Future of Florida Summit
About the Summit

About the Summit

After participating in Harvard’s Institute of Politics National Campaign Conference, six of our students decided they would like to create a similar event at UF but centered on Florida. The idea was to have students from different Florida institutions come together for a weekend of meaningful discussion and deliberation on some of the issues most pressing to their generation. The goals of the Summit for the participants were determined to be:

  • Meet and network with engaged students from around the state
  • Participate in meaningful conversation and debate about a critical public policy issue(s) in higher education in a small group setting
  • Develop a professional and persuasive policy proposal
  • Bring the small group policy proposals to the larger group for debate on their validity
  • Develop a strategy to continue the discussion in order to develop and implement a long-term action plan

While typically held at the University of Florida’s campus, 2021’s summit was held virtually over an online-conferencing platform. We remain committed to gathering students from across the state to explore important issues facing our state through interdisciplinary problem-solving. Participants were able to attend informative breakout sessions on intersectionality & disparities/equity, public health concerns vs. personal rights, innovation, and transparency and affordability. Participants displayed strong collaborative skills, innovative thinking, and a passion for change.

Applications to serve on the Student Organizing Committee for the 2022 Future of Florida Summit on Economic Policy are now open! See the application here.

SUMMIT THEMES

2015 – Online Voter Registration in Florida

2016 – Lobbying and Advocacy

2017 – Constitutional Revision Commission

2018 – Future of Florida’s Environment

2019 – Technology and Public Policy

2020 – Criminal Justice Reform

2021 – Healthcare Policy

2022 – Economic Policy