Dickinson College Student Meets Rep. Diaz-Balart

Dickinson College Student Meets Rep. Diaz-Balart

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James Liska
May 07, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29th, Dickinson College student Rogelio Cerezo had a chance to discuss public policy with his Member of Congress, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. Rep. Diaz-Balart represents Florida's 25th District, which encompasses the northwest Miami suburbs and part of the Everglades. Rep. Diaz-Balart is also a Congressional appropriator, and was named to the powerful Appropriations Committee during the 112th Congress.


Rogelio and Rep. Diaz-Balart discussed immigration and the evolving situation in Venezuela. Rep. Diaz-Balart's family was exiled from Cuba (like a member of Rogelio's family.) The Congressman also shared Rogelio's concerns about the situation in Venezuela under Nicolas Maduro's regime, citing the recent civil unrest there.


When asked about the meeting and what he thought of the Congressman, Rogelio said that "I think the meeting was very insightful and educational. I believe the Public Policy Dialogue is a unique experience because by being built into our TWC learning experience, this program has great potential in forming students that are well-informed and interested in government".


In addition, he remarked that "...throughout the meeting with Rep. Diaz-Balart, I was able to understand his personal motivations for working in government. He noted that his main motivation comes from being able to act on issues that are of national and international importance. In addition, during our meeting, I was able to get a better sense of the opportunities and frustrations of working in Congress, while serving the American people." This visit was another way to understand the role of citizen advocacy and to demonstrate how one-on-one and small group conversations with elected representatives can affect public policy changes at the highest level.


Students who participated in this visit included:


Public Policy Dialogues (PPD), sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, provides students with the unique opportunity to meet and interact with members of the Senate or House of Representatives representing their state or congressional district. This is one component of The Washington Center's internship program.


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