How to Achieve Social Change Through Governments

November 18, 2020
Jason Furman, Jorrit de Jong, Wendy Sherman

In the second Dean’s Discussion of the fall, HKS faculty shared insights about successes—and failures—from their own experiences to examine what role government can play in achieving social change.  Wendy Sherman, who served as under-secretary of state for political affairs in the Obama administration and is now a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership, emphasized that change for good can happen through our elected officials.  “It takes leadership, courage, a use of power for social good, persistence and working with a team,” she said.  “I worked with then Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski to help change the National Institute of Health rules on medical studies, to include women as well as men. And we have all seen the disparities and comorbidities in COVID-19 that exist in our country now, so change like can make a difference.”

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