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Notes from the Field: Yaritza Gonzalez '15


Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Yaritza Gonzalez '15

Internship Organization: White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics – Washington, DC

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics was established to remove the educational disparities within the Latino community by developing, implementing, and coordinating policies. The WHIEEH also forms partnerships with several organizations and agencies to increase awareness of the programs and resources available to the community.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

RLF Recap: Intercultural Communication with Professor Anguiano

This past Thursday, RLF had the pleasure of welcoming Claudia Anguiano from Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. Professor Anguiano’s session covered the importance of critically examining how we let impressions shape our understanding of others as well as the types of attribution errors we naturally make when communicating. Among these problems are our tendencies to judge others off of our own behaviors, attribute others’ mistakes to fundamental flaws, and outweighing positive attributes with negative memories of or experiences with a person.

The Fellows broke out into a group activity which allowed us to experience firsthand the frustration of trying to have a discussion when our goals and attitudes did not align with those of the other side. The lessons learned were extremely relevant given the Freedom Budget and the increased campus activism around bridging diverse groups in discussion and problem-solving.

Notes from the Field: Mark Sheridan '15

Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Mark Sheridan’15

Internship Organization: League of Conservation Voters – Washington, DC 

Make the Most of Your Interim With Rocky’s Create Your Path Program

Between academics and extra-curricular activities, Dartmouth college students may find it difficult to reflect on their experiences as often as they would like to. The Rockefeller Center’s Create Your Path program is meant to help students – regardless of major or interest - evaluate their strengths, passions and values in developing a strategy to organize their capabilities and capitalize on their interests at Dartmouth and beyond. Facilitated by Dr. Darin Eich, founder of InnovationLearning.org, Create Your Path is a guide that provides students with a clearer vision on choosing academic majors, student groups and co-curricular activities, as well as future careers, graduate schools and scholarships.  

Notes from the Field: Jennifer Dalecki '15


Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Jennifer Dalecki '15 

Internship Organization: Department of Justice: Office of International Affairs – Washington, DC

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch? 
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) provides assistance on international criminal matters to the Attorney General, other Department of Justice officials, the U.S. Attorneys offices, and state and local prosecutors. OIA coordinates the extradition or other legal rendition of international fugitives and all international evidence gathering. 

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization? 

"System Dynamics in Policy Design and Analysis" - ENGS 18 Project Symposium

"System Dynamics in Policy Design and Analysis," designated ENGS 18, is a course at the Thayer School of Engineering that introduces systems dynamics, an approach to policy design and analysis based upon feedback principles and computer simulation. Goals of this approach are to gain better understanding of such problem behaviors and to design policies aimed at improving them.

Students in ENGS 18 have been diligently working all term learning this new method of thinking and the Project Symposium provides students the opportunity to share their hard work with the rest of campus. 

Students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Dartmouth Community are invited to attend the symposium, which is open to the public from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Attendees are not required to stay the entire two hours, and are invited to ask students questions about their project topics.

MLDP Recap: Approaching Other Cultures with an Open Mind

I’m scheduled to board a plane to Paris to study abroad in less than a month. Since I will be spending ten weeks living with a host family, navigating French life and improving my language fluency, it is important for me to learn about how to approach these situations effectively. During this MLDP session, titled Developing a Global Mindset, Christianne Hardy Wohlforth emphasized how to develop an awareness of intercultural differences and how to operate effectively in different cultural contexts. In order to do so, it’s important to distinguish between understanding cultural differences and incorporating sensitivity to these differences into our behavior.

Notes from the Field: Grace Sollender '15


Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Grace Sollender '15 

Internship Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) - Atlanta, GA 

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch? 
The CDC is a federal governmental agency charged with protecting public health and safety by controlling and preventing disease, injury, and disability. The NCIRD is specifically responsible for preventing disease, disability, and death through immunization and by control of respiratory and related diseases. 

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization? 

Notes from the Field: Ester Cross '15

Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Ester Cross '15 

Internship Organization: Civil Rights Division with Massachusetts Attorney General's Office – Boston, MA 

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch? 
The Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office enforces state and federal laws to correct civil rights abuses and prevent future violations. The Division handles discrimination cases in support of vulnerable Massachusetts populations. 

CANCELED: Alex Castellanos Visits Dartmouth to Present a New Vision for the Republican Party

CANCELED DUE TO WORK EMERGENCY FOR MR. CASTELLANOS

According to a recent Gallup poll, the favorability for the U.S. Republican Party has sunken to the record low of 28 percentage points – the lowest rating for either party ever recorded. A question on many people’s minds is: what can the Republican Party do to gain more traction with voters? Could a rebrand of the party itself lead to a reversal of this polarization?

Alex Castellanos, founding partner of Purple Strategies and founder of NewRepublican.org, has a number of interesting perspectives on the challenges facing the Republican Party and what it might take to transform its future.

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