October 30, 2014  

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Political Science Student Represents Mississippi at Largest Student Libertarian Conference

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University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student, Shea Dobson of Ocean Springs, recently attended the 2014 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C., where he served as the organization’s campus coordinator representing the state of Mississippi.

Dobson, who majors in political science and expects to graduate this May, says his role as campus coordinator for the organization, Students for Liberty, is to provide guidance and resources to individual organizations in the libertarian movement throughout the state. In addition to his role with Students for Liberty, Dobson also serves as the Southern Miss Gulf Coast chapter president and state chair for the organization, Young Americans for Liberty.

By attending student conferences like the one in D.C., which featured the largest libertarian student gathering worldwide, Dobson says he is able to become “immersed in the whole libertarian movement and philosophy through the student movement.”

“As a member of Students for Liberty, you belong to an organization that not only focuses on the U.S., but the whole world,” added Dobson. “Attending these conferences teaches me basic philosophies that I might not get in the classroom. There are also political techniques and strategies not taught in a traditional classroom setting and I really enjoy the hands-on learning.”

In addition to networking opportunities and connecting with other organizations, Dobson says his role as campus coordinator allowed him the opportunity to introduce a conference speaker, as well as attend a variety of sessions offered during the conference.

For more information about political science at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, visit the College of Arts and Letters at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/arts-letters.