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USD Students Attending Inauguration Academic Seminar in Washington D.C.

Eleven USD students and two USD faculty members are in Washington D.C. for the 2017 Inauguration Academic Seminar, hosted by The Washington Center.Eleven USD students and two USD faculty members are in Washington D.C. for the 2017 Inauguration Academic Seminar, hosted by The Washington Center.

Eleven students and two faculty members from the University of San Diego have been in Washington, D.C. since Jan. 9 for the ninth annual Inauguration 2017 Academic Seminar, which runs through Saturday, Jan. 21 at The Washington Center. This year’s theme, “Elevating Political Discourse,” is particularly relevant given the contentious nature of the presidential campaign in 2016.

More than 320 students from 60 colleges and universities are attending the two-week seminar. Students are taking part in daily interactive programming, including guest lectures, small group discussions and budget/policy simulations. Following programming, students use the afternoons to meet in groups with faculty leaders, partake in site visits to thought leadership organizations and visit popular D.C. attractions.

“Seminar participants have an opportunity to witness the most important event in our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power,” The Washington Center President Chris Norton said. “I think our conversations during this seminar will have a multiplier effect on participants, who will continue this discourse at their institutions, in their careers and in their communities.”

The inauguration academic seminar is the final installment of a three-part campaign 2016 academic seminar series at The Washington Center. Many students also took part in the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

Since 1985, thousands of students have attended the Inauguration seminar. To date, it remains the only national academic program of its kind and size. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The Washington Center, which was established in 1975, has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world.

The USD student group consists entirely of undergraduate students — Mary Berset, Jennifer Givens, Susannah Jennings, Riley Nork, Scott Develle, Brooke Dippo-Foderaro, James Hussey, Owen Lewis, Patrick Moore, Elizabeth Rivette and Sara Zamanian. The USD professors present are Del Dickson and Mike Williams, both of whom are from USD’s Political Science and International Relations Department. The students’ majors vary, from political science and international relations to business, communication studies, environmental studies and English. A few are also still undecided.

Givens and Dippo-Foderaro, Williams said, have media passes and have had special access. The two students attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention through the Washington Center program and they’ll be at Friday’s presidential inauguration in a media capacity as well, working for Talk Media News, the same organization they worked with at the DNC.

Reflections from USD students attending the inauguration seminar will be posted on the USD Magazine + website next week.

Photo courtesy of The Washington Center

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