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Analyzing Public Policy and Making a Difference: Tranise Garland C'13

Generating Solutions to some of Maryland’s Most Critical Issues

Tranise Garland, C’13, an International Studies major and Spanish minor, offered her ideas for change in the Governor’s Summer Internship Program.

She stepped into the room feeling nervous. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, his staff, and the internship mentors gave Tranise their full attention. Tranise presented a policy paper she co-authored, “From Adversity to University” addressing the Governor’s goal to improve school, college and career readiness by 25% by 2015. She came up with an integrated plan, including offering a mentorship program between high school and successful college students, and in-class seminars detailing the steps about applying and going to college.

Tranise first found out about the Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP) through two of her Mount International Studies professors, Dr. Amanda Beal and Dr. Kristen Urban. One of her classmates, Megan Zoumaya had also participated in the program. Tranise was selected to participate in the highly competitive GSIP and was placed to work for ten weeks in the Citizen’s Review Board for Children (CRBC) in Baltimore, MD. This agency works to review foster care cases in MD to ensure that foster care children are getting accurate amount of resources and attention needed from the Department of Social Services.

Tranise hopes that this internship would move her one step further in her future plans after graduation. She wants to attend law school and possibly work in public policy, lobbying, or negotiations.

Writing a policy paper was one part of Tranise’s internship. She also assisted in researching child abuse policy in other states on "differential response" for the Director of CRBC. Differential response, also known as alternative response, is a new tool being utilized in Child Protective Service agencies in which they use both traditional investigations and alternative assessments for families reported of child abuse. This “differential response” is instrumental in identifying if abuse and neglect is occurring, or if other methods of assistance or education are needed.

Tranise’s favorite part of the internship: “sharing her ideas with others.” Tranise had the opportunity to do extensive research on topics concerning Maryland and then offer ideas about how to solve them. And Tranise had many opportunities to share those ideas, including in front of the Governor. She may have been nervous at first, but Tranise walked away with a sense of accomplishment.

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