The Public Policy Initiative is getting ready for action this fall. The Wikimedia Foundation’s new pilot program to bring Wikipedia editing into public policy classrooms at universities across the country will be debuting at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Indiana University, and Syracuse University.
At Georgetown University, Dr. Rochelle Davis will incorporate the Public Policy Initiative into two of her courses, a graduate course titled “Introduction to the Study of the Arab World” and an undergraduate course titled “Theorizing Culture and Politics.” Dr. Davis is an assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.
Four professors at George Washington University will teach classes with the Public Policy Initiative. Dr. Michael Cornfield and Julius Hobson will feature the program in two sections of a graduate course, “Fundamentals of Political Management,” and Dr. Donna Infeld and Peter Linquiti will in each of their sections of the “Policy Analysis” graduate courses. Dr. Cornfield is associate professor and political scientist, Hobson is an adjunct professor with a focus on legislative advocacy, Dr. Infeld is a professor of Public Policy and Administration and director of the Master’s of Public Policy Program at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and Linquiti is an instructor who comes with more than 20 years of policy analysis experience at ICF International.
Nicco Mele of Harvard University‘s Kennedy School of Government is excited to bring editing Wikipedia into his fall course, “Media, Politics and Power in the Digital Age.” The course is for graduate students. Mele is an adjunct lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.
Indiana University‘s Dr. Barry Rubin will participate in the Public Policy Initiative with his graduate course “Seminar in Urban Economic Development.” Dr. Rubin is a professor and Public Finance and Policy Analysis faculty chair in Indiana’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a Public Policy Initiative Advisory Board member.
Carol Dwyer of Syracuse University will teach a course “Policy Research & Publications” as part of the Public Policy Initiative. Her course is taught through the Maxwell School for Public Affairs at Syracuse.
As part of the Public Policy Initiative, we have trained volunteer Campus Ambassadors to help in the classrooms of these eight professors. We’ve just wrapped up an exhilarating three-day training in Washington, D.C., with 15 new Campus Ambassadors (pictured above; see also Frank Schulenburg’s recent blog post). These Campus Ambassadors are students, staff, and Wikipedians near the universities who have learned presentation skills and how to teach Wikipedia editing in the classroom.
We are also looking for Online Ambassadors who are available via IRC to help students navigate the basics of editing Wikipedia. Reach out to the Initiative’s online facilitator, Sage Ross, to join the Online Ambassador team.
We encourage anyone who has any interest in the project to join us on our WikiProject. We’ve been working on an enhanced article quality rating system for use in the Public Policy Initiative, and we encourage anyone to join us in rating articles for our WikiProject.
We look forward to working with all parties as we find our way through this pilot project. Join us by checking out our WikiProject: United States Public Policy page.
LiAnna Davis, Communications Associate, Public Policy Initiative