About the Forum

Established in 2013, The Policy Forum at Mills College is a student-run online journal presenting the best written work of our Public Policy undergraduate and graduate students. Our students focus on assessing public problems, developing creative solutions, and implementing policies that are efficient, equitable, ethical, and feasible.

What gets published?

The Policy Forum hosts outstanding examples of student work from their on-campus coursework or off-campus professional engagements. Popular topics fall into any number of the following categories, depending on a student’s area(s) of focus or personal interest(s):

Agriculture & Food Environment & Energy
Children & Families Gender Equity & LGBTQ
Community & Economic Development Health & Wellness
Criminal Justice Housing
Disaster Response Human & Civil Rights
Legislative Affairs & Politics International Development
Poverty & Social Welfare Transportation
Rural Issues Urban Planning & Land Use

Mills students and alumni are encouraged to submit an article based on their highest quality work for publication to the journal. Submissions may include (but are not limited to) policy reports or briefs, opinion editorials, visual data projects, multimedia projects, interviews, literature reviews, and summaries of senior theses and Master’s Policy Reports, which are professional papers that meet both Mills’ academic standards and the needs of a practitioner who acts as a client for the project.

Student reports can be reviewed on the Articles page and are listed by volume. Op-eds and Radio clips are available on their own respective pages. Respectful discussion, debate, and commentary are encouraged through use of the comments functions. If you are interested in submitting your work for publication, please consult the submissions page and follow submission instructions.

The Policy Forum at Mills is strictly a journal publication and bears no affiliation with other student groups or organizations. Additionally, all opinions published on The Policy Forum at Mills are the authors’ own, and not neccessarily representative of the Public Policy Program at Mills College.