Rodrigues was chosen from a pool of over 675 advocates to participate in the PPLC. As a sociology major who works with the Black Student Union and serves as a resident assistant, public service and social justice is a core part of her identity. The conference gave her the opportunity to share her passion for these aspects of her identity and connect with others.
“The office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Harvard Kennedy School put together an amazing experience where I feel as if I made lifelong supporters and friends,” said Rodrigues. “It was a short three days that fed me so much confidence and I am really happy I had the opportunity to be one of the students chosen to participate.”
The PPLC is open to first and second year undergraduate students interested in public service and advocacy. It provides an introduction to the field of public policy and features a series of distinguished speakers, policy workshops, and exposes students to potential career paths in the field. For Rodrigues, the emphasis on the future was a potent take away from the weekend.
“The conference was very informative on what I would need to do to be a competitive candidate for public policy schools, should I choose to apply in the future,” said Rodrigues. “We had good exposure to what it would be like to follow a path where we would get to be law reformers and changemakers.”