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November 20, 2019 - World Affairs Council

US-Mexican Relations: Critical Problems; Few Solutions. Alex M. Saragoza, Professor of History Emeritus. Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley.

Three principal issues vex the current relationship between Mexico and the United States.  The new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement has been ratified by Mexico and Canada, but still awaits formal approval.  "El Chapo" is in prison, but illegal drugs from Mexico still pour into the US through a variety of channels, even via submarine.  Mexico's new left-of-center, populist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has won cautious approval from the White House for stemming the flow if illegal immigrants toward the border, but faces intense opposition on this issue from an overwhelming proportion of Mexicans, who strongly dislike President Trump.

See the World Affairs Council Flyer for program schedule and reservation details.

October 16, 2019 - World Affairs Council

Africa Takes Center Stage. Retired Air Force Officer and International Counter-Terrorism specialist Paul Clarke will discuss Africa's center stage position in world affairs, due to its vast natural resources and rapidly expanding population, and as a safe haven for terrorists. Clarke served on the National Security Council Staff as a White House spokesperson. He has led counter-terrorism and defense projects around the world, most recently focusing on Africa.  For more information and to register, download the WAC Flyer.

May 2, 2019

New York Times columnist, journalist, and best selling author, David Brooks at Dominican to discuss his latest book:The Second Mountain

David Brooks is a New York Times columnist, journalist, author of numerous books, who has an uncanny ability to engage people in thoughtful conversations about society, human nature, and the role each of us can play in creating a better world.

March 21, 2019 - World Affairs Council

Dorothy Ngutter, a 16+ year veteran with the State Department, discusses how the Foreign Service promotes US policy objectives overseas in her talk "The Role of the Foreign Service in Confronting Global Challenges". She addresses State Department's efforts to recruit the next generation of diplomats as recruitment is one of her duties as Diplomat in Residence at UC Berkeley.  

February 26, 2019 - World Affairs Council

Dr Thomas Fingar, current Shorenstein Fellow in International Studies and former chairman of the National Intelligence Council and Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research will give a talk entitled "China's Future: Soaring Ambitions; Daunting Challenges." Dr. Fingar has written and edited several publications on Chinese affairs and intelligence analysis and has recently returned from an extended sabbatical in Beijing.

December 6, 2019 - World Affairs Council

Venezuela is in political turmoil and economic decline. Both Washington and the American media place the blame for this ongoing crisis almost solely on the two decades of leftist government which began with the election of Hugo Chavez Frias in 1998. However, while current President Nicolas Maduro and his administration have made grave errors, the origins of Venezuela’s problems have deep and complex historical roots. Venezuela has depended on oil exports to fuel its economy and, like other oil-rich countries, is suffering the problems associated with this “resource curse.” Efforts to reform and bring social change to the country’s lagging agricultural sector have fallen well short of their goals.

Laura Enriquez is a sociologist who has conducted research on agrarian reform in several Latin American countries, most recently in Venezuela. She has published several articles on the process of social change in Venezuela, as well as three books on agrarian issues elsewhere in Latin America. Her current research is focused on emigration from Latin America to Europe.

Political Science majors meet former HUD Secretary and Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro

Julian Castro

Political Science majors meet former HUD Secretary and Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and HUD Secretary during the Obama Administration, was on campus to talk about his new book and some of the political science majors had an opportunity to meet him after the lecture. Castro shared thoughts about his background, public service, and the importance of education.


November 15, 2018 - World Affairs Council

Germany, once reviled as the world’s greatest threat to democratic values, is now widely seen as the leading standard bearer for the future of liberal ideals. But can Germany live up to the lofty status assigned her? David Clay Large is regarded by many as America’s foremost historian of modern Germany. His works include “Berlin,” a massive history of the German capital, “Where Ghosts Walked: Munich’s Road to the Third Reich,” and “Nazi Games,” a much acclaimed study of the 1936 Olympics. He recently returned from Germany, where he was collecting material for a new book on Bavaria and Saxony.

Students from the Campaigns and Elections Class Attended the John Kerry Lecture

John Kerry Event

The first speaker for the Institute for Leadership Studies Lecture series this fall was former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator John Kerry. Kerry was on campus to discuss his new book Every Day is Extra and was interviewed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

October 18, 2018 - World Affairs Council

Mark Ward, a retired Foreign Service Officer and Lecturer at Jackson School of International Studies, will present his experience as co-chair, with a Russian diplomat, of a 25-nation task force working to distribute humanitarian aid in Syria during the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations. Mark was stationed for four years on the Turkish-Syrian border, served in Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Libya, and from 2010-2011 headed USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Mark Ward retired in 2017 with the rank of Career Minister, and will be speaking about his experience Dominican. 

September 20, 2018 - World Affairs Council 

The Aral Sea, once the world's fourth largest lake, is now a desert. Across the globe, population growth and higher incomes are increasing the demand for water, while climate change, pollution, and waste are steadily diminishing supply. Ashok Subramanian, a graduate of Princeton University, has worked as a water resources management specialist at the World Bank and other international agencies for 25 years. He is the co-author of Reaching Across the Waters: Facing the Risks of Cooperation in International Waters (The World Bank; 2012) and will be addressing the issues of the earth's dwindling water supply.

Hello from Brno Dominican University study abroad, Political Science and International Relations

Liv Salinger (Junior, Political Science) is the first Dominican student to study in the Czech Republic and she sent a note recently: “Hello from Brno! I’ve been in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic and two hours from Prague, for three months now. Masaryk University offers a wide range of classes for students studying International Relations and other social sciences. I have been able to take two graduate-level classes here. One being a Religion and Identity class, described as an extensive analysis of world religions and how they shape identities that influence and are influenced by international politics. I’ve gained a lot of in-depth knowledge on specific issues, such as the democratic transition in Indonesia and the humanitarian intervention in Haiti. I've met people from all over the world and feel so fortunate for this opportunity. I'm looking forward to more adventures during the next several weeks but also coming home to family, friends and familiar faces - until then hezký den!"

History Students Presented at the 2018 NCUR Conference 

Senior, Lexi Schumacher, Sophomore, Monica Berry, and Senior, Dominic Supple presented their research at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in April 2018. Their projects were diverse and interesting with topics ranging from the origins of Bay Area Hip Hop to the Suez Crisis and US policy, to Ovid's influence on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

April 19, 2018 - World Affairs Council 

Recent advances in military technology are forcing governments to impose tight controls on of sensitive weapons-related information. New weaponry can be developed cheaply, and is therefore available to a broad range of state and non-state actors. Andrew Reddie’s current research, conducted with nuclear weapons-related working groups at Berkeley and the Center for Global Security Research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, addresses the issues regarding international security policy in this age of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and robotics. Mr. Reddie earned Master of Philosophy degrees at both Berkeley and Oxford.

March 22, 2018 - World Affairs Council 

 The Cultural Tactics of Polish Populism. Using Poland as the example, Pawel Koscielny, PhD candidate, Dept of History, UC Berkeley, will discuss how illiberalism was able to develop in a thriving European society in his talk "The Cultural Tactics of Polish Populism: A Case Study in Europe's Swing to the Right", on Thursday, March 22 in the Creekside Room. More information about the discussion and evening can be found here.

World Affairs Council Announces February 22 Program at Dominican

Philip Yun, a recognized expert on North Korea, Senior advisor to the State Dept during the Clinton administration, and current Executive Director and COO of Ploughshares Fund, will address the escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula on Thurs, Feb 22.  He will talk about why North Korea wants nuclear weapons; how capable they are; the potential consequences of the US President having the authority to launch a nuclear strike;  and the role diplomacy can play in resolving the situation. More information can be found here about the evening.

World Affairs Council Announces January 25 Program at Dominican

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, Lucas Guttentag, professor of the Practice of Law at Stanford University and founder and former director of the Immigrants Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union,will talk about the legal and moral issues raise by the Trump administrations's position on immigration policy: How should we evaluate it? And what would positive immigration reform look like? Details regarding the January 25 program can be found here.

World Affairs Council Announces Program Dates for Spring 2018 at Dominican

The World Affairs Council has announced the program dates for the Spring 2018 season. Please look for details of each month's program on this page, which will include additional information about the speaker and details for making a reservation. The Spring 2018 dates are: January 25, February 22, March 22 and April 19. All meetings take place on the Dominican University campus in Caleruega Dining Hall, Creekside Room, Magnolia at Palm Avenue, in San Rafael.

World Affairs Council Announces December 7 Program at Dominican

In Putin's Russia, a new ideology has emerged: Eurasianism. The significance of the term “Eurasian” has changed a good deal, but it still suggests strategic rivalry.  David I. L. Beecher teaches history  and political economy in UC Berkeley’s Global Studies program. Dr. Beecher will discuss how it's being used both as a nationalistic ideology and as a form of resistance against American globalization. Detailed information about the December 7 event can be found here. 

Penguin Invitational Debate Tournament

Dominican University hosted its 3rd Penguin Invitational Debate Tournament the weekend of November 4th & 5th, attracting teams from UC Berkeley, Los Medanos, Humboldt State, Pepperdine, Claremont, Cal Poly, Northwest, University of Mississippi, and the University of Miami. In all, 72 debaters and 36 judges participated. Dominican students Samantha Hunt and Hallie Balch ran the Tab Room, which organized and compiled data from the 6 preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds. 

Our Dominican teams made a good showing, with the novice team of Allison Kustic and Kayla Robinson most notably finishing 20th out of 36 after 6 rounds, with speaker scores of 51 & 52 out of 72 respectively. Dominican Debate Coach and Program Director Christian Dean is hoping to send teams the the Steeltown Invitational at Los Medanos in February (3rd & 4th) and the Gillespie Invitational at Northwest University in Kirkland Washington in April.

World Affairs Council Announces November 16 Program at Dominican

On Thursday, November 16, 2017 Sawan Morrer, a winner of an Ambassador Chris Stevens scholarship and a graduate student at UC Berkeley's school of journalism, will speak of her experience in Jerusalem this summer during the crisis at the Al Aqsa mosque when the Israelis installed metal detectors, and of her subsequent interviews with Palestinians about their reactions. Learn more about November 16 World Affairs Council evening.

World Affairs Council Announces October 26 Program at Dominican

Herb Behrstock, a retired senior executive, UNDP, will discuss the relationship of the Trump administration with the UN. While it would seem that UN activities are in the US interest, US contributions to peacekeeping are being cut. Congress is considering reducing or eliminating funding f9r UNICEF, UNDP and other UN departments. So, do we need the UN? Please join us for this topical program, find more information about the October 26 program.

National Voter Registration Day, September 26

Political Science, Dominican University, voter registration, international studies, political science major, volunteer.Political Science and History students helped their classmates to register to vote on National Voter Registration Day. The day is observed on the fourth Tuesday ofPolitical Science, Dominican University, voter registration, international studies, political science major, volunteer. September. Across the country, volunteers help citizens sign up for election reminders, check their registration online, get mail ballots, learn about early voting and more. Dominican's Political Science students have been involved since National Voter Registration Day's inception in 2012.


Alison Howard, Chair and Assistant Professor Named Faculty Club Advisor for 2017

Students, clubs, and faculty were honored this year for the Inaugural Penguin Leadership Award. Student created the award to recognize the hard work and dedication of committed students and faculty for their involvement with campus student clubs. Alison is the advisor to the Dominican Political Science Student Association and Dominican's chapter of IGNITE. The following comments were made at the ceremony: 

"Alison has done an amazing job at supporting students and their leadership and personal development. She supports all club activities by attending all events and participating in the planning process. She continuously takes time out of busy day to offer to help students by picking up food or supplies for an event. She has also been one of the few advisors that take an active role in mentoring student leaders, and performing tasks such as reserving rooms that our office normally does for other clubs. Students talk about her with much love and appreciation for her help with club activities, academic and personal support." Read the full story here.

World Affairs Council Announces September 21 Program at Dominican

Dr. Koenig observes that the election of Donald Trump as President has fundamentally altered the way the United States relates to the rest of the world. In turning away from multilateral engagement to a nationalistic approach based on American interests, the implications are clear that the United States is also fundamentally altering the values of freedom, dignity and the way people are treated. At Berkeley Law, Dr. Koenig teaches courses on international  human rights, international criminal law, and directs the Human Rights Investigations Laboratory. Please join us for the first World Affairs Council meeting of the 2017 Fall semester.  Complete information regarding the September 21 meeting can be found here.


Senior Political Science and Communication major Hallie Balch Spending the Summer as a McCarthy Fellow in Sacramento Political Science, Internship, Sacramento, California government, Assembly republican caucus, Legislative Analyst

Hallie has always been interested in state government and this summer she is participating in the USF McCarthy Fellows Summer Internship program in Sacramento. Hallie is interning with the Assembly Republican Caucus and she chose this placement because she hopes to pursue a career as a legislative analyst after she graduates. This internship is the perfect opportunity for her to learn more about the legislative process and how bills are drafted and analyzed. On her first day on the floor she met Assemblyman Ken Cooley, (District 8) and he gave her his pin (and a brief history lesson). We look forward to hearing more about her experience throughout the summer!

World Affairs Council Announces May 18 Program at Dominican

Former bureau chief and war correspondent for Time magazine, Tim McGirk, who has reported on fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kurdistan, Sri Lanka and Gaza, will speak on the prospects for and the challenges to peace in Afghanistan and the hazards he and other journalists face as war correspondents.  McGirk won the Foreign Press Association's 2006 Print Story of the Year award. Read more about the May 18 program.

Sayra Trejo Selected for the 2017 Leon and Sylvia Panetta Congressional Internship in Washington, DC

We are thrilled to announce that senior Sayra Trejo (Political Science and Communication double major) will be heading to Washington, DC this fall to participate in the Panetta Institute's Congressional Internship Program.  Sayra will spend the fall semester interning for a member of the California delegation. As a Panetta intern she will be able to continue her commitment to public service along with her interest in public policy and government. We know she will have an amazing experience and will represent Dominican well. We look forward to hearing about it upon her return!

Summer Internship with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

David Nguyen (Junior, Political Science major) won't be just hanging out at the beach this summer when he returns to his hometown of Honolulu. David accepted a summer internship position in the Honolulu office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's 2nd district.  He has interned with State Senator Mike McGuire in his San Rafael office for the past year and will be able to continue his interest in public policy and public service with this new opportunity.

Model UN Far West: Team Senegal wins the Slanczka Art and Practice of Diplomacy AwardSlanczka Art and Practice of Diplomacy Award, Far West Model UN Conference

This weekend, three delegations from Dominican traveled to San Francisco to compete in the 67th Model United Nations Far West Conference. At the Conference, our delegations spent five days contributing to various resolutions concerning climate change, human security, nuclear nonproliferation, and international development representing Senegal, Spain, and Uruguay, respectively. Our three delegations also had representatives in the UN Security Council, UN General Assembly, the World Health Organization, UNEP, First Committee, and the UNHCR. The delegations were led by their able Permanent Representatives: Tegist Worku, Joshua Rosenberg, and David Enriquez. The delegations were also delighted to return to campus with the Slanczka Art and Practice of Diplomacy Award (Senegal). Well done, Team!

Update From Memphis: Students Presented their research at NCUR and Seeing the Sites

Political Science and History Seniors Katie Koyfman, Autymn Garvisch, Chris Suen, Samantha Maciel, and Destiny Reyes presented their senior theses at NCUR's annual conference. They had a fantastic experience and were also able to see some of the sites in Memphis! We are so proud of all of them!

NCUR, Political Science presentation, History presentation, Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TNHistory and Political Science seniors Katie Koyfman, Samantha Maciel, Autymn Garvisch, Chris Suen, and Destiny Reyes pause for a photo op while visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

NCUR, Presentation, Memphis, TN, Political Science, International Studies, HistoryPolitical Science and History seniors Destiny Reyes, Chris Suen, Katie Koyfman and Autymn Garvisch visit Scates Hall while in Memphis, TN to present their senior theses at the 2017 NCUR (National Council on Undergraduate Research) Conference. The Council on Undergraduate Research is strongly committed to the wide expression of all forms and topics of undergraduate research, by all members of the undergraduate research community


World Affairs Council Announces April 20 Program at Dominican

Sheldon Rothblatt, former chair of the History Department at UC Berkeley and Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education with a specialty in Modern British History, will discuss the pending British exit from the European Union (Brexit). The significance of Brexit generates a host of questions that will be identified and discussed on Thursday, April 20 at the Creekside Room. Read more about the April 20 WAC program.

The National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, Welcome 2017 Inductees

The National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta welcomed 2017 inductees on March 29th.

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of political science in the United States. Its purpose is to recognize and promote high academic achievement in the field of political science. There are over 700 local chapters and more than 13,000 members. 

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters. 

(Prof. Jordan Leiser, Sr. Patricia Dougherty, Autymn Garvisch, Samantha Hunt, Cynthia Smith, Sierra Najolia,inductees_2017_history.pol sci Jocelyn Moreno, Erika Rosales-Shelfo, Jennesica Holliday, Prof. Cynthia Taylor and Prof.Alison Howard).

World Affairs Council Announces March 22 Program at Dominican

On March 22 in the Creekside Room, Rajasvini Bhansali, executive director of the International Development Exchange (IDEX), in a talk titled Fostering Grass Roots Development: Building Prosperity in the Third World, will discuss IDEX's partnerships with local organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America which identify and address solutions to community problems stemming from climate change, poverty and famine in sustainable, environmentally-friendly ways, ways which have also created leadership roles for women and increased the resources, autonomy and power of the communities.  See flyer for further details.

Sydney Lewis (Class of 2013) Hired as a Staff Assistant for Senator Kamala Harris 

Sydney Lewis was hired by newly elected California Senator Kamala Harris as a Staff Assistant and Director of the state-wide internship program for the Sacramento Office. Prior to becoming part of Harris's staff Sydney worked for Senator Barbara Boxer and was a Leon and Sylvia Panetta congressional intern in 2012. Her experience in Boxer's office and as a congressional intern helped her land her new job. She has been a valuable resource for the office---they have had a lot of questions about the staffing, constituents, and day-to-day operations. We are thrilled that Sydney is going to be able to continue working for the US Senate!


World Affairs Council Announces February 22 Program at Dominican

James Russell, Associate professor, Department of National Security Affairs, at the Naval Postgraduate School will present the implications of the challenges to the Saudi State for US foreign policy and military strategy.  As Saudi Arabia struggles to overcome a series of political, environmental and strategic challenges and put into place much needed economic and social reforms, both the US and Saudi are questioning whether their relationship can survive in its traditional form. More details about the February Program.

Political Science Student Inspired by The Washington Center Internship 

Supportive Political Science professors at Dominican laid the foundation for Samantha Maciel ’17 last Political Science major, Washington Intern The Chwat Group, Washington Center, Political Science internshipsemester to serve in a rewarding and enriching internship with The Washington Center in Washington D.C.

Samantha spent four months as an analyst and research assistant with The Chwat Group, a government relations firm. She became well versed on the roles of lobbyists and had a first-hand experience in the process of developing and introducing bills onto the roll call, then pushing to get Congress to vote on them.

In addition, Samantha had the privilege of meeting the French Ambassador at the European Union Embassy, working as a Hillary Clinton campaign volunteer on Election Night, and attending academic seminars that focused on pre-election media coverage, climate change and the transformation from the Barack Obama administration to the Donald Trump administration. Read more about Samantha's internship.

Political Science Seniors Accepted to Present at NCUR in April

Students from the Department have been invited to present papers at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research's (NCUR) annual conference at the University of Memphis in April. Katie Koyfman (Class of 2017) will present a paper entitled "Advocacy Group Use of Social Media to Inform, Mobilize, and Change Policy"  and Samantha Maciel (Class of 2017) will present a paper entitled "Effects of Polarization in Congress on Government Relations." We are very excited to have our students share their work and be a part of the conference. This is just one of many opportunities our students have to participate in.

World Affairs Council Announces January 18, Program at Dominican

Alex Saragoza, Dept. of Comparative Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley who has regularly taught classes on Cuba and who has visited Cuba over a dozen times will review, in his talk, the consequences of Raul Castro's move toward a free market economy and the impact of Cuban emigre remittances as well as addressing the question of how far Donald Trump will go in reversing Obama's easing of relations with Cuba. More details about the lecture and evening.

World Affairs Council Announces Spring '17 Program Series at Dominican

Dominican is honored to partner with the World Affairs Council in presenting an extraordinary series of lectures for the Spring of 2017. The World Affairs Council offers a forum to share dialogue and discussion about topics that are timely and global in nature. Please note the program dates to follow. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm, and the speaker at 7:50 pm.

January 25: Cuban-American Relations, Prof. Alex Saragoza, UC Berkeley

February 22: Saudi Arabia, Prof. James Russell, Naval Post-Graduate School

March 22: New Models for Grassroots Development, Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director, Thousand Currents

April 20: Implications of Brexit for the UK and Europe, Prof. (Emeritus) Sheldon Rothblatt, UC Berkeley

May 18: Afghanistan: Perils of Combat Journalism, Tim McGirk, former Time Magazine Bureau Chief, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

World Affairs Council Lecture, Dinner and Program at Dominican, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Professor Vinod Aggarwal of the Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley and Director of the Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center will give a talk on multilateral trade agreements on Wed, Dec. 7 in the Creekside Room.  He will address the implications of the rise of mega free trade agreements such as the TPP, which faces bipartisan opposition in the US, and how corporations, consumers and labor are affected by such agreements.  Please see flyer for details.

The 2016 Penguin Invitational Debate Tournament was a resounding success!

On the weekend of November 5th & 6th, Dominican University hosted a World Universities Debate Championship/British Parliament (WUDC/BP) style debate tournament. 28 teams from 6 schools participated, as well as more than 2-dozen judges. Congratulations are in order for the 14 Dominican debaters who competed in the tournament. Over 6 preliminary rounds of debate, 5 of our teams won their rounds at least once, 4 won twice, and all of our teams came in 2nd at least once. Given the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the visiting programs, I am confident that the tournament will attract even more teams and schools next year.

Veteran's Day: Honored with a Fundraiserveteran's day fundraiser, Political Science Student Association, Fisher House Foundation, Veteran's Week, low cost lodging to veterans

The Veterans Club, the Political Science Student Association, and the History Club organized a fundraiser to support the Fisher House Foundation as part of their Veterans Week activities. Fisher House is a non-profit organization that "provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at Military medical centers." Members of our Dominican community have benefited from Fisher Houses's services and this was our way of supporting the organization that has supported our fellow Penguins. Through a donation bake sale held at Montecito Plaza on Saturday, November 12 and the gracious donations from members of Marin, San Francisco, and the Peninsula del Rey communities, we raised over $1,400.

Katie Koyfman to Present her Senior Thesis "Advocacy Group Use of Social Media to Inform, Mobilize, and Change Policy" at the 2017 Western Political Science Association's Annual meeting in Vancouver, BC. 

We are thrilled to announce that Senior Katie Koyfman (Political Science, Class of 2017) has had her paper accepted by the Western Political Science Association. She will present her paper entitled "Advocacy Group Use of Social Media to Inform, Mobilize, and Change Policy" at the 2017 Western Political Science Association's Annual meeting in Vancouver, BC in April. Katie examines how advocacy groups utilized Facebook and Twitter during the 2016 presidential election to educate and mobilize their followers.

Voter Engagement Interview 092916National Voter Registration Day: September 27th

As part of "Voter Engagement Week" Students from the Political Science, History, and IGNITE clubs organized helped register students to vote on National Voter Registration Day Senior Political Science and Communication major Jack Davis was interviewed by Channel 7 (KGO) about National Voter Registration Day and youth engagement in politics. 

Senior District Representative, James Gallagher, American Politics Concentration, State Assemblyman, casework, internship programs

Juleah M. Cordi, Senior District Representative, CA- Assemblyman James Gallagher

After working five years in local government on agriculture and water issues, Juleah Cordi (Political Science: American Politics Concentration '10 and MPA from CSU, Chico '13) joined State Assemblyman James Gallagher's staff. Assemblyman Gallagher represents the third Counties in the heart of the Sacramento Valley.

As the Senior District Representative for Assemblyman Gallagher, Juleah manages constituent casework and correspondences, as well as event and meeting scheduling and coordination. She oversees a robust internship program, with most interns coming from California State University, Chico. Juleah serves as a liaison between constituents and Assemblyman Gallagher, providing information and assistance with state government issues. In addition to the above, Juleah's major responsibility is to work alongside local entities and organizations, assisting with special projects affecting the District, such as the building of Sites Reservoir.

Juleah has also maintained her commitment to community engagement and public service through her volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the North Valley and the Butte County California Civic Learning Partnership Committee. Her involvement with youth development and citizenship stems from her time at Dominican where she was always engaged with local community and finding ways to get her follow classmates involved in civic causes. 

National Voter Registration Day Uses Political Science Students in Social Media Graphic, register to vote, Political Science seniors Tegist Worku and Talia Gonzalez featured,  social media graphics being distributed throughout the United States to publicize National Voter Registration DayNational Voter Registration Day Uses Political Science Students in Social Media Graphic

We were so excited to see Political Science seniors Tegist Worku and Talia Gonzalez when we opened out "toolkit" for National Voter Registration Day! National Voter Registration Day is using a picture from last year's voter registration drive on campus as one of a handful of social media graphics being distributed throughout the United States to publicize National Voter Registration Day! Share this Register to Vote graphic. 

National Voter Registration Day is September 27th this year. If you are in the area, come on by and look for students outside Caleruega registering students to vote between 11:00 A.M and 2:00 P.M.

Alumna Passes on Passion, Support for Teaching Career

As an undergraduate at Dominican, Katie Smith '07 was an Honors student, a double major in History and Political Science who once considered entering law school. However, by the time she returned to the University to earn her Master's degree in Humanities and delivered the Graduate Address at Commencement 2013, Katie had re-committed herself to her passion and the reason she came to Dominican in the first place. She wanted to be a History teacher and faculty supported her goal all the way.

"Those interactions with faculty over and over again and how they were shaping who I was inspired me," says Katie, who now teaches AP History and is chair of the Social Studies Department at Marin Catholic High School. " wanted to have that same influence with students as a teacher in the classroom."

One of Katie’s early influences at Dominican was Christian Dean, a professor of Political Science and Philosophy and debate team coach in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He appointed her as an intern her sophomore year and she to this day remembers the four keywords to his syllabus: Curiosity, skepticism, rigor and humility. Read more about Katie's experience.

Two Students Intern for State Senator Mike McGuire

David Nguyen (sophomore, Political Science major and Pre-Law minor) and Jack Davis (junior, Political Science and Communications and Media Studies double major) are spending the semester interning for State Senator Mike McGuire in his San Rafael office. Getting a chance to apply what they have been learning and see first-hand how a local representative serves his constituents is an opportunity David and Jack have been waiting for since they came to Dominican. Both students have always expressed an interest in engaging with their local community and now they have the chance to put what they have been learning into practice! We look forward to hearing about their experience!

Brandon Ernst (Political Science, Business Administration '12) Combines Business and Peace Corps to Find His Niche in Asia

brandon_tajmahal"DU provided the big picture view I needed to succeed in a highly competitive job market. The professors at Dominican helped me find life-changing opportunities and gave me the space to learn about what was possible. Since graduating, I started my own business developing websites and consulting small-medium sized business owners on internet marketing.  In 2014, I worked at the US Agency for International Development Asia Bureau, researching Asian development issues, hosting foreign diplomats, and learning about the Agency’s priorities in Asia. In this position, I used research and networking skills I learned at Dominican.  I am now living in China, expanding my web development business and teaching English. mNext year, I’ll be going to Senegal with the Peace Corps where I’ll be working with entrepreneurs and small business groups. I look forward to graduate school and returning to the field of international development by combining it with my passion for technology.  I am interested in economics, finance, smart cities, mobile technologies, and many other international development issues.  I enjoy scuba diving, skiing, traveling, and hiking.  If you’d like to get in touch with me, please feel free to email [email protected]"

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