Summer Policy Institute
KGOU is making available audio from the Summer Policy Institute panel discussions. Here are the recordings that have been released so far:
What It Is
Oklahoma Policy Institute hosted the first Summer Policy Institute (SPI) from August 5 -7, 2013 at the University of Tulsa. The event brought together more than 50 highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for an exciting and stimulating three-day learning experience. SPI offers participants a unique opportunity to become better informed about vital Oklahoma policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders in the policy process, and prepare for their future studies and work in policy-related fields.
We plan to make SPI an annual event. Join our e-mail list to be notified about the 2014 Summer Policy Institute.
The Institute is hosted and led by the staff of OK Policy, a Tulsa-based think-tank that produces timely and credible information, analysis, and ideas on state policy issues, guided by core commitments to the fair and adequate funding of public services and the expansion of economic prosperity for all Oklahomans.
- Materials for 2013 Summer Policy Institute Participants (password required)
The Institute involves a combination of seminars, panels, workshops and keynote addresses involving leading policy experts from government, academia and community organizations. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on an interactive group project. Mealtime speakers will provide participants a chance to hear from top political practitioners and observers on such topics as the practice of political leadership, Oklahoma campaigns and elections, the intersections of state and federal policy, and the changing media landscape.
2013 Session Topics
- Overview of the Oklahoma Legislative Process
- Budget and Taxes
- Poverty and the Safety Net
- Jobs and Economic Development
- Health Care
- Criminal Justice
- Energy and Natural Resources
- Race and Gender
Who Can Participate
The Institute is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at an Oklahoma college or university, or graduate from an Oklahoma high school, who has completed a minimum of 24 hours of college credit. Participants in the Institute are chosen by a competitive application process aimed at selecting students with strong academic training, diverse experiences, and a clear interest in the study and practice of public policy. Particular emphasis is given on selecting a class of participants from a range of educational institutions, fields of study, and geographic and cultural backgrounds.