Three Santa Monica College (SMC) students have been selected for the Dale Ride Internship program to serve in the U.S. Congress this summer.

Under the program, interns receive stipends to cover transportation, housing, and other expenses in Washington, D.C.

This year’s interns and their assignments are:

n Sadia Afolabi of Beverly Hills, who will serve in the office of Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, a Democrat representing the Torrance area.

A political science major, Afolabi is from Togo in West Africa and is the president of the SMC Associated Students.

She is also a member of the Pan African Student Union and the college’s honor societies Alpha Gamma Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa.

She is planning to transfer to either UCLA or Occidental College this fall and plans to work for UNICEF as a children’s rights lawyer.

n Ryuji Ogida of Santa Monica, who will serve in the office of Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, a Democrat who represents the Norwalk area.

A communications major from Osaka, Japan, Ogida plans to transfer this fall to UCLA, UC Berkeley, or USC.

He hopes his mass media career will offer him the opportunity to help people resolve conflicts, end discrimination, and end war.

Ogida is a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa.

n Elisha Saad of Santa Monica, who will serve in the office of Congresswoman Diane Watson, a Democrat representing the Culver City area.

Saad is originally from Mobile, Alabama.

She plans to become an attorney working to increase access and participation in the political process.

She is a political science major with a 4.0 grade point average and plans to return to Santa Monica College this fall.

The interns will gain political experience through the eight-week program, believed to be unique for a community college.

The program has sent 55 students to the White House, Congress, and other government agencies.

Sponsoring the program are the Dale Ride Family Fund, the SMC Foundation President’s Circle, the Stratton-Petit Foundation, and the SMC Associates.

SMC Associates is a community relations support organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus.

The internship program was established in 1991 in memory of Dale Ride, who had a long career in education, administration, and public service.

Ride taught political science at Santa Monica College and served in administrative posts for 33 years until his death at age 67 in 1989.

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