The STAND Foundation, Inc. Leadership Institute held a mock senate session in the Senate Chambers at the State Capitol on Friday, July, 15th. The leaders acted as senators and debated several significant bills including, the issue of drug testing welfare recipients, the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, and the Affordable Healthcare Act. This served as the third session for the STAND Foundation’s 2016 Little Rock class.
Speakers at this event included Tom Courtway, current President of the University of Central Arkansas and former state representative; Ateca Williams, newly appointed deputy chief of staff for internal operations for Governor Asa Hutchinson and STAND alumna; and STAND Foundation founder and former state senator Tracy Steele. The speakers shared with the leaders the important role public policy plays in everyday life, and how by taking office, they too may be afforded the chance to initiate change through public policy.