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Ayush Ajmani '24 RGLP Reflection: Communicating Through Society

As society becomes more interconnected than ever through evolving technologies and new advancements, investing in cross-cultural communication has become a priority globally. The past western ethnocentric views that dominated global decision-making no longer hold their place in a 21st-century context. Rather, with more diverse participants joining the global policy-making sphere, inviting and maintaining culturally-sensitive conversations have become critical to maintaining and developing the global agenda as a whole. Without an understanding of how different countries and peoples regard certain policies, cultural norms, and even global goals, attaining harmony among all peoples within the 21st century may be nearly impossible. In such light, investing in programs that outline and teach global cooperation and cultural awareness has remained a top priority. Whether it's through taking courses on dinner manners in certain middle eastern countries or attending cultural leadership seminars like RGLP, programs like these can help bolster the skills and knowledge needed for effective communication. 

RLF Reflection: Doing Diversity Right

On November 12, Amanda Donald-Phillips gave a presentation on how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives can be improved to better serve black women.

Following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Amanda argued that because many companies’ DEI initiatives were inherently performative and reactionary in nature (as they were formed directly in response to these tragedies), implemented policies were ignorant of black women’s inequality in the workforce (with respect to occupational segregation, and the wage gap in which black women are paid 38% less than white men, and 21% less than white women). After later explaining black and brown workers’ restriction to service jobs and low retention in the corporate workplace, Amanda concluded that DEI initiatives have failed black women.

Tina Nadeau's PBPL 45 Visit

On Thursday, October 28, Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, Tina Nadeau, visited Professor Ron Shaiko’s PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class.  Chief Justice Nadeau is the 2021 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor at the Nelson A.

First-Year Fellow Reflection - Anthony Fosu '25

First-Year Fellow Reflection - Rohit Garimella '24

Infographic Reflection

Sven Steinmo Discusses Tax Evasion and Social Cohesion with the Rockefeller Center

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, Sven Steinmo, a professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, convened with Dartmouth students and community members in Filene Auditorium for an event co-hosted by Dartmouth’s Sociology Department and the Rockefeller Center.

For a decade, Steinmo was the Robert Schuman Professor at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy as well as a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. While in Europe, he conducted a series of cross-national experiments on how institutions shape individuals’ behaviors. This research is the foundation of Steinmo’s upcoming book Willing to Pay? A Reasonable Choice Approach and informed Wednesday’s lecture.

First-Year Fellow Reflection - Janine D'Souza

Janine D'Souza '24 reflects on her First-Year Fellowship at Save the Children.

Cartoon of Janine D'Souza describing her fellowship

Dartmouth Mock Trial Tournament Recap (1st + 2nd Place an UNH Invitational!)

The Dartmouth Mock Trial Team competed this past weekend at the UNH Invitational Tournament. We sent two teams and competed against 8 other schools, including MIT, West Point, and Northeastern. We were proud to place 1st and 2nd at the competition! Additionally, we had multiple students win individual awards:

Outstanding Witnesses:

Bea Burack ‘25

Armita Mirkarimi ‘25

Fiona Sleigh ‘23

Outstanding Attorneys:

Isabella Dunbar ‘23

Vanessa Haggans ‘23

Paige Pattinson ’24

Harish Tekriwal ‘21

Mock Trial is a competition that involves students performing as both attorneys and witnesses in a simulated trial based on real-world cases and law. Through engaging in trial competitions with other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures. Many of our members go on to attend the nation’s top law schools and public policy programs.

Our best shot at controlling COVID: Data-driven mask mandates amplify protection of vaccines

From Dartmouth Alumni Magazine:

Anne Sosin, a public health policy researcher, co-authored an op-ed in USA Today urging New England's governors to implement indoor mask mandates. Sosin and her colleagues wrote that "vaccinations alone won't save us" and: "Indoor mask policies are effective and complement vaccines to prevent infection in everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated. A randomized trial, policy studies, and lab studies all provide evidence that masks reduce COVID-19 transmission."

Read the full article here.


The Supreme Court faces more pandemic questions this term

Rockefeller Center Research Assistant Professor of Government and Policy Fellow, Herschel S. Nachlis, recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post with two Dartmouth students, Amy Park ‘23 and Annika Begley ‘22.

"How will the Supreme Court rule on pandemic-related public health questions in its upcoming term? New legal battles over vaccine mandates, in particular, may reach the court soon.


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