Students attend Jan. political science seminar in nation’s capital
Five students with outstanding academic records and an interest in political science will participate in a January seminar at The Washington Center examining the state of political discourse in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.
The seminar, “Inauguration 2017: Can We Elevate Political Discourse?” will give students the opportunity to dig into policy issues with national political figures, journalists, advocates and scholars, as well as visit government agencies, embassies and think tanks in and around Washington, D.C. The seminar will run Jan. 8-21, 2017, meaning the students will be in the nation’s capital for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump.
The Washington Center is a non-profit organization that has hosted seminars and other courses about American politics and governance for more than 30 years.
This is the fifth year that Hofstra has sent students to the Washington Center January seminar, thanks in part to scholarships provided by Scott Rechler, chief executive officer and chairman of RXR Realty LLC.
Dr. Meena Bose, PhD, executive dean of public policy and public service programs at the Peter S. Kalikow School and director of Hofstra’s Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, has directed several programs for the Washington Center, and oversaw the student selection process.
Meet the five students who will be participating in the seminar:
- Victoria Buckley ’19, is majoring in political science. She is active in several campus organizations, including the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and Hofstra’s Pride Guide program. Victoria recently was invited to join Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and then work for Congress.
- Bernard Coles ’17, is majoring in sociology and minoring in political science. His research focuses on quantitative methods for examining social justice and social network analysis. He currently is a research assistant for the president of the International Sociological Association (Hofstra sociology professor Margaret Abraham), and is responsible for data entry and analysis as well as for compiling material for literature reviews. After graduation, Bernard will pursue graduate study in sociology and/or statistical analysis.
- Aleena Pasha ’19, is a sophomore majoring in political science and global studies, with a minor in presidential studies. She participates in several campus organizations, including the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, the Roosevelt Institute, and the Student Conduct Board. Last summer she taught American history and current American politics in Poland. After graduation, she plans to attend law school.
- Elena Santo ’19, is majoring in political science and global studies, with minors in economics and philosophy. She is a resident assistant, a member of the National Residency Hall Honorary, and president-elect for Hofstra’s Delta Gamma sorority chapter. A native of Rochester, New York, Elena won one of the student lottery tickets to attend the presidential debate at Hofstra on September 26, 2016. After graduation, she plans to attend law school.
- Jessica Simonelli ’17, is majoring in political science and Spanish. She is one of the founders of the university club Teenage Immigrant Integration Association, which teaches young immigrants in communities around Hofstra to speak English and mentors them in their future endeavors. In Spring 2016, she represented Hofstra at the 56th Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC). After graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps.