Hofstra Goes to Washington

Five students with outstanding academic records and keen interest in American politics will participate in a seminar at The Washington Center examining the political and media landscapes following the 2018 midterm elections.

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 seventh year that Hofstra has sent students to the Washington Center January seminar, supported by 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:

Julian Donahue ’19 is a double major in political science and dance, and a double minor in Asian studies and world literature, studying Japanese language, as well as various cross-cultural art forms. Julian used this cross-cultural learning to influence the study of political science, completing an independent study on presidential leadership style and US foreign policy towards China.

Beck Galbraith ’19 is a double major in linguistics and computer science.  A Resident Assistant, Beck is an undergraduate tutor, and serves on the executive board for two of Hofstra’s LGBTQ+ clubs.Beck is also a student representative for the Task Force on Representation in Public Spaces at Hofstra.

Imani Hinson ‘20 is a double major in history and secondary education. Imani serves on the Student Affairs Committee of Hofstra’s University Senate, is a fellow for the Center for Civic Engagement, works with children with disabilities at Life’s WORC company and as an educational technology specialist on-campus. Imani is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, an organization that was founded with a focus on civic engagement.

Talia Kowalski ’20 is a political science major and a general business minor. Talia is a chairperson for Phi Alpha Delta, secretary of the honors cooking club, a member of the rock-climbing club and involved with the Greek Life extension committee and the Pre-Professional Fraternity Council.

Ian Weimer ’19 is a double major in psychology and criminology, and a minor in political science. Ian is a member of the Army ROTC, and will earn a Distinguished Military Graduate and receive his commission as an infantry officer in the Army in May 2019.

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