Oxy Poli-Cast
Episode 8 - Campaign Semester with Dr. Regina Freer and Natalie Martinez '21
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Dr. Regina Freer / Occidental College

Every two years Occidental students leave campus for competitive elections across the country to work full time as campaign staff, bringing what they’ve learned in the classroom to bear on the real world work of politics and bringing their experiences on the campaign trail back to the classroom. I sat down with Dr. Regina Freer, Professor in the Politics department and one of the faculty coordinators of the Campaign Semester program, and Natalie Martinez, a rising senior who participated in the program in 2018. Professor Freer has been overseeing this program since it’s inception, and Natalie worked for Mikie Sherril’s successful election in the New Jersey 11th. We talked about the unique experiences that students can gain from the program, how it translates to both academic studies and work beyond politics, and advice for students considering the program

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