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星期三, 4月 26, 2017

Commonwealth seminar

Commonwealth Seminar... Alumni Testimonials
April 26th, 2017
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Seminar Applications 
Due this Friday

Why apply to the Seminar?...
Some of our 1,200+ Alumni 
can fill you in.
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Some members of our Fall 2016 Seminar 
 after class, in the MA State House
"The Commonwealth Seminar provides an empowering learning experience that propels (one) to action. It inspires participants - like me -
to know that they have a fair chance in politics."
Winston Pierre,
Seminar Graduate: 
Winter 2015

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"I can't get enough of the Seminar... The skills I acquired are being used not just for leadership in Boston's refugee communities.  It's also been crucial for our work in restoring democracy in war ravaged West African country of Liberia." Torli Krua, Seminar Graduate: Spring 2016

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"The Commonwealth Seminar is for anyone who understands the power of knowledge and the impact of networking... I truly enjoyed talking to many brilliant people with different backgrounds and learning about how... government operates." 
Saman Abazari, Seminar Graduate: Winter 2017

Some of the State's best known, most experienced political experts offer their "insider knowledge" to our Seminar students.
Members of the Seminar's Winter Class of 2017 wishing a Vanny Huot's mother a Happy Birthday, after class

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"I feel duty bound to fight for those (including my
self) whose voices have been denied or undermined at decision making levels. The Seminar challenges me to step out of my comfort zone and empowers me to take on or assert my leadership skills in spaces that are traditionally exclusive."
Vanny Huot, Seminar Graduate: Winter 2017

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"The Commonwealth Seminar is a place to have a gleam of American political life."
Henry Yongho, Seminar Graduate: Fall 2016

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"The Commonwealth Seminar puts you in a room with some of the most intelligent, passionate, and socially-active community members from across the state, stimulating cross-dialogue... Essentially, (the Seminar) is an incubator for emerging civic leaders and an incubator for the diverse future of Massachusetts." 
Christian Arthur, Seminar Graduate: Fall 2016

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"I have gained knowledge that will help me effectively advocate for my community and develop my skills as a public servant."
Fatima Nambour Jallow, Seminar Alumnus: Winter 2017

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"The Seminar changed the way I viewed my role as a 'change maker.' It empowered me to realize that we all we have the power to create change and that there is room for me in our government. The Seminar inspired and validated my choice to study government and politics in college."
Lily Tang, Seminar Intern, and Graduate: Spring 2016


  As we head toward our 15th year, the Commonwealth Seminar remains steadfast in our Core Mission of 
"Opening the Doors of Government to Everyone"
Download the 
Seminar Application
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If you would like to apply for the Seminar, but are having trouble meeting this Friday's deadline, please let us know ASAP. 

The six sessions are scheduled for:
  • Thursday, May 11th (5:30-8:15pm)
  • Wednesday, May 17th - (3:15-5:15pmThe State House)
  • Thursday, May 25th (5:30-8:15pm)
  • Thursday, June 1st (5:30-8:15pm)
  • Thursday, June 8th (5:30-8:15pm)
  • Thursday, June 15th - (3:15-5:15pmGraduation!


About the Commonwealth Seminar

The Commonwealth Seminar is a privately funded program with the mission of opening the doors of the State House. It is an intensive training program focused on teaching diverse leaders how the Massachusetts Legislature really works. Top state legislators, legislative staff, media members, and administration policymakers will introduce seminar participants to the Legislature and state government generally. By giving an insiders' view of the process, our goal is to encourage diverse leaders to become effective advocates and to pursue careers in public service.
Who Should Apply?

We are looking for leaders from communities of color and immigrant communities; and people working to directly benefit them. We place a high value on creating a seminar class that is diverse racially, ethnically, and geographically.
Successful candidates for the Commonwealth Seminar will have a basic understanding of state government and a clear desire to use the skills learned through the seminar to make positive change.
Acceptance to the seminar is decided through a competitive process. Commonwealth Seminar staff and advisers will make all final decisions about the makeup of the seminar.
More Information and Application 

Please be prepared to make a compelling argument in the application about how you fit into the Commonwealth Seminar's target student profile. For more information, and to download an application, please visit the Commonwealth Seminar website

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Commonwealth Seminar, P.O. Box 120064, Boston, MA 02112