Tiffany Smith and Patrice Gardner are CSU students participating in the Public Policy
Scholars Program (PPSP). They are currently interning in State Senator Mattie Hunter’s
office and recently attended an annual dinner honoring retired teachers, nurses, and
red hatters at the Hyatt Regency. CSU Scholars attended and participated in the event
with Senator Hunter and had the chance to spend time meeting with various state leaders
including Gov. Pat Quinn.
The Public Policy Scholars Program (PPSP) was created to give students of color the
opportunity to work as interns with elected officials and within other sectors shaping
public policy and to receive a stipend, as they complete their degrees. The program
is instrumental in exposing students to the fundamentals of creating, shaping and
implementing public policy initiatives.