Pirates from around the country gathered in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 12 for Hall on the Hill, Seton Hall's annual social and networking event in Washington, D.C.
Seton Hall alumni, administrators, current students and friends of the University joined members of Congress, including this year's host Rep. Donald Payne, Rep. Albio Sires and congressional staff at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
This year's Hall on the Hill focused on three areas: the Diplomacy Internship Scholarship, the Black Men of Standard student organization and the University's Gen 1 program for first generation college students.
"Hall on the Hill features and highlights programs and offerings at Seton Hall for current and prospective students as well as members of Congress and Pirates in the Greater Washington, D.C. area and beyond," said Fahim Abedrabbo, M.P.A '12, associate director of Government Relations. "The alumni club in Washington, D.C. is one of Seton Hall's largest and most active; Hall on the Hill introduces current students to the D.C. Pirate community and some of the many opportunities our nation's capital has to offer."
Abigail Cormier '19 spoke to attendees about the Diplomacy Internship Scholarship. Cormier spent the fall semester of 2018 interning at the Washington, D.C. office of Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, as part of Seton Hall's semester in Washington program offered in conjunction with the United Nations Foundation.
Cormier told attendees about the value of her semester in Washington, including the professional connections, valuable mentoring and what she believes will be lifelong connections with other interns.
"This internship experience offered me an insider perspective, working in federal law enforcement. In fact, this experience was what led me to changing my career path," Cormier said. "I loved aspects of the job, but while I was in D.C. I had the privilege of seeing many other career paths as well. I think this is one of the most valuable aspects of a full-time internship experience: the chance to see something that you are interested in in real life."
Cormier thanked attendees for their support of the scholarship fund, which "made the D.C. program more affordable," and encouraged Pirates to continue their support.
Black Men of Standard's mission is to raise the standard of academic outcomes, performance and achievement for its members by fostering a strong relationships among its members and the University, promoting high academic achievement, increasing retention rates of male students of color and supporting the timely completion of a Seton Hall degree. Members of the Black Men of Standard met with Rep. Donald Payne to discuss Seton Hall's Upward Bound Program,leaders from Howard University and Seton Hall administrators to discuss ways to collaborate on a variety of issues and officials from the White House to discuss diversity initiatives.
Hall on the Hill attendees were able to read the stories of students in the Gen 1 program, the mission of which is to ensure that first–generation students at the University have a clear sense of belonging and an understanding of the skills they need to perform college level work. The Gen 1 program also provides resources to the parents of students to guide them throughout their student's first year of studies.
Cormier, who now plans to attend graduate school in economics, said, "Events like Hall on the Hill and the semester in Washington give Seton Hall students the best of both worlds. The South Orange campus gives us access to everything New York City has to offer, and the D.C. semester puts students at the center of politics, policy and power."
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