Political Science Club 2022-2023

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                 Wesley Newhart, Edwin Madrid, Jeffery Schmehl, Katie DeFant

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Katie DeFantKatie DeFant (she/her)

Major: Political Science Major with a concentration in American Politics and a minor in Global Policy.

Year: 4th

Position: President

Bio:I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Prior to transferring to Cal Poly, I attended Folsom Lake College, where I solidified my passion for politics and discovered my interest in policy writing. Aside from my involvement in student life, I enjoy getting involved in local political campaigns. Most recently, I worked as a Deputy Field Organizer for the Kermit Jones for Congress campaign, where I learned the importance of mobilizing and empowering voters. Outside of school and professional life, I enjoy shooting film photography, going on spontaneous adventures, baking, and reading murder mystery novels. 

Role: As President, I’m in charge of running meetings, delegating duties, and serving as a liaison between ASI and Political Science club.

Most Excited for in the Upcoming Year: I’m most excited for Political Science majors, minors, and everyone in between to have an opportunity to build community. I hope the Political Science club will serve as an avenue for everyone to build comradery and seek professional development alongside faculty, staff and other politically driven students. 

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Eddie Madrid (he/his)
Edwin Madrid

Major: Political Science Major with a minor in Law & Society Minor

Year: 4th

Position: Vice-President

Bio: I’m from Fullerton, California, just a short drive from Disneyland. Aside from my involvement in the political science club, I am also part of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law co-ed fraternity. Some of my interests are hiking, reading, cooking, and going on road trips. 

Role: As vice president, I help the president of the club plan and execute events. I also help the rest of the officers when needed.

Most Excited for in the Upcoming year: I am looking forward to building the club up, meeting new members, cultivating a political atmosphere for all parties, and having events throughout the year.

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Jeffrey Schmehl (he/his)Jeffery Schmehl

Major: Political Science major with a concentration in American Politics and a minor in Law and Society 

Year: 4th

Position: Treasurer 

Bio: I am from Lake Forest, California, which is wedged between Irvine and Mission Viejo in Orange County. Before coming to Cal Poly, I attended Santiago Canyon College in Orange. Apart from my role in the POLS club, I am a member of the Philosophy Club and the Undergraduate Law Association. Outside of classes, I love to play hockey, collect and play guitars, and relax by the ocean.   

Role: As Treasurer, I oversee the financial aspect of the club. I place orders for club supplies and anything else that is required. I also ensure that the club is following the correct financial procedure. 

Most Excited for in Upcoming Year: I am very excited to meet and build relationships with fellow politically minded students of all academic backgrounds here at Cal Poly. I am also looking forward to the many events that we have planned throughout this upcoming year!

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Wesley Ahumada Newhart POLS ClubWesley Ahumada Newhart (he/his)

Major: Political Science major with a concentration in Global Politics and a double minor in City and Regional Planning and Spanish

Year: 4th

Position: Communications and Outreach Chair

Bio: I am from Helena, Montana, and transferred from Montana State University to Cal Poly in 2021. In addition to my duties in the Political Science (POLS) club, I am also a student intern in the Office of Univ. Diversity and Inclusion, an intern with the Lanhee Chen for Controller 2022 campaign, and will be participating in a Cal Poly Global Program in Valladolid, Spain with Professor Arceneaux in the fall of 2022. In my free time, I enjoy reading, swimming, hiking, and traveling.  

Role: As the Communications and Outreach chair, I manage our webpage, run our social media accounts, and publicize our meetings and events to our network. I also work closely with other officers on strategic growth initiatives and planning and promoting events throughout the year.

Most Excited for in Upcoming Year: I am excited to work with my fellow board members to create a fun and useful resource for political science people. I am also excited to meet the other PolySci nerds of Cal Poly and have a great year of events, speakers, and friends!

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