The Public Engagement Project (PEP), Social Inequality & Justice initiative
Established in 2008, the Public Engagement Project (PEP) is a collaboration between the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA), the Center for Research on Families, the Sociology Department, Social and Demographic Research Institute (SADRI), and the Psychology of Peace & Violence Concentration in the Psychology Department.
PEP supports and trains UMass faculty members who want their research to make a difference in the world. Through panels, workshops, and mutual mentoring, PEP creates opportunities for faculty members to learn new skills from experts and from each other to improve engagement with the media, community groups, policymakers, and others in the public arena.
As an initiative that supports the immediate dissemination and use of faculty and student research, PEP is aligned with CPPA's Social Inequality & Justice Initiative. However, because PEP supports the broad use of research that cross multiple subject-area lines, the initiative, in fact, supports all of CPPA's five key initiatives.
Visit the PEP website for up-to-date information on the initiative and its events.