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The President's Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. Many speakers draw audience members from the surrounding cities of Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca.

Forum guests generally take the opportunity to visit classes or gather with students and faculty members to discuss issues. Many people have one-on-one interaction with the speakers for the exchange of ideas or thoughts.

The Forum also offers the speakers a chance to experience the vibrancy of life on this campus. Speakers routinely express their gratitude for the opportunity to have discussions with students and faculty members about the work that they do and their perceptions of the fields of interests of the guests. Since many Forum speakers are national and international policy makers, gathering thoughts and suggestions from the Colleges community aids in their future work.

The President's Forum Series will continue to bring important politicians, intellectuals, and social activists to campus-allowing the community the continual flow and exchange of ideas.


Dan Boysen

Daniel H. Boysen '11 is currently the fundraising manager at Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit that works to reduce gun violence in America. He joined the President's Forum Series on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

Following graduation, Boysen moved to Washington, D.C. Through the help of the HWS alum network, he landed a fundraising internship with The Frost Group, a boutique PAC fundraising firm. In September 2011, he was hired by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as the west finance assistant. By September 2013, he was promoted to west finance director, making him responsible for fundraising efforts in all western states.

After the 2014 elections, Boysen began working as the fundraising manager at Everytown for Gun Safety in New York City. Everytown for Gun Safety was founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in April 2014, and is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. The organization is active in more than 35 states and is committed to employing a multi-faceted, non-partisan and data driven approach to reducing gun violence in the U.S.

Boysen grew up in Windsor, Conn. and attended Kingswood Oxford School. At HWS, he majored in political science with double minors in public policy and international relations.


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