Because Christian leaders are needed for creating public policies that honor God and best serve the needs of people who are made in his image. Are you driven to solve society's challenges with character and conviction?
What is APPEC?
Founded in October 2019, the American Public Policy Education Club exists to promote a greater understanding of the key public policy issues that directly affect the lives of PHC students and future generations of Americans and to provide a forum for discussing the types of reforms available to US policymakers in solving these complex problems. To achieve this mission, club members coordinate events with premier organizations to bring top public policy experts on campus to give educational presentations on policies such as Medicare, Social Security, and student loan debt and participate in meetings discussing the types of reforms available to US policymakers in addressing these complex issues.
What Has APPEC Done So Far?
Last semester, APPEC partnered with Free the Facts, a non-partisan, non-profit public policy educational organization based in Washington, D.C., and brought Dr. Josh Gordon, who holds a Ph.D. in political science and master's degree from the University of Florida and is a senior policy advisor to The Concord Coalition, on campus to give an educational presentation on Social Security. After the presentation, PHC students stayed for a Q&A with Dr. Gordon to discuss the types of reforms US policymakers could implement to avert what some have called "the looming Social Security crisis."
This semester, APPEC is once again partnering with Free the Facts to bring another policy expert, Dr. Lindsay Hayes, on campus to give an educational presentation on Medicare. Dr. Hayes has served as a writer and communications consultant in the White House and the U.S. Senate, for a Cabinet-level agency, and on two presidential campaigns, and she received her master's degree and Ph.D. in political communication from the University of Maryland, where she taught communications courses for over a decade. She also holds a bachelor's degree in political science and communication from Boston College.
How Does APPEC Advance PHC's Mission?
Ultimately, APPEC helps advance PHC's mission of developing tomorrow's leaders by equipping students with the education needed to be active and engaged citizens and encouraging them to participate in informed dialogue regarding our nation's most complex problems so that they can be prepared to effectively lead the nation and shape the culture for Christ.
Samuel Bock is the founder and current President of APPEC. He is assisted by Isaac Bock, Vice President, and Samuel Zinkgraf, Treasurer. Dr. Jesse Merriam serves as the faculty sponsor.
"A well informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson
How to Get Involved
APPEC is open to all full and part-time students, regardless of major. If you're interested in joining, please contact Samuel Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org.