra credits over winter break? Or just want to have an amazing experience in your own city? Dr. Lapo Salucci will be leading a one-week class in Denver learning about how policy really happens in our great city.

Students will have the opportunity to meet with several city leaders including:

  • Chief Robert White, Denver Police
  • Mayor Michael Hancock
  • Happy Haynes, CRL Associates
  • Sheila Bugdanowitz, Rose Community Foundation
  • Ginger White Brunetti, Denver Arts and Venues
  • and more! 

To learn more, open the program flyer

IPPS Welcomes James Arundel as Senior Fellow

James Arundel

The Institute would like to formally welcome James Arundel as Senior Fellow. Jim has served for many years as an advisory, guest speaker and adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Public Policy Studies. Jim has been a partner in the Denver office of Kutak Rock LLP, focusing his practice on transactional, financial and restructuring matters in representing corporate finance and public finance clientele. 

Jim brings his expertise in law and finance along with his passion for policy and teaching to our students in classes such as "Decision Making in Public Policy" and as a panelist on Great Issue Forums. Jim is excited to be more formally joining the teaching staff at IPPS and is looking forward to mentoring and advising students. 

News - Fellows Selected for Marshall Fellowship

German Marshall FundThe Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver, as the regional coordinator for the Marshall Fellowship, is pleased to announce the following Rocky Mountain regional leaders as Fellows for the 2013 Marshall Fellowship:

  • Councilman Albus Brooks, Denver City Council District 8
  • Major Thomas Heier, US Air Force
  • Dr. Janet Lopez, Rose Community Foundation 
  • Leslie Oliver, Policy Director for Congressman Ed Perlmutter

Click here for the press release and a list of Rocky Mountain Regional Fellows.  

The selection of 2014 Fellows will be announced in early March. Read more about the GMF Rocky Mountain region selection process