CHASP is the sponsor of the student and alumni organization LBJ Social Policy Network (SPN). The SPN welcomes any LBJ student whose area of interest is or intersects with any pressing social policy issue. Throughout the year, SPN and CHASP collaborate to provide students and alumni a platform to connect and interact with each other, distinguished faculty, and key policymakers and decision makers.
We encourage all students whose area of interest is or intersects with any of these policy issues to connect to SPN and CHASP: poverty, social mobility, public education, criminal justice, juvenile justice, early childhood, child welfare, family supports, adolescent health, family structure, food insecurity, mental health, reproductive health, healthcare, health finance, aging, housing, and transportation.
Connect with CHASP and SPN:
- Join the student/alumni SPN listserv to remain updated about the upcoming SPN meetings, events, social policy intern and full-time job announcements. For students and alumni only.
- Join the Center for Health and Social Policy email group to get professional news, CHASP event announcements, CHASP faculty updates, and more
- Follow CHASP on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.
- Join the new SPN Facebook group, a private interactive forum for students and alumni connected to social policy issues to share info that would be of interest to their peers and colleagues (news, events, jobs, etc.).
- Like the SPN club Facebook page.
2016-2017 SPN Leadership:
President – Ashley Barraza
Ashley is a dual degree master’s student studying Public Affairs and Social Work with a focus in Nonprofit Studies. A native Texan from the Dallas suburbs, Ashley graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 with a B.S. in Preprofessional Studies and minors in Anthropology and Poverty Studies. While still thinking she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, she worked briefly as a research technician in a surgical oncology lab at UT Southwestern Medical Center before realizing that her true passion lies in assisting economically disadvantaged populations and exploring potential solutions for poverty prevention and alleviation. During her time at LBJ, Ashley hopes to learn more about issues regarding equity and access and how increased community engagement can encourage a more inclusive policymaking process. She is extremely excited for the opportunity to enhance SPN and is looking forward to engaging with classmates, alumni, and faculty members in events centered around social policy.
Vice President – Erika Parks
Erika graduated from Pomona College in 2013 with a BA in Math and Sociology. At Pomona she was a student leader at the college’s center for community partnerships, volunteered and conducted research with a transitional program for women returning to the community from prison, and interned at the Bureau of Justice Statistics. After graduation, she worked at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center in Washington, DC where she managed research projects related to juvenile justice, reentry and recidivism prevention, and local justice systems change for three years. She is currently work as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Child and Family Research Partnership on issues related to child welfare and adolescent health. Erika is passionate about improving social policy broadly, but particularly interested in the ways families are impacted by contact with the criminal justice and child welfare systems. During her time at LBJ, she plans to continue developing skills in tackling social policy issues in a community-based way.
Publicity Director – Jordan Gregory
Jordan graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelors degree in Agricultural Communications. During her time at Texas Tech, she was trained in written communications including social media posts, press releases, and feature stories. She was also trained in digital communications, graphic design, photography, and videography. She also held a congressional internship with Congressman John R. Carter where she supported the communications team by creating posts for various social media platforms. During her final semester at Texas Tech University, she was selected to write and design the cover story for The Agriculturist alumni magazine.
- Academic Enrichment Co-Chairs: Dana Johnson and Apoorva Mahajan
- Community Engagement Chair: Sarah Blumberg
- Professional Development Chair: Elizabeth Petruy
Sample SPN events:
- volunteer events
- alumni/student happy hour
- event panel with policy practitioners
Photo: Fall 2016 CHASP Student Welcome Lunch