Richard Davis, a Southeastern Louisiana University senior, has been chosen as one of only 13 university students from across the state to participate in the Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government.
A native of Slidell, Davis is a middle school education major and former president of Southeastern’s Student Government Association (SGA). He has also served as a student member of the University of Louisiana System (ULS) Board of Supervisors and Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) Advisory Board.
Participants in the program are either from Louisiana or are attending a Louisiana university or college and will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy, as well as the state’s rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government.
Although Davis has experienced state policy making through his role as a ULS and LOSFA board member, both positions he earned through his concurrent service as Southeastern’s SGA president, he will now be able to expand his public policy knowledge through the program. Davis will also have the opportunity to explore the state’s Department of Corrections since each fellow has been assigned to work in a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge.
In addition to working within a state agency, each participant will also take part in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance the overall experience and understanding of Louisiana government.
The program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.