OGDEN, Utah – Former members of the House of Representatives Charles Djou, R-Hawaii, and Richard Stallings, D-Idaho, will encourage Weber State University students to get involved in the democratic process as part of the Congress to Campus program Feb. 4 and 5.
The program, created by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, sends bipartisan teams to universities around the country to educate and inspire students to consider careers in public service and a lifetime of civic engagement.
WSU’s events, which are all open to the public, begin Feb. 4 when the former congressmen will meet with various political science classes, student government leaders and clubs. The day includes a brown-bag lunch in Social Science Room 237 at 11:30 a.m. The lunch, co-sponsored by the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service, will focus on political internships.
On Feb. 5 at 8:50 a.m. Djou and Stallings will meet with students in an American government course at the DaVinci Academy (2033 Grant Ave., Ogden). They will return to WSU at 10:30 a.m. to meet with students associated with the Community Involvement Center and the American Democracy Project, groups which are cosponsoring the campus visit.
“The Congress to Campus program allows students to have an honest conversation about how Congress works,” said Leah Murray, associate professor of political science. “They don’t have to worry about getting any kind of bias or polish; the members are no longer running and will talk honestly.”
Djou represented Hawaii’s First Congressional District from 2010-11. He is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan from 2011-12. Stallings, who graduated from Weber State College in 1965, represented Idaho’s Second Congressional District from 1985-93.
“It is good for Congress because they have such a low rating right now,” Murray said.
“This way, citizens can get to know those who have served personally and gain increased respect for them and the institution.”
Visit weber.edu/leadership/adp for the full schedule of events. For more information on the Congress to Campus program, visit stennis.gov/programs/congress-to-campus. Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.