IPC IS ONE OF TWO MAJOR ANNUAL IVY COUNCIL CONFERENCES
The Ivy Policy Conference (IPC) is an annual conference hosted every spring by the Ivy Council. IPC emphasizes in-depth, candid conversation on public policy solutions to the social, intellectual, political, and cultural issues facing today’s college students. Ivy League schools take turns hosting IPC on their respective campuses.
April 20 - 22, 2018
Thought leaders across industries
Susan Herman has been the President of the American Civil Liberties Union since 2008.The ACLU has won many high-profile civil rights cases, including Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that secured same-sex marriage rights.
Daniel Merson Kammen is a Distinguished Professor of Energy at UC Berkeley and a former climate Science Envoy for the State Department. He holds a dual appointment at the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman School of Public Policy.
John Bonifaz is an Amherst-based attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the President and Co-Founder of Free Speech for People. He is also the founder of the National Voting Rights Institute.
The Ivy Council hosts semi-annual conferences where student leaders gather to research and seek solutions to issues of the day at their schools, across the Ivy League, or to student populations as a whole. Recent issue topics have included affirmative action in admissions, post-season football, the drug-free provisions in higher education legislation, climate neutrality and fuel emissions. Ivy Council Conferences are important learning experiences for everyone who attends. Each gets to enjoy the vastly different physical environments of the host schools, while taking from the depth of expertise that is shared among participants.
Delegates and observers arrive at the Conference site on Friday night. A grand gathering takes place at the opening. The weekend that follows provides more formalized events that encourage the sharing of ideas, while providing social events to help build lasting relationships. On Saturday, the attendees get down to business, spending many hours in discussion sections. Topics are determined in advance by the Steering Committee; past topics have covered a wide range of issues facing higher education, including academic affairs, alcohol use and abuse and socially aware university investment and divestment. Each school comes prepared with researched information about how each issue is addressed on its campus. All benefit from hearing other perspectives and new ideas; solutions are developed as a result. Session minutes are combined with that background information and a conference booklet is created and distributed to each delegation. This provides each student government with a tool for further addressing the issues discussed.
Conference materials are posted online in the Student Government Forum and Policy Database to encourage further discussion and archived information sharing. Such documents are accessible to all Ivy League students, not just Ivy student government leaders and members.
IPC 2016 at UPenn