College Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day Six: June 16, 2016
Reported by Matthew Revis, Christopher Newport University
After a day packed full of travel and eye-opening visits, the CLP students were glad to return to Charlottesville for Thursday’s activities. The morning began with time spent working on culminating projects, a group-oriented assignment in which we collaborate to draft a bill idea presented before members of an expert panel. Divided up into focus groups, members of different teams shared their ideas to receive constructive feedback and narrow bill topics. All three groups walked away from these meetings with a strong sense of direction for their projects.
Following this work period, the CLP was excited to welcome Gary Nordlinger, distinguished political consultant and professor at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Public Management, to share his perspective on ethics in politics and even provide a few anecdotes of ethical dilemmas he witnessed. One of the most lasting impressions came from a simple quote Prof. Nordlinger heard at his cousin’s graduation from Georgetown’s MBA program. The dean of the school shared that, “If you do not have a sense of ethics, you will destroy yourself.” Prof. Nordlinger was sure to exhibit this point very well in an informative and interactive lecture.
Once lunch had concluded, we returned to the classroom for a brief class with our very own director, Cash Arehart. He took time to share helpful tips from his career in preparing for public speaking and presentations, emphasizing key strategies to implement when we present before the expert panel next week. Finally, we ended the day with spirited discussion in the classroom led by Dr. Quentin Kidd about the merits of the Virginia Constitution and what we would amend within the document. At the conclusion of class, we were free to spend the rest of our day working on culminating projects, preparing for our Senate simulation on Saturday, and, most importantly, celebrating Summer’s birthday!