Garrett Bascom ’17
With the “excitement” of this year’s National election and the Ohio Primary, electric political charge has been buzzing through the campus of Mount St. Joseph University. One Mount Student in particular is especially politically involved. Garrett Bascom, Communication and New Media Studies major, is a student coordinator for the entire Midwestern section of the United States. In addition, he is running against 24 other candidates for a position as a State Delegate for an upcoming convention. If elected, he will be able to nominate candidates for State Attorney General and State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
His political aspirations are also found across campus, holding and running for student organization positions at the Mount. Currently the Treasurer of the Student Government Association (SGA), Bascom was voted President of the Association this spring in anticipation of the 2016/2017 school year.
Bascom uses his education at the Mount to prepare for his future political career. He is working closely with Communications Associate Professor Rev. John Amankwah, researching and writing a literary review and policy paper on Congressional term limits. In conjunction with his Communications major, Bascom has a minor in Leadership and Civic Engagement. “I’m dedicated to listening to all voices,” he says. To gain a better understanding of those voices, he has participated in two service learnings and three co-ops, all with ties to leadership within the community. His first Service Learning, for IDS 261H: United Nations Millennium Goals, was with Be Concerned, a local non-profit organization dedicated to aiding low-income families. While volunteering with this organization, Bascom shadowed Be Concerned’s Executive Director, Andy Brunsman. As part of the experience, Bascom was given the opportunity to attend board meetings and learn more about the administrative aspects of non-profits like Be Concerned. Though his service learning is complete, Bascom continues to participate in board meetings and volunteer by helping put together food baskets for elderly people in assisted living.
During his second service learning credit he worked with Catherine Feerick of Delhi Township to research grants that could be used for sidewalks, one of which would connect the University to the shops and restaurants on Delhi Avenue.
Keeping with his passion for politics, Bascom’s first co-op was with the office of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, and after, he held a co-op with the Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation, which is responsible for administering grants to organizations. It was during his time at S.C. Ministry that Garrett first realized he wanted to go to law school. However, it was during his current co-op with Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negengard that Bascom received the encouragement to run for political office.
Upon his graduation from the Mount in 2017, Bascom plans to attend the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. U.S, and aspires to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as early as 2022.
But before you see his name printed on our government ballots you can catch him smiling back at you on his SGA election posters around campus. Who knows, maybe one day a Mount alum will be our next presidential leader?
Learn more about earning a degree in Communications and New Media Studies and a minor in Leadership and Civic Engagement, and see what clubs and organizations are available at the Mount via our Campus Activities & Student Organizations page. Visit the Career Center to find Service Learning and Co-op opportunities like Garrett’s.