Alexa Acquista is hoping that her experience at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. (March 2-5, 2016) will help will help her bring a new organization to campus. She was chosen by Turning Point USA to attend the conference, and she hopes to bring a Turning Point chapter to the University of Dallas. “Turning Point is a national non-profit with chapters in campuses across the country,” Acquista said. “Their mission is to educate and organize students to promote conservative values.”
At the CPAC meeting, Acquista attended lectures and policy panels on a variety of topics, including crime and foreign policy. “One thing that surprised me was hearing different approaches to the issues,” she said. “Although the panels and speakers represented conservative views, there were many different opinions on how to solve the problems.”
Acquista also attended leadership seminars and connected with representatives from organizations that sponsor similar conferences. “I learned a lot that I can bring back to campus,” she said.
With the endorsement of the Politics Department, Acquista received a University of Dallas Experience Award to offset the costs of attending the CPAC conference. UDE Awards encourage students to engage in activities in which they will present themselves professionally in pursuit of their vocational goals. Speak with your advisor and consult the UD website (http://udallas.edu/qep/ude/) for specific details about the application process.