The inaugural class of Lloyd Gardner Fellows had a busy semester! The seminar featured numerous speakers from the advisory committee and from across the university. Additionally, the seminar hosted distinguished outside speakers.
In November, the fellows also visited the United Nations (top left). They had the opportunity to tour the UN headquarters (top right), and to visit the U.S Mission to the United Nations (bottom left), the Polish Mission to the United Nations (bottom right), and the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations (not pictured).
It was a fascinating and fulfilling day, and one that allowed the class to see how the international community thinks about and addresses issues of democratization and human rights.
In March, the students visited Washington, D.C. The first day of the trip included a tour of the Library of Congress, a behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Capitol with staff from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office, a meeting with Senator Reid (top left), and a meet-and-greet with Rutgers alum. On the second day, we had breakfast with Representative Rush Holt (NJ) in the Member's Dining Room, visited the headquarters of USA Today for a panel discussion about politics and new media (top right), and then returned to Capitol Hill for a lunch with the National Automobile Dealers Association and then a meeting with Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) in the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Conference Room (bottom left and right).
This visit to Washington, DC exposed the fellows to the wide variety of work that takes place in our nation's capital. From meeting with members of the House and Senate to journalists and lobbyists, the fellows left DC with a sophisticated understanding of the intersection between democracy and governance.
In the spring, the fellows also transitioned from seminars to independent studies, where they each work with a faculty mentor to develop a policy proposal. The work on independent studies culminated in the first annual Gardner Fellows Policy Conference, held on May 7, 2013. You can see the program for the conference, as well as read extended abstracts of the projects the fellows have been working on, here.