UConn’s NASPAA-Batten Team Makes Top 5
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.
In April, another student driven team will begin competing in the NYU Policy Case Competition. Good luck to the DPP team!