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Hofstra Students Reap Rewards of Educate ’08 and the Presidential Debate

Kate Legnetti

Jamison, PA


Political science and history major
Minor in international affairs
Student Government Association comptroller
University Senate
Center for Civic Engagement intern
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Following her passion for being an informed citizen,  Kate volunteered for the Educate ’08 student planning committee early on.

“Every single issue that is at stake during this election will have a direct impact on my generation and it is our responsibility to make sure that this nation embraces its strengths and works to improve its weaknesses. No matter where I go in life, I will take with me the sense of political efficacy that this initiative has given me, and I will always be a more engaged and informed citizen because of it,” said Kate. “The James Carville, Mary Matalin was one of the best events of the Educate ’08 lineup…I think that event showed the Hofstra community that it doesn’t matter where on the political spectrum you fall, as long as you are informed and involved in the political process!”

Beyond the Educate ’08 events, it is members of the Hofstra faculty who have inspired Kate during her years on campus. “Professor [Cynthia] Bogard of the Center for Civic Engagement is someone who I admire for the impact she has made on the lives of students. Her sense of urgency in educating students, making sure that they know the issues, that they are registered to vote, and that they experience the full spectrum of ideas and opinions I believe make her not only an outstanding professor, but an exceptional citizen and person.”

She expanded her political knowledge and experience after being awarded an opportunity by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to attend this year’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. Concluding a week of lectures, guest speakers and group meetings the Hofstra student stood amidst a sea of people to witness Senator Barack Obama address the country and accept the Democratic nomination. “Being able to be at INVESCO Field on the night that Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech is an experience that I will always remember. The almost 80,000 people in the stadium had driven from all over the country to see the historic moment and you feel the hope and the energy of everyone there.”

Participating in Educate ’08 events has reinforced Kate’s goal of becoming involved in politics after pursuing her graduate degree in either public affairs or political science.

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