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Political science students in action
By Ivan Thirion
On January 31 and February 1 members of the Radford University’s Board of Visitors, President Hemphill, university administrators, members of the Student Government Association, and Radford students of all kinds of majors and backgrounds travelled to Richmond with the purpose of meeting our state senators and delegates at the Virginia Legislature to lobby for higher education and the interests of the Radford University community. This event is known as “Advocacy Day.”
In addition to meeting state officials at the legislature, the trip also included a tour at the Governor’s Executive Mansion, a visit to the Virginia’s Attorney General office, and an exclusive meet and greet with Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hudson, where students got the opportunity to network with them and learn about their jobs.
“It is important to make the personal connection so you can have a conversation where you are talking at each other,” said Brianna Guest, a political science student.
Among the students that participated in Advocacy Day, one of the most prominent groups was the political science students that not only got to put into practice the knowledge and skills that they have learned in their political science classes, but also got to learn more about how the Commonwealth’s government operates, and their potential future careers as public servants.
“I would recommend Advocacy Day for anyone because there is a difference between just seeing the policies that they make and hearing what the legislators have to say in regard to their policies,” said Stacey Boateng, political science student. “You can understand the policymaking process when you get to talk face to face with the legislators.”