By Rachel Winter
Today at 3 p.m. at the Bronco Student Center in Ursa Major,
former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis will be giving a
speech titled “Public Service, a Great Career.”
Sponsored by the dean of College of Letters, Arts & Social
Sciences and organized by the Political Science department and
Master of Public Administration, Dukakis’ speech will address
career choices students can make in the public service realm.
The speech will also give attendees Dukakis’ views on the
benefits of public service.
Vanessa Naccara, a fourth-year entertainment marketing student,
said it will be insightful for students who are interested in the
field to go.
Dukakis served three terms as the governor of Massachusetts with
his first term ranging from 1975-1979, and his final two terms
ranging from 1983-1991.
During his second run as governor, Dukakis ran for president as
the Democratic nominee against republican candidate George H.W.
After losing the election, Dukakis finished his term as
governor, and went on to become a professor of political science at
Northeastern University in Boston.
Dukakis is also a visiting professor in the Department of Public
Policy at the School of Public Affairs atUCLA.
Dukakis has a passion for public service and has shown his
support for public transportation and universal healthcare.
Carol Richardson, dean of C.L.A.S.S., said Dukakis has been an
active member of the public service realm for a very long time and
he will have some insight to share.
“He’s been around for a while, and he should have some
interesting anecdotal stories that will enrich [attendees] views,
as well as give a window to his outlook,” said Richardson.
While not all careers in the public service realm require
degrees, many more may require some form of education.
With the job market down, students hope Dukakis’ speech may help
them open doors and think more about future careers they could get
“I think it sounds good,” said Miriam Gomez, a second-year
biology student. “It helps in offering job opportunities for other
people. It brings other ideas, especially with being here at
school, you don’t always think outside the box.”
Although many students may not think of public service as a
career choice, many will serve the public in their own way.
“Life is about service, and there are different ways to serve,”
said Richardson. “We are social animals and we like to serve
Richardson also said that with students, especially
undergraduates, many of them may change their minds a couple of
times before getting into what they really want to do and that many
people look into living for a bigger cause than their bank
“I think it’s cool that Cal Poly [Pomona] got somebody that has
a legit political background,” said Naccara.
Dukakis to visit CPP today
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