The Mills community may have recognized a familiar face while watching the television coverage of the Democratic National Convention last week. Public Policy graduate student Natasha Middleton attended as an alternate delegate.
Middleton said she grew up watching conventions on television and always wanted to go.
“It’s one of those things that makes our democracy what it is,” Middleton said.
Middleton returned home inspired and energized by the experience, even if the constant excitement of convention left her sleep deprived.
She pulls a massive packet of papers out of her bag, the printed itinerary of events for the week of the convention. She laughs and explains that a person couldn’t have attended everything they wanted. For example, she was disappointed to have missed the Planned Parenthood event, called “Sex, Politics, and Cocktails.”
Some highlights of her time include meeting the First Lady, shaking Dr. Jill Biden’s hand and hearing political strategist and author Donna Brazile speak.
“[Her] speech was just so inspiring and amazing and made you want to just get out there and do it. You knew it wasn’t just about the president, it was about what you knew needed to happen,” Middleton said, also describing the sense of responsibility that comes with getting to attend and event like the DNC.
“When I attended these caucuses, I knew I was privy to things that they were sharing and stuff that they’re trying to get out there and you don’t get a chance to be a part of that platform unless you go out there.”
Middleton is excited about this generation of Democratic leaders. While she admits they are “steering the boat” of the party, Middleton appreciates how much importance they put on individual efforts and passion.