On March 23, 2022, the William & Mary Program in Public Policy hosted a breakfast with Virginia General Assembly Delegate David Reid (D-Loudoun) as part of Dr. Alan Kennedy's Master’s in Public Policy course, PUBP 590: Policy in Practice. PUBP 590 introduces the practice of public policy, requiring students to engage in experiences outside the classroom.
Earlier that month, on March 4, Delegate Reid hosted William & Mary MPP students at the Virginia State Capitol, where students learned about the legislative process and explored the role and influence of state legislators by attending a House of Delegates session. Students also met Delegate Michael Mullin and Senator Monty Mason, who shared their legislative experiences.
The skill of “being able to sort out the most important trends in swaths of data is a skill developed in the intelligence community that can serve legislators, who are responsible for voting and reading briefs on incredible numbers of issues that come before the committees and full chambers each year,” said Jack Thomas, BA/MPP ’23.
The March 23 breakfast allowed William & Mary MPP students to ask engaging questions and have an in-depth conversation with Delegate Reid, applying what they learned when they visited the State Capitol. Furthermore, they had the opportunity to better understand the role of policy formulation in the policy process, along with the importance of being an effective delegate.
“Delegate Reid’s follow-up trip to Williamsburg provided me with an even deeper understanding of life as a delegate and the immense challenges of campaigning and governing,” said Madison Humphries, BA/MPP ’23.
The MPP program at William & Mary is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about policymaking beyond the classroom setting and actively interact with concepts and ideas they have learned about in their courses. The Program in Public Policy would like to thank Eric Gliba, MPP ’23, a longtime friend of Delegate Reid, for organizing both events.