DC Leadership Program 2019
I spent Spring Break 2019 in DC with thirteen of my fellow WSU Students meeting with the MA congressional delegation to lobby for an expansion of SNAP eligibility to include college students and against the proposed Title IX rollbacks. My involvement in this trip led to a feature in a piece that ran in Worcester Magazine in April. The feature can be found here.
Higher Education Advocacy Day
Shortly after returning from DC, I organized a team of students to go to the State House to lobby for increased higher education funding. We had productive meetings with our General Court members.
In order to shed light on the important work that Worcester State is doing to combat food insecurity, I penned a Letter to the Editor of Worcester Magazine. The op-ed can be found here.
In October, I competed at the International Policy Competition hosted by Yale with three of my fellow Lancers. IPC combined elements of a model UN with the time crunch of a hackathon: we were given a prompt and in twelve hours had to prepare a policy proposal and memo. The next day, we presented our project to a panel of judges. We placed somewhere within the top 1/3 of 90+ schools, despite being one of fewer than five state schools in attendance.
Our project and memo can be found below:
The Chinese Legal System
In the Spring of my Freshman Year of college, I presented on the failures of the Chinese Legal System at Worcester State’s Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. My presentation– both powerpoint and script, and the paper they were based on, can be found below.
Powerpoint: The Chinese Legal System Presentation
Script: The Chinese Legal System
Last semester, I was required to complete a “Citizen Project” for Dr. Hangen’s HI/PO 320: “Citizen Nation” course. This course was an upper-level requirem which examined what exactly citizenship meant. For my project, I chose to delve into the Insular Cases, which determined that those under US rule did not automatically receive citizenship, and how the public at the time responded to this.
Our final report can be read here.
Read more about my findings here.
Up to Us
Last semester, I participated in a program intended to raise youth awareness of the national debt. The program, aptly named “Up to Us” uses student creativity to raise awareness around students regarding an issue that is likely to impact us in our lifetimes.