University of New Hampshire ENACT Students Engage in "Present and Defend"

April 18, 2017

On April 18th, ENACT Faculty Fellow Stephen Pimpare and the students of his University of New Hampshire ENACT course "New Hampshire Politics in Action" held a "Present and Defend" session with local community members and legislators. Students shared their work on New Hampshire legislation.

The session was incorporated as part of the university's Undergraduate Research Conference, "a week-long, college-wide celebration of student research, scholarly, and creative projects  on the UNH Manchester Campus."

The students have been working on a variety of bills this semester, including a bill "Eliminating the automatic union dues payment for state employees," a bill "relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person's sexual orientation," a bill "including a fetus in the definition of 'another' for purposes of certain criminal offenses," and a bill "eliminating the statue of limitations on sexual assault."

During a visit to the state capitol earlier in the semester students also met with New Hampshire State Senator Lou D'Allesandro, "the Dean of the New Hampshire Senate."

NH State Senator Lou D’Allesandro

NH State Senator Lou D’Allesandro meeting with ENACT students


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

This new major program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University is made possible by a generous gift from Ethics Center Board member Norbert Weissberg and his wife, former Board member Judith Schneider. ENACT is also supported by the Rice Family Foundation.