Suffolk University President Margaret McKenna recently spoke to legislators at the Massachusetts State House, telling them: “We are interested in being part of the dialogue and the solution to public policy issues.”

McKenna, a civil rights lawyer by training who has worked in government and higher education, said that the juxtaposition of the resources of the University with state and city government offers robust opportunities for exploring how public policy can solve people’s problems.

“Public officials, universities and government, working together, can actually make things happen today,” she said. “We’re here, and we’re available. We’re interested in the issues you’re interested in, and we want you to come to us for research, for internships.”