As you all remember, despite the tragedy of global pandemics has wreaked on the world population, Project Arizona secured the future of our program, and our Class of 2021 was successfully held on-line as the Virtual Project Arizona (VPA). Yet, the on-line thing was definitely very different to the real Project Arizona experience. Due to heavy COVID-related restrictions, with practically inaccessible US Embassies being our biggest obstacle, we had a very hard recruiting task to overcome. But we have managed and Six most outstanding candidates have been chosen to pursue their Arizonan Dream.
We are happy that despite the challenges Project Arizona 2022 returned back to Phoenix and was one of the most successful ones, full of positive changes and excitement. Let’s go through this year’s networking meetings, conferences and events!
The educational part of Project Arizona has multiple components, including a variety of classes, seminars, and workshops at Arizona State University. Our students attended following classes at Arizona State University:
- Foundations of Democracy and US History to 1865 by Prof Jonathan Barth;
- Classical to Modern Economic by Prof Ross Emmett;
- Program in Political History & Leadership (PHL);
Besides the classes at ASU, this year’s participants have an outstanding opportunity to attend a Constitutional Class offered by Justice Clint Bolick, an Associate Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Justice Bolick co-founded the Libertarian Institute for Justice and has served as Vice President of Litigation at the conservative/libertarian Goldwater Institute.
While accepting a certain level of academic rigor and gaining important life skills can be considered crucial aspects of career preparedness, more and more importance is being placed on the value of experiential learning. Every participant has been placed in a twelve-week internship program at different institutions:
- Salomón Salazar De la Rosa at ASU Center for the Study of Economic Liberty.
- Andrea Castellano and Maria Alejandra Londono Franco at Attorneys For Freedom Law Firm.
- Bartłomiej Kamiński at Arizona Republican Party Liberty Caucus.
- Tomasz Bethke at Davillier Law Group PLLC in Phoenix.
- Claudio Antonio Klaus Junor at the office of Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick and at Liberty International.
Networking & Volunteering
In Project Arizona, the networking element includes a series of meetings with liberty champions and participation in conferences. This year, we held more than 20 networking meetings with Glenn Cripe, Professor Ross Emmett, Joe Cobb, Marc Victor, Victor Olynik, Alex Kolodin, Alan Korwin , Nick Dranias etc.
Besides the Networking meetings, we have hosted several events, such as Project Arizona’s Seminar on Free Market Economics; Project Arizona Fundraising Dinner; Seminar of Entrepreneurship by Jan Kuban; Objectivist Seminar organized in partnership with the Prometheus Foundation; Writing workshop by Mary Fellon and Workshop with Dr. Jeffrey Singer;