Theresa Chalhoub graduated from SLU in 2006, summa cum laude with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology. While at SLU, she was active both on and off campus. She was a legislative intern and staff assistant for U.S. Congressman Russ Carnahan and a victim's advocate for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in St. Louis. Theresa received a Presidential scholarship from SLU, served as Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment, and was active in Oriflamme, the New Student Welcome Association. Theresa received a number of awards both for her academic achievements and for her involvement in student activities.
Since graduating from SLU, Theresa's work has taken her around the world and across the United States. She taught English to grade school and high school students in Changsha, China, under the auspices of the WorldTeach program. After that, she was a field organizer and then out of state volunteer coordinator for Hillary Clinton's campaign for president. In this work, Theresa implemented grassroots programs and voter contact plans, coordinated volunteers from across the country, and worked on primary campaigns in New Hampshire, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Pennsylvania. In Fall 2008, she began work on a joint degree: J.D. from New York University and M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.
Theresa says, "During my time at SLU I learned the value of public service, both to the people I serve and to my own personal growth and understanding of the world. The Jesuit tradition and culture of SLU really instilled this lesson in me and gave me a clear understanding of the way people across the world are connected and how we must do all we can to help every person, not just those near us. In my political science classes, I learned about the history, culture, and traditions of places around the globe, which gave me a desire to see the places I was reading about. I was lucky to study abroad at SLU's campus in Madrid, traveling to many countries around Europe and broadening my understanding of international culture and politics."
Theresa adds that the smaller size of the SLU Political Science department allowed her to get to know her professors and work closely with them. She has relied on their help and advice even after leaving SLU.