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Batten Graduate Council
The Batten Graduate 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.
Courageous Conversations in Policy (CCP)
CCP serves as a space for students of all backgrounds to have solution-driven conversations about policy issues relating to inequality, race, and social justice. The organization fosters open, honest, and intentional policy conversations which are essential and should be accessible to students of all races, beliefs, and backgrounds. CCP is a place where students can start to move past discussing the problems and begin to formulate policy alternatives, or solutions, to these issues. If students from various backgrounds feel compelled to discuss an issue, CCP provides a space outside of the traditional classroom setting for them to do so.
FCG Consulting strives to bridge the gap between the Batten and the Charlottesville communities by connecting Batten students with opportunities to provide policy and consulting services to organizations that facilitate social change in the Greater Charlottesville Area. FCG provides professional development, training opportunities, client project support, service and social opportunities, and the opportunity to give back to the Charlottesville community.
Omicron Circle, Omicron Delta Kappa (O∆K)
Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, recognizes and encourages superior leadership and exemplary character. O∆K encourages collaboration among members across the five phases celebrated by O∆K: scholarship, athletics, service, communications, and arts. Founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee University, O∆K honors and develops leaders through scholarships, workshops, career opportunities, leadership resources, and a lifelong connection to other members. UVA’s Omicron Circle was established on May 28, 1925.
Pi Alpha Alpha
Pi Alpha Alpha is the global honor society for public policy, public affairs, and public administration. There are more than 160 chapters located around the world at NASPAA member schools. Nomination to Pi Alpha Alpha is limited to students who have achieved academic excellence within the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Students who accept the nomination commit to continued academic leadership within the School and wider community.
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 (WiP)
WiP serves as a casual forum for students to discuss women and gender policy issues. Through compelling conversations, WiP aims to motivate members to actively engage with these policy concerns at WiP meetings, at UVA, and in the world. All discussions are informal and gender-inclusive, meaning we welcome all viewpoints and perspectives to expand our understanding of these complex issues. WiP firmly believes that both genders’ experiences and outlooks are essential to a dynamic dialogue of gender challenges in policy. This is not just a club for women and we encourage all interested men to join the conversation.