On Friday, January 15, 2016, 12 Manchester University political science students, along with their professor Dr. Leonard Williams, met at the Davis Brown Law Firm in downtown Des Moines to learn more about the democratic process, specifically the Iowa caucuses. The students were visiting Iowa for two weeks as a part of a January Term political science class. Paralegal and Manchester alumna, Natalie Rivera, hosted the students and led the discussion.
Immigration department chair, Lori T. Chesser, attended via Skype and presented on the history and current status of U.S. immigration while Natalie Rivera provided a primer on immigration procedures. Past Board of Directors President and litigation attorney, Sharon K. Malheiro stopped by to discuss civil rights issues concerning the LGBT community.
The session wrapped up with former Democratic Party Chair, Scott M. Brennan, and former Republican Party Chair, Stephen W. Roberts. They shared their experiences in the political arena and the caucus process. The two former chairs also fielded questions from the students regarding current candidates and perspectives on the current election cycle.