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This week NASPAA salutes public servants at every level of government... and all those professors in schools of public policy and administration preparing the next generation for lives of public service. In a year of unprecedented demands on public services, we thank all public servants for their life-saving contributions and work for the public good. 



2021 NASPAA Awards Nominations Open!

Deadline is June 7, 2021

NASPAA values the hard work that public service education faculty, administrators, and students put into teaching, researching, and practicing public service. Annually, NASPAA recognizes outstanding achievement in these fields through awards presented at the NASPAA Annual Conference.  All nominations must be submitted by Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. More details


#NASPAA2021 Conference Theme and Format Announced

Submission deadline is May 12, 2021

NASPAA's 2021 Annual Conference Call for Proposals is now live! The Conference will take place virtually October 27-29, 2021, with the theme "Reimagining the Civic Square." Preview the application questions and submission details before you begin the online submission process. All proposals must be submitted by the session convener by Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Midnight EDT.



Request for Proposals


Local Government Case Studies Project

ICMA and NASPAA are partnering in the development of  set of case study materials to be used by faculty to bring real-life situations into the classroom for graduate local government management students and the professional development of local managers. View the full RFP


2021 Accreditation Institute

Submission Deadline is May 14, 2021

The 2021 Accreditation Institute will be held October 27 as part of activities for the 2021 NASPAA Annual Conference.  Interested in presenting the Accreditation Institute? COPRA is seeking facilitators for the training. Read the request for proposals here.

Statement from NASPAA President Laura Bloomberg, on April 21, 2021, regarding the Chauvin Trial

I welcome the verdict of guilt on all three charges in the Chauvin trial, even as we continue to mourn our communities' losses and recognize how much work remains to ensure equal justice for all.  This week we also prepare for the memorial service of Daunte Wright, and we mark the passing of Vice President Walter Mondale, a fierce human rights advocate and tremendous supporter of public service. When asked recently what he wanted his legacy to be, Mr. Mondale had this message for the students of the Humphrey School.  His words seem particularly apt during this time when we grieve his loss even as our focus is very much on creating more equitable and more just structures in this community: 

I’d like to encourage young people to enjoy public service, but to prepare to fight for what they believe in. You need to make your case, you need to get public support, get the public engaged. That’s the way progress is made. It’s hard, it’s tough, but it’s also fulfilling. That’s the biggest legacy that I would like to leave.

The verdict in the Chauvin trial signals one significant step toward justice. Vital and deep systemic change must come next: we need policies and practices that ensure increased accountability, vastly improved models of public safety and a clear eyed look at structural racism across all sectors and systems. Our public affairs students, scholars, and alums are well equipped to advance this essential work; to engage community voices, craft improved policies, advocate for improved practices, measure impact, and effect changes that too many have waited far too long to see.  Systemic policy change is laborious---and essential.  


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