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Alumni Advisory Board

Mary Harris MPP alum
Mary A. Harris
(Political Science, '80)
Chair, Alumni Advisory Board


Greetings to all Political Science Department alumni! 

It has been a fun and productive year so far for the Alumni Advisory Board. Members have actively assisted in: organizing and participating in panels for the College of Liberal Arts Career Fair; inviting a local congressional representative to speak to the board and current students about “A Day in the Life of a Congressional Staffer”; building our social networking profile; introducing the Mock Trial officers to the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association to create networking and mentoring opportunities for the students in the Mock Trial program; and working with the Political Science Club on planning collaborative events, such as community forums and student networking receptions. 

I am continually impressed with the caliber of students in the department, and it makes me grateful that I was admitted back in the old days, since I’m not sure I’d even get into Cal Poly now! The faculty is similarly stellar, with fascinating course offerings, research projects and numerous accolades to their credit. 

The Political Science Club has started a database of potential mentors, resources for students, and internship and job opportunities, and I encourage all of you to add your names to the talent bank. Your involvement can be at any level that works for you, whether it’s for a 15-minute chat about what it’s like to teach at the secondary school level or how to pick the right area of law to go into. Or perhaps you know of internship or job openings in your field. I’m sure you all remember how rewarding it was as a student for someone to take an interest in you, and now is your chance to return the favor! To be added to the database, please email me at 




We’d love to hear from you and keep you connected to the Cal Poly Political Science Department! If you have an update you’d like to share, please email If you’re interested in being more involved with the department, please consider becoming a Friend of the Board. You can get more information on the alumni board at

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