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Study Group Holly Kuzmich: Effective Policymaking in an Age of Division

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By Institute of Politics

Thursday, September 16, 2021 5:00pm

Holly Kuzmich

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 5:00pm

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Join us on Thursday, September 16 at 5:00pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Holly Kuzmich. Holly Kuzmich serves as Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, and has over 20 years of public policy experience, serving in senior positions in the government, private, and non-profit sectors. She is a veteran of the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and Capitol Hill, where she developed her expertise in education policy.

With seemingly little progress on so many major public policy issues, is there any hope that policymakers can ever make progress on big issues in this country? I will bring my experience from Capitol Hill, the White House, the federal government, and now leading a policy institute to this discussion on policy design and implementation.

We will dive into two case studies on policy issues from the past 20 years (K-12 education and global HIV/AIDS) that received significant bipartisan support and that are largely still in place twenty years later to explore how each received initial support, how they have been sustained through multiple Administrations, and what we have learned over decades of implementation. We will also dive into the issue of immigration policy, where progress has not been made, and explore why that is and how we might advance solutions to this complex policy issue.

My goal for this study group is to show that, despite a divided Congress, effective policymaking that has long-term sustainability is possible. I also aim to do a deeper dive into specific policy issues that go beyond simple talking points and news headlines.

The Nuts and Bolts of Policymaking: This first session will begin with a personal introduction and a look at the common issues and challenges that exist across policymaking.  How do policymakers identify the pertinent issues and build a base of support for policy change?  What’s the role of coalitions, communications, and working across the aisle in getting legislation passed into law?  What happens after passage in terms of implementation? How do you sustain support over time and adapt policies to new realities?

*The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

*RSVP by 12:00pm ET by Wednesday, 9/15. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you the evening before the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

*AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

*OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

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