Public Information Officer
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 25, 2006
DALE RIDE INTERNS TO SERVE IN CONGRESS
Three outstanding Santa Monica College students
have been selected for the prestigious Dale Ride Internship program and
will serve in the U.S. Congress 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 14 years has sent 55 students (excluding this year's group) to
the White House, Congress and other agencies – is sponsored by the
Dale Ride Family Fund , SMC Foundation President’s
Circle, Stratton-Petit Foundation, and the
a community relations support organization that funds speakers and special
programs on campus.
The interns and
their assignments are:
Afolabi of Beverly Hills, who will be
in the office of U.S. Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald
(D-Torrance). A political science major, Afolabi hails from Togo in
West Africa and is the president of the SMC Associated Students. She
is also a member of the Pan African Student Union and the college’s
honor societies Alpha Gamma Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa. She is transferring
either to UCLA or Occidental College in Eagle Rock this fall and plans
to work for UNICEF as a lawyer, defending the rights of children.
Ogida of Santa Monica, who will serve
in the office of U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano
(D-Norwalk). A communications major who is from Osaka, Japan, Ogida
Ogida will transfer this fall to UCLA, UC Berkeley or USC. He hopes
to have a career dedicated to battling conflicts, discrimination and
war through improvements in mass media. He is a member of the college’s
honor societies Alpha Gamma Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa.
Saad of Santa Monica, who will serve with
U.S. Rep. Diane Watson
(D-Culver City). Originally from Mobile, Ala., she plans to be an attorney
and work to increase political participation and access. A political
science major, she has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and will return
to SMC this fall.
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
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