Close Up Trip Connects with Alumna in Washington, DC

Close Up Trip Connects with Alumna in Washington, DC

Sarah Brown Dirkes (left) meets with Close Up students and their advisor Richard Gannon.

A contingency of students and their club advisor Richard Gannon attended the national Close Up conference in Washington, D.C.

They met with Representative Chris Collins, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and staff members from Representative Louise Slaughter's office.

They also found time to meet with Albion Alum Sarah Brown Dirkes (Class of 2005).  Dirkes is the Director of External Relations for the American Farm Bureau and always makes time to meet Albion students during their trip to Washington.

Close Up is a national program that is designed to give students an “inside look at democracy in action.” 

Students come together from all across the country to learn more about our government and history through lectures, tours, debates and interactive workshops.

Students participated in mock congress. Each student was assigned to a student-led committee to participate in debates, decide if a bill should be sent to the floor, vote on bills, and create amendments. 

They also found time to visit notable monuments and Capitol Hill. 

All in all, the week was an eye opening experience for the students on how our government process works at the federal level.