If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

Definitely bright-eyed, yellow-headed Amy Poehler — not only because she would be hilarious — but for all she’s done to motivate young women to embrace their smarts and power and to not accept the status quo when it comes to gender norms.

What motivates you to create social impact?

Once I understood how my privilege makes me complicit in various forms of institutionalized oppression, I knew I had to fight to dismantle those systems.

Host Site Overview

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is one of the country’s top-ranked professional public policy and planning schools, widely recognized for its success in advancing the common good through a comprehensive, world-class program. Long noted for equipping students to play key roles in public life at the local, state, national, and global levels, the Humphrey School is respected for its role in shaping public policy, its focus on social justice and human rights, and its expertise in planning, leadership, and management.

Host Site Project

Alyssa will serve on the Communications team of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, focusing on marketing, public relations and event planning. Alyssa will support the Humphrey School communications focusing on four key areas: online communications development, website management and support, communications channel management, and event support. Alyssa will collaborate with the communications director and the rest of the team to develop and execute social media content and strategies, write content across platforms, assess reach and effectiveness using analytics, and maintain useful contact databases to support the Humphrey’s work.