Play is the rule of law for this year’s Policy Camp.

“We really want to highlight the ‘camp’ part of the program with the interactive nature of the activities,” said Anne-Lise Velez, collegiate associate professor in the Honors College and Policy Camp director. “It’s meant to be more of a nontraditional workshop.”

Hosted by Virginia Tech’s +Policy Network, the camp will emphasize the importance of researchers and students gaining exposure to policy concepts and applying them to real-world challenges.

Who is invited? Faculty and graduate students interested in learning about policy and considerations that can make research more relevant for policy decision-making.

What will happen? Campers will enhance policy skills through interactive activities in a realistic environment and with colleagues from other academic disciplines.

When will it happen? Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where will it happen? Honors College Studios in Squires Hall

S’more camp perks

  • Explore applying new policy concepts and ideas to your own scholarly work.
  • Experience collaborative exercises and activities that emphasize the importance of finding common ground related to policy.
  • Earn 12 Professional Development credit hours that can be applied to Virginia Tech’s Computer Refresh program if desired.
  • Earn six credit hours by taking the introductory asynchronous course offerings.

Past campers’ experiences

  • “I found that the Policy Camp was a great way to be reintroduced to important definitions and concepts in policy. My favorite part of the camp was seeing the wide range of policy experience, expertise and scholarship at Virginia Tech from the professors and students across different disciplines. It was a great opportunity to identify and work through areas of divergence. While some of us thought we may not have a lot to contribute, it turns out that each participant did - even if not a policy ‘expert," said Paige Harrigan, a doctoral student studying human nutrition, foods, and exercise who is working toward a graduate certificate in the +Policy Network’s Science, Technology and Engineering in Policy program.
  • “Everyone brought their own perspectives, which was one of the real gems of the experience,” said Isabel Bradburn, director of the +Policy Network and associate director for faculty development and strategic initiatives at the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment.

To attend

Register online or contact Anne-Lise Velez at for more information.

Faculty members and students interested in the camp but who do not already possess introductory-level policy knowledge can take the asynchronous components of Policy Camp, six self-paced modules on Canvas.

Written by Cassidy Schultz  


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