Mock Congressional Hearing

Leadership: Learning it, Living it


Each spring, students are invited to apply for this competitive program, which trains students in leadership, advocacy, and public speaking. Participants prepare and deliver testimony on a health policy topic before a mock congressional panel.

Applications open November 30, 2023!

Program takes place Tuesday, January 30, 2024 and Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (both sessions run from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm).


Mock Congressional Hearing 2023

On Monday, May 15, 2023, four teams of Student Leadership program participants competed in a Mock Congressional Hearing, arguing for or against a proposed bill in Congress that would require all state Medicaid programs to cover dental and oral health services for adults. Each team was asked to deliver an argument for or against this proposed bill in the style and according to the principles and philosophy of the entity they were representing, which included the American Dental Association, the Heritage Foundation, Families USA, and the American Legislative Exchange Council. The Heritage Foundation team won for the most compelling presentation on behalf of the Foundation’s mission to “formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and individual freedom,” among them. The team members and their assignments are listed below.

American Dental Association (support)

Heritage Foundation (oppose)

Families USA (support)

American Legislative Exchange Council (oppose)

Cindy Qiang

Anthony Allison

Daniel Yeroshalmi

Jacqueline Franzosi

Gal Sahar

Gabriella Kashulsky

Gurpreet Bhatia

John Pelton

Rucha Thakkar

Radhika Shah

Maria Paula Rodriguez Wilches

Nour Alattar


Saimanasa Ravi

Xinge Ren

Inderjeet Kaur

Designed to train students in leadership advocacy and public speaking, the program requires participants to prepare and deliver testimony on a health policy topic before a mock congressional leadership panel composed of faculty participants, before an audience of guests from across the NYU Dentistry community. This year’s event included two days of preliminary sessions, “Advocacy in Leadership,” with Dean Bertolami and Dr. Rick Valachovic on April 28, and “How to Present an Oral Argument,” an interactive public speaking and advocacy training workshop facilitated by the Office of Student Affairs and Academic Support Services, on May 1.