Distinction in Public Affairs

Distinction in Public Affairs is a program designed to give students a more in-depth understanding of the Missouri State public affairs mission and allow them to work on an issue in the community.

The program is open to all students but targets sophomores and juniors who want to enhance their co-curricular experiences to the public affairs mission. The selection process is done on a first come first served basis, so apply early! Click the link below to apply today!


Applications Will be Available October 2015

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Program Overview:


Program Orientation: December 1, 2014 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM | PSU 313

(participants are expected to attend | an overview of the program and expectations)

Sessions: Mondays 3:30 - 5:30 PM | February 2 - April 20 2015
Presentations: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 


Participants will be placed into small teams of 8-10 students led by one faculty and one staff member to meet weekly throughout the spring semester to learn and engage together in the three pillars of the public affairs mission. Students will come together for large group sessions that include: learning more about the public affairs mission, learning leadership development skills, Strengths Quest, the Giving Voices Troupe, a panel discussion of the history and culture of Missouri State and Springfield, and much more. Each small group will have breakout meetings of their own to discuss and learn about an issue in the Springfield community specific to their group.  Groups will become immersed in their issue in the community by researching and experiencing it first hand.  They will then give a presentation on their issue at the Public Affairs Conference that shows a demonstration of knowledge for the issue and how it relates to public affairs.

The issues that groups will choose from are the areas outlined in the 2013 Springfield Community Focus Report.  To the full report along with descriptions of the different areas visit: http://springfieldcommunityfocus.org/. These topics will be explained in more depth at the program orientation but they include:


Arts & Culture

Business & Economic Conditions

Citizen Participation

Community Health

Early Childhood



Natural Environment

Public Order & Safety

Recreation, Sports, & Leisure



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