College Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 14: June 24, 2016
Reported by Milagro Ventura, Mary Baldwin College
As the end of the Sorensen CLP program approaches, the fourteenth day of the program was bittersweet. As the day began with the presentations for the Culminating Project, starting at 9:00 AM, groups focusing on education, public safety, and transportation-based legislation presented their research. They presented their culminating projects to John Chasen from Wells Fargo, Nicole Brenner from Reed Smith, Matthew Homer from Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s office, Bob Gibson Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute, and John Thomas, Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA.
Following the presentation, the CLP class of 2016 had their first look at what being a Sorensen Alum is like through an enthusiastic presentation from Colleen Smith, the deputy director and director of development for the Sorensen Institute. Ms. Smith enlightened the class with the behind-the-scenes look at what it takes for the Alumni of Sorensen’s multiple programs to get together and remain engaged in bi-partisan collaboration and friendships. Following Ms. Smith’s presentation, the class had their final class session with Dr. Quentin Kidd and discussed the highlights of the class, the future of Sorensen, and said their goodbyes and thank yous to Dr. Kidd.
After the academic part of the program came to an overall conclusion, the students took a moment to breathe in the last two weeks as they ate, relaxed, and participated in parting group activities. Afterwards, everyone gathered in Mellow Mushroom to enjoy each other’s company, recognize each other’s work through group superlatives, and to fortify bonds already formed between the program members, students, and staff. After dinner, everyone slowly scattered to engage in last minute bonding before graduation.