Rotimi Adeoye ’18 was named a College Debate Delegate earlier this year as part of a national, nonpartisan effort working with undergraduate students from across the country to make younger generations’ voices heard in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Led by Dominican University of California, a Voter Education Partner for the Commission on Presidential Debates, the initiative brought together undergraduates from 150 colleges to identify the issues that matter to young voters, and to empower their generation to become involved in the political process.
In September, Adeoye attended the 2016 College Convention, a forum focused on discussion regarding national youth issues. The final product was a memo to the moderators of the 2016 Presidential Debates that contained specific questions the College Delegates wanted the candidates to address.
A political science major with a minor in public policy studies, Adeoye also attended a planning and training session at Dominican in early June, organizing events and outreach efforts for college campuses. The program focused on promoting civil discourse, responsible digital citizenry, avoiding stereotypes and assumptions, while focusing on the issues instead of party politics.
This past summer, Adeoye interned with Angerholzer Broz Consulting in Washington, D.C., frequently working on Capitol Hill as well as visiting the White House.
In 2015, he worked as a political affairs intern with the Truman National Security Project. He discovered the opportunity to intern with Truman during the summer of 2014, when he worked as an organizing fellow on Kevin Strouse’s grassroots campaign for U.S. Congress. Recognizing Adeoye’s interest in foreign policy and law, Strouse, a veteran and Truman Project member, recommended that he apply for the internship.