The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston will host Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, for a conversation. Castro will meet with faculty, staff, students and the community as part of the College of Charleston’s“Bully Pulpit Series” on Aug. 30, 2019.
The event will take place at the College of Charleston Rita Auditorium located at 58 Coming Street from 4:30‐6:30 p.m. This event is free to attend and open to the public with ADA seating available.
While pursuing his undergraduate degree at Stanford University he interned at The White House during the Bill Clinton presidency. After graduating from Harvard University with his J.D., he became an attorney at the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. In 2001, Castro was elected councilman representing District 7 on the San Antonio City Council, and was the youngest councilman ever elected in the city’s history. In 2009, he was elected mayor of San Antonio and won re-election in 2011 and 2013. In 2014, Castro became the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and served in that role until 2017
The mission of the Bully Pulpit Series is to encourage and facilitate political participation throughout the College of Charleston community by providing a platform for dialogue with our nation’s leaders. At its core, the series engages today’s youth by meeting students where they are – in the classroom, outside their residence hall and through their social networks – to create curious, informed and engaged individuals who are ready and able to engender political and social change.
As an effort of the College of Charleston Department of Communication and Department of Political Science, the Bully Pulpit Series gives young voters the opportunity to become involved in the political process as well as the issues that affect their communities. Originally created in 2008 to highlight the communication powers of the political pulpit, the mission of the series has expanded as a result of increased student and community interest and engagement.