HPU Student Selected for Congressional Internship

June 15, 2012

Ladimir Geake

Ladimir Geake

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University student Ladimir Geake is one of only four students nationwide accepted into a prestigious internship in Washington, D.C.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute has selected Geake for its highly competitive Victory Congressional Internship. The national organization is dedicated to increasing the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in public office.

Geake, will spend HPU’s upcoming fall semester with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus or an LGBT-friendly member of Congress to learn firsthand about the federal legislative process.

“In the School of Social Work, we focus on social welfare policy. Now, I have a chance to see what our leaders think and how they enforce and create policy firsthand,” Geake said.

HPU Assistant Professor Michaela Rinkel, Ph.D., Bachelor of Social Work program director, said Geake is “emerging as a strong leader within the classroom environment, the Social Work Program and the HPU community as a whole.”

Rinkel added that Geake’s work as part of HPU’s OUTSpoken Registered Student Organization and as a Gay Straight Alliance Hawaii communications intern demonstrates his strong commitment to bettering the community.

“I have no doubt that he will excel in this internship and elevate his social entrepreneurial skills to a global level,” said Lorraine C. Marais, Ed.D., director of the School of Social Work.

Geake, majoring in both Social Work and Social Science, plans to graduate from HPU in May 2013 and then study law. He aspires to a career as an advocate for the disabled and LGBT population to bring about policy change. “This is the perfect way to get to Capitol Hill and network with our elected leaders and their staff,” he said.

Geake credits social work faculty and also Lisa Doyle, director of Residence Life and Commuter Services and advisor to OUTSpoken, for directing him toward the internship. “If it wasn’t for their support, I wouldn’t have known about this amazing opportunity in Washington.”