From Jan. 19-23, the Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference was held in Washington DC: a curriculum that celebrates the transition of power in the US that is the Presidential Oath. The curriculum consists of distinctive field studies that explore leadership and democracy in action. Kierra Stowers, one of Bellevue College’s students was privileged enough to attend the meeting, representing as not only a student at BC but also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
The Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference is held every four years in conjunction with the formal inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States. The prestigious event is one of the nation’s most unique and is extremely limited in eligibility and space. Participation in the conference enables applicants to gain valuable insight into a variety of careers in politics, broadcasting, campaign management and discovering careers that may not be have been originally considered.
Along with witnessing the inauguration ceremony in person, students who enrolled are given the chance to interact with political experts and analysts such as Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., “one of America’s foremost political figures whose role is pivotal in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality and economic and social justice.” The schedule for the five-day conference allowed students to explore Washington DC fairly freely with the idea of letting students soak in the inspiring politic aura all throughout the capital. They are set free to enjoy lunch in local cafés and restaurants, explore the local museums and are invited back for extravagant meals with additional guest speakers. “It was amazing,” Stowers mentioned in an interview about her experience. “It’s crazy how whatever happens in America affects so many different countries and to actually hear it come from the source was eye-opening.” She goes on to mention that “it was worth every penny.” Though there is a tuition price for the program that includes coverage for housing for the four nights, complimentary in-room internet access and group insurance during the trip, participants are also given a Letter of Participation and Certificate of Excellence. Visit inauguralscholar.com for more information or to sign up for the next Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference.