Student Panel Discussion: Moving the Country Forward After 2020
December 4, 2020
The Former Members of Congress and The John Brademas Center of New York University invited guests to this afternoon virtual roundtable, "Student Panel Discussion: Moving the Country Forward After 2020." This program was moderated by The Honorable Christopher Shays (R-CT, 1987-2009), and featured student panelists included Alyssa Caver, Sophomore, University of Texas at Austin, Madeline Hart, Sophomore, Georgetown University, Sabrina Rosell, Graduate Student, Florida International University, Laura Shaw, Senior, Dominican University, and Gabriel Vasconcellos, First Year, New York University.
This program was open to everyone. Registration was required in order to receive the Zoom log in details. Please note that this webinar was recorded.
The Honorable Christopher Shays, Representative of Connecticut’s 4th District from 1987 to 2009
Congressman Christopher Shays was a Member of the Connecticut Legislature for 13 years, and a Member of the U.S. Congress for 21 years. He is a leader among centrist Republicans with fiscally conservative, socially moderate views, and has been nationally recognized for bipartisan leadership. As a senior member he served the House Budget Committee as Vice-Chair, Government Reform and Oversight Committee as Vice-Chair, Financial Services Committee, and Homeland Security Committee, and was Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee. He has traveledto Iraq 21 times meeting with troops, Iraqi people, and their leaders.
More about Congressman Shays
He authored the laws requiring: Congress to live by the acts it writes for the rest of the nation; Congressional gift ban and lobby disclosure; campaign finance reform. He helped establish: 9/11 Commission; Director of National Intelligence; Department of Homeland Security, and Championed Corporation of National and Community Service,
AmeriCorps. After Congress, he Co-Chaired Commission on Wartime Contracting and served as Distinguish Fellow in Public Service at the University of New Haven, and Resident Fellow Harvard Kennedy School. He holds both an MBA and an MPA from New York University, and a BA from Principia College. He is also a Peace CorpsVolunteer in Fiji with his wife Betsi.
Alyssa Caver, Sophomore, University of Texas at Austin
Alyssa Caver is a sophomore at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in International Relations and Global Studies with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. On campus, she is the President of the nascent BridgeTexas chapter at UT Austin. She is the USG of Registration for the upcoming Houston Area MUN conference, and works as a staffer for Central Texas MUN on campus at UT Austin. She is passionate about constructive civil discourse and constitutional principles and is incredibly excited to sit down and talk about our democracy in 2020 and moving forward.
Madeline Hart, Sophomore, Georgetown University
Madeline Hart is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, majoring in International Politics with a minor in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs. As might be expected, she is especially interested in the foreign relations branch of domestic politics, editing the Middle East and Central Asia section of the newspaper at her university. She is also passionate about social issues and human rights, especially as they relate to international and constitutional law.
Sabrina Rosell, Graduate Student, Florida International University
Sabrina Leeloo Rosell is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Affairs at Florida International University where she also received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and graduated Summa Cum Laude with the Honors College. She currently works at FIU in the Office of Governmental Relations as the Governmental Relations Coordinator. In this role she works directly on local, state and federal issues for the purpose of advancing the universities interests. Sabrina previously served as the MMC Student Body President and University trustee for two conservative years. In this capacity, she, alongside the executive leadership, were responsible for the allocation of a $20 million budget for the enhancement of the overall collegiate experience for the 56,000 students at FIU. Some of her initiatives were focused around enhancing student success through strategic initiatives, supporting young women in pursuit of a career in government, and increasing university affinity among the student body by concentrating on efforts to increase presence at athletics and game attendance.
Laura Shaw, Senior, Dominican University
Laura Shaw is from Omaha, Nebraska and is a senior at Dominican University majoring in International Relations and Diplomacy with a minor in Spanish. She is interested in the study of American foreign policy and international development focusing specifically on human rights. After graduation Laura hopes to pursue a career in policy development relating to nation building and human rights development. In the past, she worked at the League of United Latin American Citizens in the policy department and served as a
research assistant in the Dominican University Political Science department. Her goal for the next year is to attend grad school studying International Development.
Gabriel Vasconcellos, First Year, New York University
Gabriel Vasconcellos is a freshman in GLS (Global Liberal Studies) and a DMV local having grown up in D.C. with knowledge of our nation's capital culture and its political climate. He also represents the Go Local constituency in the Fall 2020 NYU DC Hall Congress. He is a Brazilian and American citizen with a diverse background and knowledge of different cultures. A proud advocate of progressive and social democrat causes, especially medicare for all, green new deal, and a living wage. Gabriel previously organized & hosted the Presidential Debate Co-Curricular Watch Party for NYU DC. He is hoping to intern for one of the many progressive house members that won seats in the 2020 election during the spring.
FMC, the Association of Former Members of Congress is a bipartisan, nonprofit, voluntary alliance of former United States Senators and Representatives, standing for America’s Constitutional system. FMC works to strengthen the Congress in the conduct of its Constitutional responsibility through promoting a collaborative approach to policy making. FMC seeks to deepen the understanding of our democratic system, domestically and internationally, and to engage the citizenry through civic education about Congress and public service.