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Batten Speaks! is a public speaking club for any student in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The goal of Batten Speaks! is to provide a positive, supportive environment for Batten Students to develop their public speaking and communication abilities. Monthly meetings will cover a variety of topics including networking, interview techniques, and presentation skills.
Batten Undergraduate Student Council
The Batten Student Council represents the needs and interests of Batten School students. It helps to enrich their academic experience by encouraging community outreach, student leadership, special events, and professional development activities. The Council also provides opportunities for interaction among students, faculty, and alumni to foster a strong culture and close-knit Batten community.
The Batten Umbrella Mentorship Program (BUMP) is an environment that fosters learning outside the classroom, sensitivity to the community, and friendship ties that last beyond students’ time at UVa. Any Batten undergraduate student may join BUMP the semester he or she is admitted into the Batten School. Each underclass student is partnered with an upperclass student, and the two get to know each other over the spring semester and summer before orientation for incoming students. BUMP holds monthly meetings as well as Round-Table Discussions twice a month as well as other activities and events. Round-Table Discussions are opportunities for a set of partners to work with other BUMP members on a specific policy issue in the news: Highly involved members of BUMP and the Round-Table Discussions will be qualified for consideration of internship and research assistant opportunities.
Foreign Policy Club
The Foreign Policy Club aims to introduce students to national security and diplomacy policy. Students interested in working for the Departments of State or Defense should consider joining. No prior professional or academic experience in foreign policy is necessary. Most meetings are a discussion of a current event. The highlight events include hosting one or two prominent speakers and a holding formal debate.
Virginia Policy Review
The Virginia Policy Review publishes student articles about international, domestic, and regional public policy issues. Founded by the first MPP class of the Batten School, its primary purposes include focusing the university community’s attention on current public policy issues, providing UVa students with a journal of well-researched, readable policy analysis, and offering both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to improve their writing, editing, and research skills. Each year, the Virginia Policy Review publishes two full issues (Winter and Summer), as well as a special topical issue each Fall. Additionally, the Virginia Policy Review hosts graduate policy journal staff at an annual National Journal Conference to discuss best practices for policy-related academic publications.
Women in Policy
Every month, WiP circulates a new article on the topic of women or gender issues. The idea is to read what mainstream media have to say about women’s issues, and unpack it using policy backgrounds and training.