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Goucher Students Represent Goucher at Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference

Release date: February 14, 2012

Andrew Huff '14 and Chloe Rothenberg '14 have been selected to represent Goucher College at the Debating for Democracy (D4D) national conference hosted by Project Pericles in New York City on March 22 and 23. Goucher is one of 29 member institutions in Project Pericles, a nonprofit organization that encourages colleges and universities to include social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of their educational programs.

To qualify to attend the conference, Huff, a sophomore political science major from Cherry Hill, NJ, and Rothenberg, a psychology major/art minor from Westfield, NJ, wrote a letter to an elected official that was evaluated by Goucher's Project Pericles co-directors, Michael Curry and Emily Perl. The students' letter to Congressman John Sarbanes argued for stronger sex education with medically accurate content and urged him to reintroduce the Medically Accurate Sex Education Act of 2003. 

Debating for Democracy (D4D) is a campus-based, co-curricular program that complements the mission of Project Pericles (www.projectpericles.org). On each campus, Periclean students research, develop, and advocate their positions on current public-policy issues. The primary goal of D4D is to inspire and encourage all participants to become successful and resourceful advocates in their community.

On March 22 and 23, student leaders from each of the 29 participating Periclean colleges and universities will attend the 2012 D4D National Conference at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. The conference will consist of workshops, keynote addresses, and panel discussions that will introduce the students to leading figures in civic engagement, education, environment, politics, public policy, and social entrepreneurship. There also will be a legislative hearing that will allow students to discuss their policy ideas with a panel of current and former elected officials and other public-policy experts.