First Ever Legislative Reception Held
From outside the Edward W. Minnock Center for International Engagement, BSU’s first ever Legislative Reception may have looked like a formal, invitation-only event, as a number of local officials mingled with a crowd of campus constituents. However, the reception was exactly the opposite: it was an open event for the entire campus community designed to connect all BSU students with local legislators.
For Brystal Vasquez, a criminal justice and psychology dual major, the reception provided an opportunity to meet and speak with representatives Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) and Angelo D’Emilia (R-Bridgewater). She gave them a tour of the international center, which made it easier to build a connection, said Vasquez.
“They were very approachable. They made us feel comfortable,” said Vasquez, one of the 35 students, faculty and staff who attended the event.
Fred Clark, executive vice president and vice president for external affairs, stressed the importance of the event in encouraging personal growth. “I think we need to learn from each other to be global citizens,” he said. “You need to connect with your counterparts. In this case, it’s student to legislator.”
Apart from the face-to-face interaction, students enjoyed the event for its convenience. “I like that it was here,” said Danielle Cochran, president for the International Culture Club. “To go to the Statehouse would have been a whole day. It was easier having them on campus.”
The representatives had a chance to share their stories with fascinated listeners.
State Rep. Angelo D’Emilia (D-Bridgewater) recalled his experiences serving his hometown while watching BSU expand. He then praised the campus community. “Being from Bridgewater, around the university and watching it grow, I’ve got to witness the university flourish,” he said. “But what has really been interesting is getting to come in and get to know staff and some of the students. It’s encouraging to know that our future is going to be bright.” (Sasha Link, Dr. Edward W. Minnock Center for International Engagement)
Find out more about the Dr. Edward W. Minnock Center for International Engagement visit: http://www.bridgew.edu/CIE/