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Combat and Collaboration in Seattle's Historic Minimum Wage Debate

This E-PARCC award-winning case, "Combat and Collaboration in Seattle's Historic Minimum Wage Debate”, provides a gripping and vivid example of an innovative policy-making process in a major city. Students are thrust into the action as the Mayor of Seattle struggles to find common ground between the age-old foes of labor and business after creating a committee of stakeholders to design a new minimum wage law. If the Mayor succeeds, Seattle will become the first major city in the country to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour.

United or Divided States? U.S.-Mexico Border Simulation

This two-day simulation focuses on the negotiation of controversial and complex issues related to the 2,000-mile border that separates and joins the United States and Mexico as neighbors.

Advocating for Immigrant Integration: OneAmerica's Washington New Americans Initiative

Over the past decade, immigrant rights organizations in several states seized the opportunity to shift their advocacy efforts from a narrow focus on reform of the nation’s immigration laws to a broader platform of improved immigrant integration into American society. This meant an expansion of policy focus into all aspects of immigrant life, including education, health care, and employment opportunities. To accomplish this, immigrant rights organizations had to devise new strategies to advocate for change at the level of state government.

The Eight Neighbors: A Case Study in Collaboration and Formalization

This case demonstrates most clearly the challenges to starting and sustaining a collaborative partnership. By examining the different steps that the Eight Neighbors partnership has taken between September 2008 and August 2010, this case also highlights the potential benefits and challenges to tackling community-wide issues with an approach that involves different sectors and a diverse set of stakeholders.

Innovating in the Public Health Sector: Republica

Dr. Albert Viau has developed a national physician’s assistant program to help solve the problem of rural health service delivery in Republica, a mountainous Central American country. This program would provide high level preventative and primary care in the rural and underserved areas of the country. His proposed solution faces major opposition from his medical colleagues and the health establishment. Dr. Viau knew the proven policy would help alleviate the problem, but he could not find any support. He ran for Dean of the Medical School to begin the reform and did not succeed.

Op-Eds: Writing for Social Change

This teaching note characterizes op-eds and discusses a few challenging aspects about initiating op-ed writing such as how to prompt student writers to go beyond a topic to determine a specific issue and finally forge a statement of purpose. This note offers one way for academics to introduce student writers to a prevalent genre in the field of public policy.

Wolf Politics

Through this simulation students will experience the policymaking and implementation process firsthand. “Wolf Politics” is intended for use in a public policy- or environmental policy-oriented course. This experience will reinforce the concepts students have learned in their courses, allowing them to apply theoretical knowledge to a real policy issue. The process of preparing testimony for a U.S. Senate subcommittee also gives students a glimpse of how a Senate hearing may operate.

Organizing Communities to Protect West Virginia's Natural Environment: A Different Power Source

OVEC is a relatively small group that effectively takes on the most powerful industrial interests in West Virginia. Since 1987 Janet Fout, Dianne Bady, and their co-founder, the late Laura Forman, have organized Appalachian communities to protect their air, water and mountains from being destroyed for oil, timber, coal and other profitable enterprises. With research-grounded strategies, and bolstered by spirituality and heartfelt conviction, Bady, Fout and their colleagues pursue the following approaches:

Preventing Homelessness and Creating Lasting Solutions Through Housing Development, Service Provision and Advocacy

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is a national model for integrating housing and homeless support services while engaging in advocacy to influence public policy. With a combination of clarity, tenacity and adaptability, the Coalition pursues its mission to prevent homelessness and create lasting solutions. Long-time president, John Parvensky, and his colleagues use the following approaches:

Using Sensible Legal Strategies and Unlikely Alliances to Achieve Fairness for Immigrants in Nebraska: A Reasoned Voice Will Take You Far

Since the mid-1990s, Milo Mumgaard and his colleagues at the Nebraska Appleseed Center have established themselves as honest brokers for doing the right thing on behalf of immigrants in the nation's heartland. Their track record encompasses significant victories in public policy, from immigration to welfare. They also give individuals and community groups the legal tools they need to win on housing, labor and other struggles. Mumgaard and his colleagues adhere to the following principles: