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Student Policy Organization Nominated for Best National Chapter

CONWAY, Ark. (July 27, 2014) – The Hendrix College student chapter of Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, a national student-run think tank affiliated with the Roosevelt Institute, was recently nominated for best chapter of the year.

“As a small and young chapter, we have worked to engage Hendrix students in progressive public policy tirelessly and the effort has paid off,” said chapter member Jill Nguyen ’15.

Nguyen, an international relations major from Hanoi, Vietnam, was chosen as a Summer Academy Fellow in Washington, D.C., and was chosen for the group’s leadership team as external engagement coordinator for the southern region. She will present her policy proposal this summer at the D.C. Policy Expo.

Other recent Hendrix Roosevelt Institute Campus Network student accomplishments include:

  • Peter Butler ’17 and Anna King ’17 advocated for state-funded after-school programs in struggling schools. They wrote the proposal for the Roosevelt’s 10 Ideas series, a publication of 60 best policy ideas from chapters and members across the United States. They co-wrote a letter to Gov. Mike Beebe to advocate for state-funded after-school programs in Arkansas and recently met with the Governor’s policy director in the spring to discuss their proposal. 
  • Chirag Lala ’17, the Hendrix chapter’s policy coordinator, was published in the national 10 Ideas journal.
  • Meredith Morrison ’15 was nominated to serve on the student board of advisors.

The Best Chapter of the Year winner will be announced later this year at the Hyde Park Leadership Summit at the FDR Presidential Library.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit