Public Information Officer
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 29, 2004
DALE RIDE INTERNS TO SERVE IN WHITE HOUSE,
Four outstanding Santa Monica College students
have been selected for the prestigious Dale Ride Internship program and
will serve in the White House, U.S. Congress and National Institutes of
Health this summer.
The interns – who come from a wide variety
of backgrounds and interests – will gain valuable experience through
the eight-week summer internship program, believed to be unique for a
community college. Interns receive stipends to cover transportation, housing
and other expenses.
The program – which in 12 years has sent
71 students (excluding this year's group) to the White House, Congress
and other agencies – is underwritten by the SMC Foundation President’s
Circle, Stratton-Petit Foundation, US Bank and Verizon. Other contributors
are the Dale Ride Family Fund and the SMC Associates, a private community
support organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus.
The interns and their assignments are:
• Sanam Dabir-Babakan
of Los Angeles, who will be in the office of U.S.
Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.). A certified
paralegal, she is a women's studies major who has made the SMC Dean’s
List and is a member of the Women’s College Association and Black
Collegians. A native of Iran who was raised in the United States, she
volunteers with Project Angel Food, working with the elderly. She plans
to become a lawyer, serving underprivileged minority women and children.
• Juanett Davis
of Los Angeles, who will serve in the office of House
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
President-elect of the SMC Associated Students, she is a broadcast journalism
major who is active with the Venice/Santa Monica chapter of the NAACP
and with student government. A recipient of the Jean Litsy O’Brien
Scholarship, she has been named to the National Dean’s List. She
plans to transfer to USC’s Annenberg School of Communication with
the goal of working in television.
• Ray Emanuel
of Santa Monica, who will serve at the National Institutes of Health
in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington, D.C. A biology major, he
is the president of SMC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has
served as the Associated Students’ director of financial support.
A native of Burma who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a family
that could not afford health insurance, he plans to go into the field
of health administration, with an emphasis on health care policy and
• Terez McCall
of Los Angeles, who will serve her internship at The
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.
A sociology and women’s studies major, she is a member of SMC’s
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Black Collegians and is vice president
of the Women’s College Students Association. A native of South
Central Los Angeles, Terez hopes to work for the U.S. Department of
Education, concentrating on increasing post-secondary enrollment, especially
among disadvantaged youth.
The internship program was established in 1991
in the memory of a man who had a long and distinguished career as an educator,
administrator and public servant. Ride taught political science and served
in administrative posts at SMC for 33 years until his death in September
1989 at the age of 67.
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