Join us! 2017 Print Journal Unveiling

Join AU SPA’s Public Purpose Journal Friday, March 31, 2017 from 5:30-8 pm in the Spring Valley Building, Room 618 for a celebration of our 2017 Print Journal unveiling. The event will include a cocktail reception with an open bar, appetizers, the unveiling of the journal, a panel of our authors, and a special guest speaker. All PPJ staff, friends, faculty, and prospective SPA students are … Continue reading Join us! 2017 Print Journal Unveiling

An “Alternative Fact:” Muslim Refugees Are Not a Threat to America

During his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Less than a month into his presidency, Mr. Trump attempted to uphold this promise by signing an executive order prohibiting immigrants and visa-holders from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 120 days. This also included the indefinite suspension of resettling Syrian refugees. The … Continue reading An “Alternative Fact:” Muslim Refugees Are Not a Threat to America

To Drive Down Higher Education Costs, Fund Public Colleges

The growing expense of higher education has become a pressing concern in recent years.  In tuition alone, it currently costs $39,508 to get a 4-year degree from an in-state public institution, $97,960 for an out-of-state institution, and $135,010 for a private one, not including the cost of books or board. Education prices increased an average 5.2 percent from 1995 to 2015, higher than even healthcare at … Continue reading To Drive Down Higher Education Costs, Fund Public Colleges

The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal Under The Trump Administration

Since Implementation Day, January 16, 2016, the Iran Nuclear Deal has succeeded in its goal of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons-capabilities. However, in the past year, relations have not substantially improved between the U.S. and Iran and Iran has not seen the economic improvements it expected. The deal has also been tested by several temporary violations of the agreement by Iran and a suspected … Continue reading The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal Under The Trump Administration

Stringent Cyber Policy Under a Trump Administration?

Over the final years of the Obama administration, cybersecurity had become a top priority of government agencies.  Massive compromises of citizen data have propelled the issue to the forefront of discussions to reshape government, most recently the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  After campaigning on a robust response to cybersecurity, what will the Trump administration do to improve the cyber resilience of government institutions? From 2014 to 2015, … Continue reading Stringent Cyber Policy Under a Trump Administration?

It’s Time to End Forced Arbitration

What is Forced Arbitration? Many Americans are unfamiliar with binding arbitration clauses, also referred to as forced arbitration clauses or forced arbitration, which force agreeing parties to cede their right to settle potential disputes within the court system. Corporations and businesses often use these clauses in contracts and terms of service agreements with consumers and employers in order to circumvent the court system, usually to … Continue reading It’s Time to End Forced Arbitration

LGBTQ Candidates Try to Make History in 2016 Election

In the wake of a tumultuous presidential election, it is important to recognize some of the significant down-ballot electoral efforts. Hundreds of LGBTQ candidates sought office at the local, state, and federal levels this election cycle. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization that works to elect LGBTQ individuals to office, endorsed 135 candidates. Of those 135 individuals, 86 were elected to public office. … Continue reading LGBTQ Candidates Try to Make History in 2016 Election