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Tatenda Mabikacheche (MPP ’21) grew up in Zimbabwe during a period of incredible economic instability. What she’s learned during her time at Batten, she said, can help her country rebuild.

Rachel Walet

From UVA history to education in prisons, Batten student Rachel Walet (MPP ‘21) is unafraid to tackle tough issues.


The Navy Federal Credit Union has selected Batten student Jacob Shapero (MPP '21) as one of four Army ROTC All-Americans nationwide.

Washington DC

One of the most prestigious programs for graduate students and alumni interested in public service, the fellowship affords recipients two years of experience and training at a federal agency.


When she left Charlottesville for the summer, MPP student Nora Neus had no idea how much a Batten education would help her in the workplace.


The University of Virginia will launch one of its largest interdisciplinary degree programs to date this month. The new entrepreneurship minor is open to all undergraduate students and represents a strategic collaboration between multiple schools.


Working with a team of colleagues, 4th-year Batten student Emmanuel Agyemang-Dua established the 21st Century Citizens Initiative (21st CCI), whose aim it is to help Ghanaian youth embrace technology and become more involved in local policy issues and their creation.

Angelina & Whitney

For two incoming MPP students and returned Peace Corps volunteers it was an experience that has positively shaped who they are today.


I am extremely interested in poverty in relation to demographics, and specifically in areas where black Americans have migrated in order to start and build families that have been torn down by police.


Batten has given me the analytical tools to test and prove facts that were previously only hunches—and disprove many more.