About the Straayer Center
The Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership provides public-service oriented professional development opportunities for students; facilitates applied research on policy issues and governance processes linking academics and practitioners; and provides thought leadership on public issues through University and Community partners. The Center will have three main areas of activity:
Student Experience & Experiential Learning
- Connects students to internships and professional development opportunities in local, state, and federal government, as well as community non-profits, international development, law, and more.
- Develops stronger linkages to federal agencies and elected officials, including the addition of a Washington DC semester for CSU students.
- Facilitates the creation of a practitioner-in-residence program and provides opportunities for guest speakers in class.
Applied Research & Practical Application
- Enhances class-based and service-learning projects by working directly with public sector partners.
- Coordinates and conducts applied research and policy analysis with public sector and university partners.
Community Outreach & University Engagement
- Serves as a conduit for governmental and public sector partners to access university resources.
- Works with university and community partners in developing workshops, lectures, and keynotes on relevant public issues.
About John Straayer
For over 50 years, John Straayer has been a fixture in the political science classrooms and lecture halls at Colorado State University and in the hallways at the Colorado State Capitol. He exemplifies the ideals of the scholar-teach-civic servant and is deeply committed to the ideals of academic freedom and shared governance as a foundation of a university’s excellence and the advancement of civil society in America.
Our goal is to honor John’s commitment to teaching, research and outreach activities designed to prepare future leaders for roles in public service and to serve the citizens of Colorado, the United States and the world. The Center will provide high impact experiences for CSU students; increase CSU’s visibility in the State of Colorado and Washington, DC; and strengthen CSU’s relations with state and local government officials as well private sector partners.
Please contact Sam Houghteling for more information. Straayer Center: (970) 219-4656.
Sam is a high energy, creative, and enterprising leader who is passionate about collaborative problem solving and leading outcome orientated project teams. Prior to joining the Straayer Center at Colorado State University, Sam worked with the City of Fort Collins, and was active with a number of community organizations and initiatives. Prior to moving to Colorado, Sam received his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and served as a Director of a Massachusetts-based non-profit.