Temple's Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program welcomed expert panelists to be a part of a discussion about the intersection of racial equity and voting rights on January 24th, 2023. The conversation focused on ways that race has historically impacted voting rights and how we continue to see its impact today. In addition, the all-women panel spoke about the joys and challenges of being a woman working in the political world.  

Clare Maus and Marlena Rodrigues, two current MPP students, moderated the event and guided the panelists' conversation. The MPP students were joined by four esteemed panelists who each generously lent their time and expertise to the Master of Public Policy Program. Temple welcomed Angelique Hinton (Executive Director, PA Youth Vote), Kristen Kern (Federal Policy and Advocacy Manager, League of Women Voters of the United States), Marian Schneider (Senior Voting Rights Policy Counsel, ACLU of Pennsylvania), and Brittany Smalls (Nonprofit & Political Consultant, BSM Strategies LLC) to take part in the panel.  

Panelists spoke about the ways that race has historically shaped election policy, and specifically how policy decisions have disenfranchised marginalized communities across the United States. They also spoke about how race continues to impact our election policy today and the importance of continuing to fight for the voting rights for all Americans. In addition to speaking about the intersection of racial equity and voting rights, the panelists discussed their self-care strategies and the importance of community when carrying out emotionally draining work. 

If you were unable to join us for the panel, you can watch a Zoom recording of the event here.  

Temple University's Master of Public Policy trains you to develop and evaluate government programs and activities. This twelve-course professional degree program prepares graduates for careers in the public, non-profit or private sector. You can learn more about the program on our website, or contact mpp@temple.edu with any questions.