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June 27 , 2007
Amy Bentley-Smith

Communications & Public Affairs Assistant
(310) 243-2001

Associated Students, Inc. Officer Attends Leadership Seminar

Carson, CA Associated Students, Inc. Student Activities Commissioner Keyoshia Ray was among 28 student leaders from throughout the California State University system who took part in Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Eight Annual Student Leadership Seminar earlier this month.

The eight-day seminar featured topics on leadership as it relates to local politics, ethics, business and economics, as well such courses as “Leadership and Crisis from the Congressional Perspective” and “Students Attitudes Towards Policies and Public Service.” A cross section of local, regional and national leaders, in both the private and public sectors, served as guest speakers, including former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Nom Mineta and former California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson.

Ray, who will be entering her third year at California State University, Dominguez Hills in the fall as a communications major, has been involved in student government since she was in high school in Arizona. Taking on a leadership role is her social activism, her way of making a difference, she said.

“I felt that if I wanted to see change, I had to not just sit and complain, but get involved and create the change,” said Ray.

Recently elected vice president of academic affairs, Ray said she was glad to be invited to the seminar.

“The Panetta Institute was a great experience. I learned a number of great things that will help me to become a better leader. I wish that all the leaders on campus were able to attend such a prestigious leadership seminar.

Located on the California State University, Monterey Bay campus, the Panetta Institute was established in 1998 as a non-partisan center for the study of public policy. It serves the entire CSU system, providing students with a number of opportunities, such as the leadership seminar, to study government, politics and public policy.

For more information on the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, visit www.panettainstitute.org or call (831) 582-4200.

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Located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, California State University, Dominguez Hills is the most diverse of the CSU campuses, and according to U.S. News & World Report, one of the most diverse in the west among universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. CSUDH offers 43 undergraduate majors and 23 master’s degrees as well as multiple subject and single subject teaching credentials. On the campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse and cycling.

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