July 25, 2016 37th and O

#HoyasAtDNC Day One


by Sahil Nair

GU Politics students are joining the fray descending on Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention! After a smooth, Shake Shack-fueled trip to 30th Street Station (with selfies to show for it), #HoyasAtDNC settled in our UPenn accommodations and then hit the ground running. Meet all 10 of us Convention Ambassadors below:

  1. Sarah Clements is a rising junior in the College, double majoring in Government and Justice and Peace Studies with a concentration in Restorative and Community Justice. At Georgetown, Sarah is involved with the OWN IT Summit, GU Politics, Georgetown Against Gun Violence, and Jewish life on campus. She spends a lot of her time doing progressive advocacy work (gun reform and CJR, mostly), so she is excited to be at the DNC to get a new perspective on political life. Sarah just got back from studying abroad during the summer, and she looks forward to nerding out over political operative sightings this week.
  2. Beth Cunniff is a rising sophomore in the College from New Jersey studying Government. When she is not involved in GU Politics, she can be found playing with Georgetown Club Field Hockey, cheering for Boston sports, or watching the West Wing. She is extremely excited to be attending the convention and can't wait to see what goes on behind the scenes.
  3. Rachel Hirsch is an MPP student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She attended Northwestern University for undergrad. This summer, she is working at a workforce development nonprofit and advocacy group. On campus, Rachel was a member of the inaugural GU Politics student advisory board, as well as EduWonks and the Policy Innovation Lab.
  4. Dylan Hughes is a rising sophomore in the college studying Linguistics and Government. Originally from Arizona, they hope to return there after graduation to get involved in state politics. They are incredibly excited to see the technical intricacies of delegates and conventions in American democracy, as well as learn from political and media veterans from all levels.
  5. Santana Jackson is a rising senior in the College, majoring in Government and minoring in Justice and Peace Studies. She hails from the Queen City--more commonly known as Charlotte, North Carolina. She will be apart of the GU Politics Student Advisory Board for the 2016-2017 school year. Her greatest interests include public policy, elections, anything/everything sweet, peace studies, and good books. Being from Charlotte and having been enchanted by the atmosphere of the previous DNC, she is ecstatic to take on the 2016 Democratic National Convention!
  6. Christian Mesa is a rising sophomore in the College, studying Government. Christian first got involved in GU Politics by attending events and serving on the Student Operations Team. This summer, Christian is interning in Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s (D-CA 47) district office and loves learning about how politicians interact with their constituents. Outside of politics, Christian is active in Georgetown’s Model UN club. He is very excited to work this year's DNC and specifically wants to learn how political operatives assist politicians at national events.
  7. Sahil Nair is a rising sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, hoping to study Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Sahil’s southern hospitality will be on full display at convention programming. On campus, Sahil is involved with GU Politics, Innovo Consulting, the Georgetown Voice, and the Club Tennis Team. Having nerded out over politics since elementary school, Sahil is extremely excited to get the opportunity to understand conventions and the Democratic Party from the inside.
  8. Raul "RC" Paez is a rising senior in the College, majoring in Government and minoring in Economics and History. Splitting his time between Washington and his hometown of Nogales, Arizona, RC spends most of his free time exploring Washington's amazing restaurant scene and unnecessarily stressing over his beloved Arizona Diamondbacks. He is also a member of GU Politics’ Student Advisory Board.
  9. Drew Rodriguez is a rising sophomore in the college studying Government. He is from the great city of Omaha in the great state of Nebraska. Drew will also be a member of the GU Politics Student Advisory Board for the 2016-2017 school year.
  10. Don Soffer is a rising junior in the College, majoring in Government. He is originally from St. Louis and has spent the last several summers doing political work in Missouri, Illinois, and Washington D.C. Don once spent the night in a Barnes n’ Noble parking lot so he could shake Bill Clinton’s hand. He doesn’t drink coffee, but wonders whether that will change by the end of the convention.

Our time in Philly got off to an exciting start as we ran into Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show, strolling through Penn's quad.

After dinner, we engaged with Executive Director Mo Elleithee and discussed what we would like to see at the convention alongside campaign strategy for Hillary Clinton.  

From there, #HoyasAtDNC were off to our first (of many) engagements, meeting up with stars like Lis Smith, Rebecca Katz, and Georgetown's own EJ Dionne along the way.

We capped our night by linking up with UChicago and Harvard's IOPs for a political nerd gelato social. It was great to meet our fellow convention interns and counterparts at other institutions!

IOP Squad

That was our first day, and the convention has not even begun! Stay tuned to @GUPolitics on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to follow along with #HoyasAtDNC. The Convention Ambassadors and I are so appreciative to Georgetown and the Institute of Politics and Public Service for this amazing opportunity. We are PUMPED!

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