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Sept. 26: Students participate in Ralph Nader's civic engagement conference

FREDERICK, Md.—More than 30 Hood College students will attend a conference Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C., designed to train activists on how to make changes in their communities.

The Breaking Through Power conference, hosted by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, will discuss topics including the court system, the news media, overcoming apathy and creating a social movement. Nader, a long-time activist and former presidential candidate, said he specifically invited Hood students to attend the conference after inquiring about colleges that “venture out and are known to break routines” and because of the school’s commitment to civic engagement.

“It is a distinctive honor to receive an invitation directly from Mr. Nader,” Hood President Andrea Chapdelaine said. “This is a unique opportunity with a long-lasting impact for our students. It’s also an excellent opportunity to foster students’ civic engagement, which was emphasized in our recent revision to our mission statement.”

Hood students will attend the first day of the conference, which runs Sept. 26-29.

The Breaking Through Power conference coincides with the 50th anniversary of Nader’s bestselling book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” which documented safety violations in the auto industry.

For more information on the conference, visit For more information on the trip, contact Elizabeth Atwood at or 301-696-3231.