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Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS)

What is POLS?
POLS is a nine-month, cohort-based Master’s program in which a diverse cohort of students gain the knowledge, theory, and hands-on experience necessary for effective leadership in a wide range of education enterprises. Through graduate coursework and capstone field projects with partner sites, students hone skills of critical analysis, teamwork, and problem-solving. We take advantage of our strategic position as a global hub of innovation to develop mission-driven professionals.

Program Overview

POLS Projects

The Healing Power of Nature: Increasing Access to East Bay Regional Parks’ Health Benefits for Oakland’s Diverse Residents

Clare McLaughlin and Meg Pantell

The East Bay Regional Park system (EBRP) is an expansive natural space in Oakland, a racially and economically diverse urban community in California. This study interviewed local park visitors to...

Evaluating and Strengthening EPAAF’s Mentorship Program to Support First-Gen, Low-Income College Students

Jimin Choi and Praveen Loganathan

How can mentorship programs help students thrive in college? In 2019, East Palo Alto Academy Foundation (EPAAF) launched a Mentorship program to support first-generation college students. This...

The Donor Support Ecosystem: A Sketch

Yoon-Chan Kim

During winter of 2020, the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society interviewed fifteen professionals from fifteen unique organizations...

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