George Mason Hosts Summer Citizenship Program

Posted: June 8, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On May 28, 30 college students from across Virginia came to George Mason for the Virginia Citizenship Institute’s (VCI) month-long summer program. The institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating young people to become involved in civic affairs. The mission of the institute’s summer program is to educate Virginia’s future leaders about the state’s political history and current political affairs, and to teach them the skills needed to influence the political process in Virginia effectively.

In addition to classroom settings in which students discuss the issues raised in assigned readings, the program features many guest lectures and workshops. Among the 30 guest lecturers appearing at this year’s summer program are Lt. Gov. John Hager, Sen. Charles Robb, and Jeff Schapiro, staff writer and columnist of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The institute recruits students who are intellectually gifted, have demonstrated leadership qualities, and expect to remain in Virginia after they graduate. VCI held its first summer program last year, in partnership with the University of Virginia.

Founded four years ago by Greg Werkheiser, who graduated this year from the University of Virginia Law School, the institute moved from Charlottesville, Va., to George Mason this spring. It is closely affiliated with the university’s Department of Public and International Affairs, and New Century College.

All of the lectures and events associated with the program are open to the public. For a listing, see the online schedule. Call the VCI staff at x34513 to indicate the lectures you plan to attend.

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