Chavez Schools, Georgetown University & The Wilson Center
cordially invite you to attend the 6th Annual Public Policy Symposium
June 8th, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
37th and O Street, NW
Each year, every Chavez senior presents and defends their thesis findings on some of our nation’s most pressing public policy issues, including immigration, youth incarceration, and climate change. Thesis is the culminating project of their high school experience, and three scholars are chosen to present their thesis at the Symposium, and also their ideas for solving these most pressing issues in our community and in our world.
E.J. Dionne Jr. is a columnist for The Washington Post, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University. His most recent book, Why The Right Went Wrong: Conservatism – From Goldwater to Trump and Beyond, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. He is also the co-editor with MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid of We Are The Change We Seek, a collection of President Obama’s speeches published by Bloomsbury in January 2017.
E.J. Dionne Jr. grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. He attended Catholic schools, graduated from Harvard University, and received a D.Phil. in sociology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1975, he went to work for the New York Times covering state, local, and national politics and also serving as a foreign correspondent. He reported from more than two dozen countries, including extended periods in Paris, Rome, and Beirut. His coverage of the Vatican was described by the Los Angeles Times as the best in two decades. He joined the Washington Post in 1990 as a political reporter and has been writing a column for the Post since 1993. It is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group and appears in more than 240 newspapers. He is also a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Government Department.
Dionne analyzes politics weekly on NPR’s All Things Considered and is a regular analyst for MSNBC and ABC News’ This Week. He is the author of six books and edited or coedited seven other volumes. His Why Americans Hate Politics won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. His most recent book, Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism – From Goldwater to Trump and Beyond, was published in 2016. In 2017, Bloomsbury published We Are The Change We Seek, a collection of President Obama’s speeches that he edited with Joy-Ann Reid of MSNBC.
Dionne lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Mary Boyle. They have three children, James, Julia, and Margot.
Capitol Hill Campus
Justice for Gambia: Holding Dictators Accountable
Mariama Conteh was born in Serekunda, Gambia, and came to America at the age of 15 to further her education to the highest level and to get to know her father. Mariama wants to share with the world the story of African women and has a strong belief in freedom and equality, which is why she chose to focus her Thesis research on the inadequate democracy in Gambia. Upon graduation from Chavez Schools, Capitol Hill Campus, Mariama will be attending Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania to study computer science and engineering.
Fixing Student Disengagement: Playing With Education
Cristian is graduating from Chavez Schools, Parkside Campus and plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) after graduation. Aligned to his Thesis topic, Cristian will pursue video game design and development for his Bachelor's degree. His passion for video games is what led him to focus his Thesis on their potential to solve the problem of student disengagement in school. Cristian believes this process has prepared him for the level of writing he will be expected to do at RIT. Beyond video games, Cristian is an avid music listener.
Poor Public Defense: Public Defense in Louisiana
Dacheelyn is graduating from Chavez Schools, Parkside Campus and plans to attend North Carolina Central University this fall. She will major in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. Dacheelyn selected the state of public defense as her Thesis topic because she wanted to research an issue that adversely affected minorities in the U.S. Additionally, if this problem is solved, she thinks it will positively impact the high incarceration rate of minorities in our country. Thesis helped Dacheelyn become her own leader and guide, so she feels prepared to navigate college. Outside of her studies, Dacheelyn plays first bass for the Chavez Schools drumline and is a member of the chorus.
Debra & Robert Drumheller
Heritage Financial Consultants
Law Office of Lauren E. Baum
TGR Learning Lab
Teach to Lead