Dec. 22, 2014 – Two students at Allegheny College, Imani Prince and Brianna Cusanno, have been selected as Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassadors for 2015.

A Vote Everywhere Ambassador completes a year-long paid internship with the Andrew Goodman Foundation at the Ambassador’s college campus. By building a community of civically engaged peers, Ambassadors help lead national conversations about today’s critical civil rights and social justice issues.

Ambassadors receive training in civil rights and voting rights within a historical context, voter registration and education, community organizing and coalition building, and campaigning and advocating for social issues. They practice those skills on their college campuses through voter registration drives, voter education events and similar activities.

Imani_PrinceA junior at Allegheny College, Imani Prince is double majoring in political science and studio art with a minor in French. She is president of the college’s Association for the Advancement of Black Culture and also works as a program assistant for the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success, which serves students through academic support services, programs, research and planned activities. She plans to pursue a career in political activism through creative expression including drama, the visual arts and writing.

Brianna_CusannoBrianna Cusanno is a junior majoring in global health and minoring in political science. She has served as a public policy intern with Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Elizabeth Warren. She currently works as a social media and outreach coordinator for the college’s Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success. She hopes to pursue a career in health policy or radio journalism. (more…)


Allegheny College Senior Pasquale DiFrancesco Chosen for House Legislative Program

Dec. 15, 2014 — Allegheny College senior Pasquale DiFrancesco, of Wexford, Pa., has been awarded a Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship for 13 weeks beginning January 12, 2015.

The highly competitive fellowship program places students in leadership offices, such as offices of committee chairmen, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. DiFrancesco will be placed in the office of Democratic Whip Mike Hanna. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to weekly workshops with key thinkers, planners and decision makers.

Fellows attend committee hearings and meetings as well as House Sessions. The final project for each fellow is to research, draft and present a piece of legislation.

“The experiences gained by participating in this fellowship will only further increase the value of my degree from Allegheny College to potential employers and graduate schools,” said DiFrancesco. “At this point in my college career, I believe the fellowship experience will provide me with exactly the skills and connections I need to further my educational and professional goals.” (more…)