Naweed Tahmas with Assemblywoman Melendez
07/10/2017
Lobbyists crowd the halls, Senators rush to their meetings, aides navigate through legislation, and confused interns try to make sense of it all. The halls of every floor are packed with passionate community leaders and paid political mercenaries trying to push, or kill, legislation. There is never...
Lydia Wang on CRS balcony with state capitol building in background
07/05/2017
Although my tote bag was thoroughly packed with everything from multi-colored pens to snack bars, and I’d read through the packet providing short biographies of every staff member so many times I’d practically had it memorized, I knew that I’d still feel nervous on my first day. While on the light...
children at syrian refugee camp
05/16/2017
I spent the first week and a half of my fellowship in researcher training, where I was warned by colleagues of the occasionally graphic nature of work at Human Rights Watch, and how important self-care would be to a healthy work-life balance. I’ve always been drawn to intense issues—my first...
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05/09/2017
From previous UCDC students and co-workers I heard that there was a snowstorm for over a week in the Winter of 2016. I could not help but get excited to experience my first snowstorm and potential snow days stuck at home. To the dismay of many students, this year’s “winter” passed by, just having...

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