Oklahoma Policy Institute Summer Policy Institute


According to the Oklahoma Policy Institute, the goal of the Summer Policy Institute is to "bring together more than 50 highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for an exciting and stimulating four-day learning experience. SPI offers participants a unique opportunity to become better informed about vital Oklahoma policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders, and prepare for their future studies and work in policy-related fields." The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work had five MSW students participate this summer from both campuses. Pictured above are Molly Bryant, Lauren Turner, Kate Quinton, Sarah Parks, and Joy Miller-Davis. 

"The Summer Policy Institute was a unique opportunity to learn from crucial leaders in our communities and collaborate with students across the state. I feel so blessed to have been able to participate and grow both personally and professionally from SPI. As social workers we have to be engaged in policy at all levels as it directly impacts our profession and the lives of our clients. A huge thank you is due to the Oklahoma Policy Institute for creating such an empowering program and to the Social Work Department for making it possible for me to attend!" - Kate Quinton

"The Summer Policy Institute was an inspiring whirlwind of a conference that allowed me to explore the complexities of Oklahoma state politics through many diverse perspectives. I left the institute feeling empowered and well-equipped to advocate for better policies that enhance the quality of life for my fellow Okies." - Molly Bryant

"Attending Summer Policy Institute was a great experience! It was encouraging to meet students in different disciplines who are also passionate about making Oklahoma a better place to live. The panels were made up of experts in healthcare, education, food insecurity, poverty and other issues that are important to social workers. I left the Summer Policy Institute with a deeper knowledge of the challenges we face and still somehow hopeful about the future." - Lauren Turner

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