Building on the past EPU Policy Scholars program, in 2022 EPU launched a Policy Advisors program that seeks to bring in more talent to help advance public policy. After receiving more than 400 applications, EPU selected five Senior Policy Advisors to help shape advocacy, outreach, and policy development as we create a more just, equitable, and inclusive South. Under the direction of EPU’s Director of Policy, the Advisors provide research, analysis, technical assistance, policy development, and other resources that encourage actionable steps to accelerate positive change. In their first year, the policy advisors provided research and analysis to our Cohort 2 Fellows of state legislators on policy trends and examples for their equity projects, including research on menstrual equity, HBCU initiatives related to entrepreneurship, and both federal and state initiatives concerning the implementation of light rail systems.
The Advisors are also working on broader tools related to equity, such as a racial equity policy framework and a toolkit on the legislative process and where citizens fit into that process in preparation for the 2023 state legislative sessions.