Suffolk University Welcomes The Washington Center


BOSTON, MA – Suffolk University is proud to welcome and host students, faculty and staff from The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Approximately 30 faculty and staff representing The Washington Center have arrived on campus will be joined in the next few days by nearly 250 of their students for a two-week academic program combining classroom seminars and guest lectures with volunteer fieldwork.

The students, who have a combined 3.5 grade point average, were nominated by each of their respective colleges and universities, the Knight Foundation and the Appalachian College Association.

In addition, The Washington Center has 10 students and three faculty members on their way to Suffolk from Botswana and South Africa. Also attending The Washington Center program at Suffolk are 20 representatives from the Mexican Congress, who are here to learn how the Democratic process works in the United States.

Melissa Haussman, Associate Professor of Government, is the Suffolk University liaison to The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. She will be a group leader and will also present a lecture, titled, “Factors Affecting Women's Representation in the United States and Mexico.”

“We are pleased to work with Suffolk University and its staff during the Democratic National Convention,” said Eugene Alpert, Vice President of The Washington Center. “Suffolk University has had a long partnership with The Washington Center and we strongly believe in the value of experiential learning.”

Since 1984, The Washington Center has conducted programs offering an in-depth look at the U.S. political process at both Democratic and Republican national conventions, working with party officials, candidates, the media, political consultants and host cities.

The Washington Center chose Suffolk University because of its facilities and its Beacon Hill location, in the heart of state and local government operations and close to the FleetCenter. Suffolk will make its theater, classrooms and residence hall rooms available to The Washington Center contingent.

The Washington Center is one of the larger groups on campus this summer coordinated through the Office of Residence Life and Summer Programs.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal, is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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