The McCarthy Fellowship from a Dominican University Perspective

Navi Dhaliwal

Navi Dhaliwal
2015 McCarthy Fellow
Office of California State Senator Jerry Hill, District 13

The McCarthy Fellowship is clearly a perfect match for someone, like me, who had an interest in public policy and the passion to make the world a better place ––– a notion which former legislator and Center founder, Leo McCarthy shared.My journey to this program has definitely been an interesting one. As one of two Dominican University students participating this summer, this fellowship is an opportunity to try new things and help create a bond that connects two phenomenal learning institutions, Dominican and USF, together. I was encouraged by both faculty and staff to apply for an experience that would instill life long lessons and skills.

Political science courses at my University put more of an emphasis on federal government and the legislation that occurs within Congress. Having skipped over the state/local government curriculum all together, I wanted to make sure that I had at least one class that would result in gaining an understanding about the specific sector of American politics, that is state and local government.

As an incoming student body president, my desire to lead Dominican’s students is motivated by the McCarthy Fellowship. It is proving to be a choice that will pay off immensely. Not only am I learning about California’s legislation process and the politics that surround it but I also have the opportunity to work along side the state’s decision makers.

Working in Senator Jerry Hill’s office so far has made me both confident and comfortable in my consideration to choose public service as a potential career path. Having role models, including his staff as well as the Senator, who encourage me to sit in on meetings and take part in legislative work has proven to be an enriching experience so far and its just the beginning!

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