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Student Project Places in Summit Competition

March 4, 2020

Two students with majors in the college were part of a policy proposal team that placed third in the Future of Florida Summit held Feb. 21-23 at the University of Florida.

Logan Love (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences) and Vanessa Ramos (Political Science and Psychology), along with three students from other Florida Universities, won for their policy paper "A proposal to add to Florida Statute 943.13 that mental health training should be required for all correctional officers and prison guards."

The theme of the 2020 summit, which is sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, was criminal justice reform. Over the course of the weekend, more than 100 students from across Florida listened to subject-matter experts speak on various facets of the topic: preventing recidivism, law enforcement, sentencing and the prison system.

Afterward, they broke into 11 work groups and developed policy proposals and strategies to initiate criminal justice reforms. Proposals were then judged on four criteria: creativity/innovation, presentation, impact and feasibility, and selected by an independent three-member jury of university faculty.

"My expertise and experience are in education policy," said Love, who graduates this spring with certificates in public policy and public administration through the Askew School and Leadership Studies through the Center for Leadership and Social Change. "This conference allowed me to learn about a policy area I didn’t have much context on and it allowed me to apply my interest in education."

Love and Ramos went through a rigorous application process that included composing essays and creating mini-proposals for criminal justice reform.

Several other students from the college, both undergraduates and graduates, took part in the summit, including:
• Simon Marguerite Burgin IA/French Spanish
• Courtland Culver (Applied Economics)
• Jaylen Darling (Pre-International Affairs)
• Jonathan Farhat (Political Science)
• Mia Lewis (Hillsborough Community College student who will begin working toward her bachelor's degree in Geography in the fall)
• Kennaisiya Miller (International Affairs)
• Molly Rimes (Political Science/Criminology)
• Leah Singleton (International Affairs/Religion)
• Ariel Ynovy (Interdisciplinary Social Science)

The Future of Florida Summit invites the brightest and most politically engaged students from Florida’s colleges and universities to address pressing issues facing our state. The summit aims to establish a tradition of statewide intercollegiate political activism, inspire students to champion solutions to difficult challenges and promote the free and open exchange of ideas.

"Students from any undergraduate or graduate school in the state can apply," Love said. "This would be a great opportunity for students from our college in the future to attend."

For more info about the Future of Florida Summit, visit this link.


Logan Love (center) and Vanessa Ramos (2nd from right) with their third-place team
at the Future of Florida Summit