January 31, 2023


Growing up in northwest New Jersey, politics senior John Desordi never imagined he would be leading a discussion with international leaders and his fellow students. Yet, there he was Jan. 25, guiding a student discussion in Heritage Hall with the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos, Australia's ambassador to the United States.

“When I was growing up the only experiences I had with Washington, D.C., was watching the news and current events,” said Desordi. “When I came to (Catholic University), I discovered these possibilities being in our nation’s capital and how it can be a reality.”

Following Desordi’s initial interview with him on the U.S. and Australian relationship, Sinodinos took questions from students in the audience. The ambassador was hosted by a student chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS), a non-partisan organization committed to the discussion and debate of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. 

Desordi, co-president of  AHS at Catholic University, took some time to share his feedback on the event and to talk about how this experience is unique to the University.

How did you feel about moderating this event and interviewing the ambassador?

It was a great honor and really highlights the incredible opportunities that you are afforded because of the University’s location in D.C.

How is this event an example of the unique opportunities students can experience at Catholic University?

This really was an only-at-CUA type of thing; it really underscores the types of opportunities that are available to you and what you can do with your education here. In addition to this, the University community is incredibly supportive of you and genuinely wants you to succeed. One group in particular that really made this event go smoothly was the (University) Marketing team. They were instrumental in helping me get the word out and helping with planning. 

What can you tell us about the connections to politics that are created at the University?

When you come to a school like Catholic University that is in the heart of not only national politics but also international politics …you are exposed to a vast network of people, both faculty and students, that are willing to help you find an internship or job that fits what you’re interested in and get your career moving early.

What were some of your biggest takeaways from his visit?

When considering international affairs, it is best to discuss it with people that are from the region…Trying to understand world events only from an American perspective can leave you with missing pieces.

How did this event with Ambassador Sinodinos come about and why did he come to Catholic University?

I was connected to Ambassador Sinodinos through the national AHS organization. They proved to be very helpful in helping me arrange the event and make it a success. He was interested to come and speak because of the importance of interacting directly with college students. 

What else are you involved with at Catholic University?

I am also involved with the Intelligence Club, YAF, The International Affairs Association and the Knights of Columbus.