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Special Projects: Academy for New Legislators

Massachusetts State HouseThe UMass Donahue Institute, with the UMass President's Office, the Office of the State Senate President, and the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, hosts the Academy for New Legislators following the legislative elections in Massachusetts every two years.

Both newly elected legislators and those elected to office during the previous term participate in this three-day event at the University's Amherst flagship campus. The program serves to prepare these officials for their new responsibilities and ensure a smooth transition into the legislature. Featured presenters  have included the University President, the President of the Massachusetts Senate and the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

University faculty and staff members join nationally recognized experts in their fields to deliver lectures and lead discussions on subjects such as:

  •     Service and leadership
  •     Interviewing tools and techniques for broadcast media
  •     The Massachusetts economy
  •     Polling and press communications

Legislators and State House staff members offer valuable insights on such topics as:

  •     Legislative budget process
  •     Life as a freshman legislator
  •     Rules of the House and Senate
  •     Simulated committee cearing and legislative session
  •     Legislative ethics

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The UMass Donahue Institute is pre-approved to offer a variety of options for streamlined, simplified contracting both within Massachusetts and at the federal level.

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