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Pluralism and politics: An optimistic hypothesis

In just a few days, winter quarter will be a fading memory and I will be on a plane to Washington, D.C.—the spring break destination of every Political Science major’s dreams. Over a year ago, my close friend Eliza Steffen ’20 and I decided to apply to lead a brand-new class for Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a program that offers a variety of intensive service-learning trips centered on a particular issue area or community experience. By integrating some of our favorite Political Science coursework with insights from advocacy experiences in our own faith communities, we sketched out an aspirational syllabus and itinerary for “Pluralism and Politics: Exploring Faith-Based Advocacy in American Society. ” To our pleasant surprise, the ASB team took a chance on our brainchild; a Google Doc that we’d dreamed up during spring break 2018 was to become a 1-unit course and weeklong trip for up to a dozen students.

Q&A: SIG Chair Olivia Martin ’19 on the organization’s role on campus

Earlier this month, Stanford in Government (SIG) — the Haas Center-affiliated, non-partisan organization that is one of the largest student groups on campus — named economics major Olivia Martin ’19 as its Chair for the 2018-19 school year. The Daily sat down with Martin to discuss her history in SIG, her goals for the organization and its role in Stanford’s political climate.