From the Drum Major Institute:

Last weekend, the 2011 class of DMI Scholars traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Winter Institute, our annual convening that gives our Scholars exposure to the D.C. policy world. The Scholars also receive additional training to continue cultivating their research, writing and professional development skills.

DMI Scholars Winter Institute

2011 DMI Scholars Krystle Gonzalez, Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, Brandon Storm, Felix Navarro, Jannelly La Hoz, Enrique Lopez and Ivan Rahman (left to right)

Throughout the weekend, the Scholars met with progressive leaders from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Center for Community Change, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Department of Labor. In each discussion, the Scholars asked probing questions and received valuable career advice from an impressive group of federal policy changemakers.

To further build their skills, our Scholars participated in a speed memo workshop, attended mock job interviews, and engaged in a debate on New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. In addition, Alyssa Best from The Op-Ed Project conducted an interactive session on how to write, pitch and craft an argument.

DMI Scholars Winter Institute

DMI Scholars with Alyssa Best (pictured at center)

The Scholars also attended workshops designed to analyze their personal and professional strengths and received individualized career advice to put into practice as they continue to work in public service and public policy.

DMI Scholars is DMI’s answer to the urgent need for a pipeline dedicated to guiding talented young people into the field of public policy. Our mission is to increase and diversify the pool of strong candidates that enters key professions in the field, better equipping the progressive movement to affect lasting policy reforms.

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