University of Mississippi ENACT Students Meet with Governor and House Speaker Pro Tempore

Students with Dr. Slack (left), Gov. Bryant (center), and Rep. Snowden (right)

Students with Dr. Slack (left), Gov. Bryant (center), and Rep. Snowden (right)

Jan 31, 2017

On January 31st, ENACT Faculty Fellow James Slack and a group of eight students from his University of Mississippi ENACT seminar visited the Mississippi State Capitol. Thanks to the support of the ENACT program, based out of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University, they are enlivening their course work this semester by intently researching state-level policy. 

His students met with Governor Phil Bryant, as well as with their legislative liaison for the course, House Speaker pro Tempore Greg Snowden. 

"It was 'deadline' day," says Dr. Slack. "All bills going from one chamber to the other had to be passed by the original chamber by 8 p.m. – but that made it incredibly real. Our liaison, Representative Greg Snowden, ensured the day was very productive."

Students chose one education bill to focus on. Dr. Slack summarizes it: "It is a bill requiring any school district receiving a grade of C or less to change the way school board members are selected – from appointment to election, and hold all such elections at the time of federal elections. The Education Committee Chair, Rep. John Moore, was most helpful and will be assisting throughout the semester."

Dr. Slack's students are from the Department of Public Policy Leadership, the academic unit of the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, at The University of Mississippi. 


In front of Mississippi State Capitol building. l-r, Laryssa McBeath; Loden Snell, Dr. Slack; Hunter Traffica; Nestor Delgado; Jazlyn Brisack; Olivia Heuser; Stephen Chavez; Ethan Wright.


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