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Political Capital

Five students with outstanding academic records and an interest in American politics will participate in a seminar at The Washington Center examining the first year of the Trump administration, the impact of Twitter on media coverage and how protests are influencing political and social movements in the U.S.

The seminar, “Media, Politics, and Advocacy Redefined”, will give students access to journalists, advocates and scholars as they explore the volatile political, media and social landscape ahead of the 2018 midterm congressional elections. The two-week January seminar also includes visits to government agencies, embassies and think tanks.

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 sixth 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 the 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:

  • Manmeet Kaur Nijjer ’20 is a criminology/ public policy and public service major, with a minor in philosophy of law. She is chief justice of the Student Government Association, events manager for the South Asian Students Association, and the upcoming president for a dance team she has founded. Manmeet was recently invited to join Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. After graduation, Manmeet plans to pursue a career in counter-terrorism, by means of law school or graduate studies.
  • Emma Rossetti ’20 is a global studies and geography/public policy and public service major. She is involved in campus organizations such as Get Global and Sustainability Studies. After spending the summer of 2017 working with refugees, Emma is very interested in immigration policy, and she plans to work at an NGO after graduation.
  • Carissa Ramirez ’19 is a political science major who is involved in Hofstra’s Student Government Association and University Senate, where she is working on an initiative to change Title IX reporting policies. Carissa plans to go on to graduate school.
  • Abigail Reid ’19 is from Kingston, Jamaica. A philosophy major with a minor in creative writing, she is very active on campus. Abigail is former president of the Caribbean Students Association, and current president of the Kappa Phi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Hofstra’s first sorority for people of color and first multicultural organization. She also is a member of the Student Conduct Board, the Student Advisory Council, and the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity pre-law organization.  After college, she plans to attend law school.
  •  Yurui Xie ’19 is a political science/public policy and public service major, with a minor in philosophy of law. She is a research assistant in political science, a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, a member of Hofstra’s Honors College, and the founder of a major Model United Nations conference in her hometown, Chongqing, China. After graduation, Yurui plans to pursue graduate study in international relations.


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