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CCFSA Intern - Fabiola Bachinelo - Makes UCONN's NASPAA - Top 5

Cindy Caron

UConn’s NASPAA-Batten Team Makes Top 5

2019 NASPAA-Batten Competition Team Members (left to right): Fabiola Bachinelo, Joshua Schreier, Claudia Rodriguez, Miranda Richard, and Sneha Jayaraj.

2019 NASPAA-Batten Competition Team Members (left to right): Fabiola Bachinelo, Joshua Schreier, Claudia Rodriguez, Miranda Richard, and Sneha Jayaraj.

In February, UConn’s Department of Public Policy (DPP) sent a team of students to the 2019: “The Refugee Simulation” NASPAA-Batten Competition at Rutgers University. The team included Fabiola Bachinelo, Sneha Jayaraj, Claudia Rodriguez, Miranda Richard, and Joshua Schreier.

The simulation was centered on a fictional refugee crisis. Students participated in multiple rounds of competition, alternating roles throughout each round. During the 13 hour event, the DPP team competed against students from more than 20 universities, making it to the final round of competition consisting of five teams.

“Beyond competitive performance however, the competition gave us the opportunity to practice collaboration and team work in a fast paced environment, similar to settings we will, without doubt, encounter in our professional work after UConn,” explained Schreier. The students were able to display their critical thinking, policy writing, and public speaking skills.

The DPP team was generously funded by UConn’s Pi Pi Alpha (PPA) Board Members. PPA funding allowed the students to travel to Newark, New Jersey, and attend the simulation competition as well as a networking event for the competitors.

During the 2019 UConn Gives Campaign, the DPP will be raising money for the “Public Policy Student Success” fund. This fund will directly benefit students by providing funds for additional learning activities including competitions like the NASPAA-Batten Competition. For more information please view our story about the DPP UConn Gives Campaign.

In April, another student driven team will begin competing in the NYU Policy Case Competition. Good luck to the DPP team!

The Department of Public Policy

The UConn Department of Public Policy is committed to high quality research, teaching and service in the areas of policy analysis, public management, public financial management, nonprofit management and survey research.  The Department offers top-ranked and nationally recognized graduate degrees – Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy and Master of Arts in Survey Research. The Department also offers graduate certificates in the areas of Nonprofit Management, Leadership and Public Management, and Public Financial Management. The Department’s faculty is nationally and internationally known for the highest quality research, teaching, and public service in the areas of public policy, public administration, and survey research. The Department’s programs have more than 1,100 alumni who are public, private and non-profit leaders in the State of Connecticut and around the nation.