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Eight Mount students are heading to Capitol Hill in March for discussions with congressional representatives and firsthand observations of government in action.

Eight Mount Students Heading to Capitol Hill

Jan. 29, 2007 -- Eight Mount students are heading to Capitol Hill in March, joining peers from 16 other women’s colleges across the country to meet with congressional representatives and observe firsthand how the federal government operates.

For nearly two decades, the Mount has been sending young women with a particular interest in U.S. policy to Washington, D.C., as part of the Public Leadership Education Network’s (PLEN) Women and Congress Seminar.

This year, students will spend their spring break watching history unfold as the nation’s first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, presides over Congress.

Mount students will meet with women members of Congress as well as professional staff members of congressional committees and advocacy groups. They also will attend committee hearings, discuss pressing policy issues, and participate in a simulation of a committee hearing on a bill before Congress.

Most of the estimated $900-per-student cost will be offset with grant funding through the MSMU Women’s Leadership and Orientation Programs office. The Women and Congress Seminar is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and also express a strong interest in public leadership and public policy.

The MSMU students selected to participate this year are: Therese Benson, Kathleen Castellanos, Gricelda Ceja, Pamela Flores, Diana Godoy, Claire Marie Juan, Karina Macias, and Jane Soto.

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