ALPHARETTA, GA — DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochrane-Johnson addresses students at the Alpharetta campus of Georgia State University (GSU) to address policy development and the continuing commitment to assessing communities in the formulation of public policy. We talked about need.
In a lecture held today (January 18), Cochran-Johnson encouraged students to actively discuss policy-related issues such as public safety, housing and voting.
Arch Kielly, Professor of Political Science at GSU, said: “My class is made up of students of different genders, races, nationalities, and political views. Prepare physically and socially.”
Discussions included how, why, and where policies are made at the federal, state, and local levels of government. It also includes the politics of policy, home rules, and powers of local jurisdictions to exercise governmental powers delegated by state governments.
Cochran-Johnson said he is excited to discuss democracy and public policy with students.
“As a former professor at the Atlanta Museum of Art, I miss the classroom environment. It’s important to engage in community conversations and help students understand that democracy only works when people participate,” Cochrane said. “True democracy and public policy should reflect communities and their needs. It’s about reflecting what it doesn’t do, so ultimately policies can fall short of their goals depending on a variety of factors.”
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