Juneteenth with red, green, and yellow flower petal graphic

Nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln, the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas were informed of their freedom. The celebration that followed this significant day in Galveston, sometimes called “Emancipation Day,” has now become the day we recognize as the end of legal slavery in the United States.

team ppmc is growing

The Public Policy & Management Center (PPMC) at Wichita State University welcomes Monique Garcia, Corinthian Kelly, and Kate Young as new Team PPMC staff members. The PPMC is thrilled to expand resources and capabilities with these exceptional professionals.

meet team ppmc: corinthian kelly

Meet our new team member, Corinthian Kelly! Corinthian is a Program Manager in Community Initiatives and will focus on public and social service programs. Corinthian has a bachelor’s degree in Public and Urban Affairs with a minor in Leadership Studies from Virginia Tech, along with graduate certificates in City and County Management, Public Finance, and Nonprofit Management from WSU. After obtaining his Master of Public Administration from WSU, Corinthian completed a postgraduate fellowship with the Sedgwick County Manager’s Office.


Mental health is something that is close to my heart, personally, and to the mission of the PPMC. In addition to May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve experienced two years of a global pandemic – discussing mental health awareness and support is at the forefront now more than ever.

woman sitting by mural that says what you do matters

As we find ourselves nearly halfway through 2022, it can be easy to look back on the past few years and focus on everything that has made life difficult: an ongoing pandemic, political division, and global conflicts. While these are important issues to address, I find so many reasons to be filled with hope amid the chaos—and nearly all of those reasons are connected to public servants.

professional development trainer

Last year, the PPMC delivered research on attracting and retaining talent. The key result was most organizations across the country are facing a talent shortage; government organizations are feeling that shortage at a higher level due to difficulty attracting and retaining staff. Organizations need more creative approaches to traditional benefits. There are many reports that have coined the phrase the “great resignation,” which refers to the large number of baby boomers who have retired over the last two years: approximately 23 million (Fry, 2020).

celebrate public service

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) has been celebrated during the first week of May since 1985. During this week, we take extra time to honor the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local, and tribal government employees. More so, we take time to thank all of you that give back to the “greater good” through volunteerism, financial support, and active engagement in civic life.

recovery connect for individuals

This blog is the second in our three-part series explaining how Recovery Connect can help you. Today’s blog walks you through how to get assistance as an individual.

a picture of wheat next to a picture of a beach

Sometimes things just don’t work out like you thought they would. Two weeks ago, my family and I planned to spend a week in Florida with sun, sand, and simplicity. Our flights were booked, our bags were packed, and we jetted off to… nowhere.

Wichita Collective Impact, Cargill, YMCA, United Way, PPMC, and Wichita Public Schools

Leaders from Wichita’s nonprofit and education communities today announced a Wichita Collective Impact collaboration that will increase education success and workforce readiness in Wichita. Funded through a $2 million gift from Wichita-based Cargill Protein North America, the three-year initiative will be jointly led by the Greater Wichita YMCA, United Way of the Plains, the Public Policy & Management Center at Wichita State University and Wichita Public Schools, targeting a summer start date.