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Partnership Offers Legislative Research Fellowships

by Web on January 17, 2017

Three Millsaps College students will have an opportunity this semester to see up close how the Mississippi Legislature works and to provide support for members of the Legislature.

The inaugural class of Millsaps–Women’s Foundation Mississippi Legislative Fellows includes Grace McWatters, a senior who is majoring in economics with a minor in business administration; Kendall Hardy, a junior who is majoring in political science with communication studies, history, and American studies minors; and Emily Hussey, a junior who is majoring in communications studies with a political science minor.

For the 2017 session, fellows will provide support for members of the Mississippi House and Senate Democratic Caucuses, including legislative and policy research, monitoring bills in committees, and working directly with the legislators within all facets of the lawmaking process. The fellowship will last throughout the 2017 legislative session and will include meetings and seminars with elected leaders, policy experts, Millsaps political science department faculty, as well as members and staff of the Women’s Foundation.

The fellows receive a stipend for their work through the generosity of an anonymous donor who is interested in promoting women’s involvement in politics and public life in Mississippi.

Kenneth Townsend, assistant professor of political science at Millsaps and executive director of the Millsaps Institute for Civic & Professional Engagement, noted, “We at Millsaps are delighted by this development in the College’s relationship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi and are grateful to the anonymous donor who has recognized the importance of engaging more women in politics in our state.”