University of Hartford ENACT Students Visit the Connecticut Capitol

Students View a Statue of Nathan Hale

Students View a Statue of Nathan Hale

Oct 20, 2016

On October 6th, ENACT Faculty Fellow Katharine Owens took a group of 15 students from her University of Hartford ENACT seminar on a field trip to the Connecticut Capitol. Thanks to the support of the ENACT program, based out of Brandeis University, they are enlivening their course work this semester by intently researching state-level policy. 

The tour, led by Kim Fabrizio of the Connecticut League of Women Voters, allowed students to get a feel for state-level policymaking. The event began with an information session hosted by two current staff members—both former interns—about the Connecticut Legislative internship. The tour included visits to the legislative office building as well as the Capitol. As the Connecticut General Assembly is not currently in session, the group was allowed access to both the House and Senate chambers.

"Visiting the Capitol was an amazing experience for me," says student Myeisha Boyd. "Walking into the building where legislation is enacted related directly to my American Public Policy course with Professor Owens and I really was able to grasp how legislators conduct meetings to vote on bills. I hope that I am able to one day become a leader in government to create a positive impact one podium at a time."

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About ENACT

ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation is a new national program to engage young people in state-level legislative change. Students enrolled in courses taught by ENACT faculty fellows at colleges and universities in or near state capitals around the country are learning how to work with advocacy organizations, legislators and legislative staff members to advance policy. For more information, visit go.brandeis.edu/ENACT.