Student Engagement

Student Engagement

PublicSquare has established relationships with five local colleges/graduate institutions and two local high schools.The seminars include high school students and government teachers and undergraduates and faculty in various disciplines from UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, CSU Channel Islands, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara High School, and San Marcos High School. College students and professors supplement their curricula with the readings and seminars we offer. We also make our free podcasts available to professors, teachers, and students. Student participants, drawn from diverse economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds, leave the seminars with a deeper understanding of current issues and ways to resolve them cooperatively. Student Fellows complement their PublicSquare experience by pursuing internships in congressional offices and civic organizations, and organizing on-campus student dialogues.

PublicSquare 2018-2019 Student Fellows

Abby Carbone

Abby Carbone

CSU Channel Islands
Psychology major
Newara Brosnan‑Faltas

Newara Brosnan‑Faltas

Santa Barbara City College
Political Science major
Nayab Iqbal

Nayab Iqbal

UC Santa Barbara
Political Science major
Haley Kittleson

Haley Kittleson

Santa Barbara City College
Political Science major
Jamie Lindley

Jamie Lindley

CSU Channel Islands
Political Science major
Brianna Newport

Brianna Newport

Westmont College
Political Science major
Maddie Weicht

Maddie Weicht

Westmont College
Political Science major

PublicSquare 2017-2018 Student Fellows

Tess Karls

Tess Karls

UC Santa Barbara
Political Science major

“As a Political Science major at the University of California Santa Barbara, PublicSquare provides a unique opportunity to further my education and interest in politics through seminars about current political issues. PublicSquare allows me to engage with experienced professionals and helps me take steps towards my future goal of working in politics. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to attend PublicSquare’s inspiring events.”

Mikayla Domingo

Mikayla Domingo

Santa Barbara City College
Political Science major

“PublicSquare raised questions central to my understanding the fundamentals of present day American democracy, and sparked in-depth conversations unwrapping the implications that pressing current affairs may have on its foundation, direction, and future. The seminar’s socratic method of discussion allows for the conversation to expand and explore different elements of a specific topic, and provides a deeply analytical approach. I am grateful to my college professor, Dr. Eskandari, for introducing me to such an important organization that helped transform my thinking about our democracy and civic responsibility.”

Alex Madajian

Alex Madajian

Santa Barbara City College
Political Science major

“The speakers are well chosen, for the right reasons, at the right time.  As a student, it is an incredible opportunity to hear the thoughts of world-renown intellectuals for free. The great diversity of opinions expressed during the discussions inspires everyone to consider new perspectives.  As a millennial, and chairman of my college’s Critical Thinking Project, I actively seek out new and diverse viewpoints, and Public Square gives me exactly what I need to grow in my education. The work of PublicSquare will forever leave Santa Barbara a better place.”

Matt Esguerra

Matt Esguerra

Santa Barbara City College
Political Science major

“PublicSquare has become the second facet to my college classroom experience. Not only do its seminars explore the fundamental ideas I’ve learned about in my political science classes, but they expand on them to a degree I hadn’t experienced before. From talks by Constitutional scholars like Jeff Rosen on the Federalist Paper #10 to Political Scientists like Elaine Kamarck on the presidential nomination system, PublicSquare have truly created a much more holistic learning environment for me. With a wide array of speakers, topics, and opinions, my interests in the democratic process and civic engagement has been greatly enriched.”