SMLS: Trump's First 100 Days

Christian Holm

The first Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series of the semester featured two voices from opposite sides of the aisle as The Washington Center’s students attempted to make sense of Trump’s first 100 days in office.


Fred Barnes, executive editor for The Weekly Standard and Liz Kennedy, director of democracy & government reform at the Center for American Progress joined moderator and White House Correspondent for RealClearPolitics Alexis Simendinger for an hour long discussion on Trump’s first 100 days and how the administration can achieve its ambitious agenda.


Concluding the Fall '16 Semester

Christian Holm
December 22, 2016

Students and staff at The Washington Center concluded the fall 2016 semester with a commencement ceremony on Friday, December 9.


After 15 eventful weeks in D.C., students took a few moments to celebrate what they accomplished, recognize those who went above and beyond during their time here and turn toward the future.


Following remarks from alumni speaker Debora Aponte Martinez, five students received recognition for their commitments to achievement, professional growth and community stewardship with an award presentation:


Why Being an Internship Supervisor is the Best Part of My Job

Kathleen Struck
November 28, 2016

VOA Student Union Digital Managing Editor Kathleen Struck received this semester’s outstanding internship site supervisor award. Struck was nominated  by three of her interns: Rebeca Hankins from Emerson College, Arnelia Sandy from Dean College and Brittney Welch from Stockton University.


Experts Weigh in on White House Transition at SMLS

Christian Holm
November 21, 2016

The Washington Center hosted the final installment of the Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series of the fall 2016 semester on Friday, Nov.18. CSPAN will later air coverage of the lecture series.


Friday’s SMLS dug deep into the state of the post-election White House transition, breaking down what has so far been a chaotic scene at as President-Elect Donald Trump prepares to take power in less than 10 weeks. Friday’s panel provided key insights into the challenges the transition team will face and mapped out the steps that Trump’s team must take to ensure a smooth transition.

Leadership and Legacy on Display at Gala 2016

Christian Holm
September 27, 2016

The Washington Center paid tribute to leadership in higher education at this year’s annual Gala: Leadership and Legacy.


This year’s Gala raised more than $480,000 for student scholarships that will be offered for hundreds of students throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Serving as master of ceremonies was Emmy award winning journalist and White House Correspondent for Univision, Janet Rodriguez


Washington: The City of Opportunities

Swarochish Goswami
September 09, 2016

May 26, 2016. The date I set out for a trip I had no idea would make a profound impact on what I aimed to do in life. I came into the city known as the political hub of the world as a person who is interested in politics and I left as a person who wanted to engage with the field in some capacity for the rest of my life. Being in Washington, D.C. was rewarding and being able to do it with The Washington Center enabled me to truly discover D.C. as a city of opportunities.

Fall 2016 Orientation

Christian Holm
August 29, 2016

Fall students packed into Blinken Auditorium for a welcome from TWC on Thursday, August 25 as the 15 week fall semester began.


Students were introduced to students services staff, the LEAD instructors who will manage their Friday programming and the internship site coordinators who placed them in internships. Following that introduction was a formal welcome and opening charge from incoming TWC President Chris Norton.

Summer 2016 Commencement

Christian Holm
August 09, 2016

The Washington Center wrapped up the summer 2016 semester with one of the more memorable commencement ceremonies in TWC’s 41 year history.


Following an enthusiastic opening address from Jonathan McTague, a student from Suffolk University and intern with Grant Thornton, LLP, students heard inaugural remarks from President-Elect Christopher Norton. Several students were also recognized for their achievements this semester with an award presentation:


Summer 2016 Internship Site Supervisor Awards

Christian Holm
July 29, 2016

The Washington Center recognized more than 50 student nominated internship site supervisors for going above and beyond in mentoring students at a breakfast reception on Wednesday, July 27.

Heated Discussion on Race and Politics at SMLS

Christian Holm
July 15, 2016

In the wake of one of the worst periods of violence in American history, students addressed tough questions and plotted a way forward at the first Simspon-Mineta Leaders Series of the summer semester.