We caught up with Molly Sir as she completed her Master of Public Policy degree, with a concentration in social policy, in spring 2021. Sir is originally from Nashville, and has lived in the Twin Cities for about 10 years. Before attending the Humphrey School, she worked in client-facing human services positions.
What are your plans after graduation?
I'm looking for full-time roles in social policy research or policy implementation. In the meantime, I am continuing my internship at the National Center for Children in Poverty. I'm particularly excited about a project with Community Change where I am able to use the work from my professional paper on the Child Tax Credit to help them build an online platform for families to estimate their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) related credits and returns. I also want to get more involved in local organizing efforts once my schedule has freed up a bit.
What are your longer-term goals?
I've been impressed with ARPA and feel optimistic about other programs coming out of Washington (refundable tax credits for people with low incomes, paid family and medical leave, affordable childcare, etc). I trust that Minnesota is going to be a leader in implementation and I'd love to be a part of these programs at some level.
Why did you choose to attend the Humphrey School?
I looked at a few different public policy programs to find one with a strong social policy program. I was particularly impressed with the policy centers associated with the Humphrey school. (I dreamed of working with the Future Services Institute!) There are so many great schools but ultimately I wanted to stay connected to communities in the Twin Cities.
What were your most important takeaways from your time at the Humphrey School?
The people make the place! The first time I started chatting with other Humphrey students I knew I was in the right place. Everyone was incredibly passionate, smart, and kind. I feel so lucky to have connected with others who feel committed to making society more equitable and just. We have a long way to go, and the Humphrey School introduced me to folks I know will continue to pave the way.