The 20 students met with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, visited with the California Assembly's Chief Clerk E. Dotson Wilson and met with staff members at StudentsFirst, a nonprofit student advocacy organization started by Michelle Rhee, the former Washington, D.C., chancellor of public schools.
Harris said Wilson was so impressed with the students that he wants to have a UC Merced student intern in his office every year alongside students from UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento.
Harris thanked Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani and her legislative aide Taylor Woolfork ('11) for helping make possible the trip and the group's introduction on the Assembly floor.
"Our campus community should be very proud of our students," Harris said. "They were well prepared, well spoken and reflected the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of our campus. Our student delegation left key California decision makers with a very favorable impression of UC Merced."