Summer Policy Institute
What is it?
The Summer Policy Institute brings 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 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.
Who can participate?
The Institute is open to any current 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 or has graduated since December 2016. 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.
Program tuition is $375 for commuters or $450 for those staying in University of Tulsa housing. Full and partial financial assistance will be available to all students who need assistance to attend. No one will be denied a spot in the Institute due to inability to pay.
The Institute involves a combination of seminars, panels, workshops and keynote addresses involving leading policy experts from government, academia and community organizations. Subjects include Oklahoma’s legislative process, state budget and taxes, education, poverty and opportunity, and more. For a better idea of the program, you can scroll down to view past years’ agendas.
KWGS made available audio from many of the 2014 Summer Policy Institute panels and discussions. Download the recordings here.
KGOU made available audio from the 2013 Summer Policy Institute panel discussions. Here are the recordings that have been released: