Students of Color in Public Policy (SCiPP)


The Students of Color in Public Policy (SCiPP) serves to:

  • Foster a sense of community among students of color at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) and the University of California, Berkeley
  • Ensure serious consideration of issues important to communities of color in policy design and implementation
  • Develop supportive spaces for students of color to engage relevant policy issues
  • Increase the enrollment and retention of students of color at GSPP
  • Promote diversity in the field of public policy


Administrative and Media Coordinator 
Jennifer Shulz |

Finance Coordinator 
Paula Fonacier Tang |

Peer Advising Coordinators
Xian Ballesteros |
Lisa Quan |

Internal Events Coordinator
Nefara Riesch |

External Events Coordinator
Daisy Quan |

Race & Policy Symposium Coordinator
Paulina Maqueda Escamilla |

Campus Events

SCiPP regularly hosts and co-sponsors events around campus dedicated to raising awareness of ethnic and racial issues in public policy. Past events include a panel on the state of AAPIs in policy and law, a lunch discussion with Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and a panel on Race in the 2016 Elections. SCiPP also holds a monthly “SCiPP Hour” where group members have a safe space for open dialogue and to plan future events.

Race & Policy Symposium

Every year, SCiPP organizes the Race & Policy Symposium held in the spring semester. The Race & Policy Symposium is a week-long event with keynote speakers, panels, and workshops catered to a specific theme regarding ethnic and racial matters in policy. We collaborate with other campus clubs to include other minority groups and incorporate various policy areas affecting communities of color. 

Last year’s theme was Modern Segregation. Our panel topics covered the phenomenon and impacts of segregation across policy areas, including housing, education, and environmental justice, in the U.S. and internationally.

Previous Race & Policy Symposium Materials:

SCiPP Peer Advising Program

The Students of Color in Public Policy (SCiPP) is dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity within the student community. To achieve this goal, SCiPP recruits current GSPP students to serve as Peer Advisors to guide prospective applicants through the graduate application process.

Peer Advisors provide feedback on final drafts of the Policy Statement of Purpose (PSP), give advice on the application process, and answer general questions about GSPP. We gladly provide our services to ALL who are interested, regardless of race or ethnicity, and highly encourage individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to reach out to our team and visit SCiPP's external website.

To use our services, please follow the instructions below. Once completed, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your essay within 48 hours.

  1. Complete the SCiPP Peer Advising Survey.
  2. Send your Policy Statement of Purpose (PSP) to as a word document. Please save the document as “FullName_PSP.doc” Example: StephenCurry_PSP.doc
  3. Include in the subject line of your email “SCiPP Peer Advising: FirstName_LastName”
  4. If you have additional questions or concerns about the curriculum or public policy degree (or if you just want to introduce yourself!), include it in the body of the email along with your PSP attachment.

SCiPP Peer Advising Program will accept PSP essays on a rolling basis during the 2017 application cycle. However, we will only assign Peer Advisors on the two dates below.   

Deadline to submit Policy Statement of Purpose essay: Date that prospective applicant will be assigned a Peer Advisor:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Monday, November 6, 2017

We will accept PSP essays for review through Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 11:59 pm PST. Anything received after that date will not be reviewed. We look forward to working with you and wish you the best of luck on your graduate school applications!

Please be advised that the SCiPP Peer Advising Program does not, in any way, guarantee admission to the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP). Current GSPP students provide advice and feedback on Policy Statement of Purpose (PSP) essays and answer general questions about GSPP to the best of their knowledge. We are not trained by, nor do we represent, in any way, the admissions committee or the GSPP Administration.

Comments and advice are purely to help prospective applicants better communicate their skills and strengths in the PSP essay and to make a more informed decision about the public policy graduate program.



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