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Student Profile: Christy Chan
Public Policy master's student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
I'm currently in the Master's of Public Policy program, concentrating in environmental, food, and social policy. I am originally from Calgary, Alberta, and graduated from the University of Calgary with a major in Sociology and a minor in Development Studies. I developed my interest in climate change and its effects on our food system throughout my undergrad. I knew policy work was the route for me to create greater change.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
Many of my values and future goals align with SFU's mission and culture. SFU is deeply involved and committed to sustainability and its emphasis on climate action, which was my main attraction. Additionally, SFU's MPP program is highly acclaimed for incorporating Co-op opportunities into its program and provides students technical skills for future policy work.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
My research is on policies to help food insecure communities and strengthen local food systems.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I enjoy the interpersonal conversations and connections with professors in my faculty. These connections were rare during my undergrad, so I very much appreciate the care and support from my professors.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
I received the Graduate Fellowship for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022; both awards allowed me to focus on my research and studies while maintaining a school-life balance.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?
The Master of Public Policy program at SFU provides valuable and practical skills for anyone interested in policy work. The program provides opportunities to connect with people within different policy fields through Co-ops, policy spotlights, etc.