The Gift of Going To Washington

A recent graduate sends a public policy student to the nation's capital.

Joshua Allenberg ’15 is busy as a first-year law student at Duquesne University, but his schedule doesn’t dissuade him from giving back to his alma mater. He recently established the Joshua Allenberg Fund for Applied Political Science, supporting experiential learning and professional development for undergraduate political science majors.

“The political process and the use of political machinery is the best way to create the greatest good for the most people, and I want to help Carlow students be a part of it,” Allenberg says.

He says Carlow’s liberal arts curriculum raised his awareness of global issues and helped him to become well-rounded.

“One class in particular, Women’s Studies, with Dr. Katie Hogan, awakened my interest in women’s issues in the law. That’s something I hope to pursue after law school,” Allenberg says, adding that he’s “been truly inspired by my women classmates in their work both locally and globally. Their work has been transformative in improving communities and other people’s lives.”

Thanks to Allenberg’s fund, Carlow student Lauren Ewing traveled to Washington, D.C. this past January for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Women in Public Policy Seminar. Ewing is a political science and psychology major, with minors in public policy, and leadership and social change.

PLEN prepares college women for leadership roles in the public policy field.

Ewing shared her experiences with students in the Introduction to Public Policy course, taught by Assistant Professor of Social Work Jessica Friedrichs, MSW, MPA.

“I want to become an advocate for better mental health care,” Ewing says. “I had thought about going the traditional psychology route and treating people one-on-one. However, I realized I always enjoyed the politics game, and if I worked hard enough, I could make even bigger change on a national level.”

She adds: “I have learned how to be more confident in myself. All these lessons are ones that I will carry with me for a lifetime, and I am more sure than ever that I can make my dream a reality.”

By Ann Lyon Ritchie