Katie Currul-Dykeman serves as a conduit.
At the helm of Stonehill College’s Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law and Society, the former Milford resident serves to connect students with ideas - politics and social change, among them - and the men and women behind each one.
It’s a new role for Currul-Dykeman, an associate professor of criminology for 10 years and a member of Milford High School’s Class of 1990.
Once a Suffolk County prosecutor, Currul-Dykeman is now tasked with bringing guest speakers, from writers and thinkers to politicians and advocates, to inspire students and spread big ideas.
“It’s mostly working with the local community, the Stonehill community and the greater community and bringing speakers to campus that are about politics or social justice issues,” she said.
The institute was created by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1986 to honor the late Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Martin Jr., a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The center often guides the studies of students interested in law through several programs, including model United Nations, mock trial and the Civic Ambassadors program, according to college officials.
It’s also home to the Sylvia Donaldson Society - a nonpartisan group that works to empower women on the college campus to seek careers in politics and law.