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Shewit Kidane – POLI Major, Post Minor GradShewit Kidane – POLI Major, Post Minor Grad

Shewit Kidane knows what it means to work hard. Holding multiple jobs at once throughout his time at KPU, he’s found ways to give back, create opportunities, and make a difference for others.

“Maybe it’s a bit idealistic but I wanted to make a change in the world, and I saw political science and policy studies as a way to do that. I wanted to come to class to just listen and have a conversation. My instructors would show me my mistakes, but they would support me. People at KPU care.”

With care in mind, Shewit started his own disposal company with a business partner in 2016—mid way through his arts degree. Recycling as much as possible to keep materials out of landfills, the company also collects furniture that’s provided to refugee families.

“We recycle what we can” he says, “and give away what we can, too. We’ve been able to furnish entire apartments this way.”

Now a graduate of KPU, Shewit hasn’t lost his work ethic or his commitment to creating a better world.

“I like being involved in the community. I like to find solutions.”


Discover how to make change happen through the exciting field of public policy! With a focus on social, economic and environmental sustainability, the Policy Studies Program at KPU equips you with the knowledge, insights, and skills to make a difference in your community and beyond.  

During your studies, you will work with sustainability practitioners on community-based projects. Applied Seminars, a Practicum, and CityLab courses provide real-world situations for you to develop applied skills. At the same time, you will learn about sustainability from the perspective of environmental studies, philosophy, political science, psychology and the field of public policy, leading to a strong and integrated skill set for graduates.  

Successful Policy Studies students are looking for a program of study that challenges them to address critical sustainability problems, such as affordable housing, sustainable urbanization, environmental degradation and the climate emergency. POST students develop the critical and ethical thinking skills necessary to successfully engage with key sustainability issues and societal change.