Sutherlin was among leaders from seven other states, each nominated by their respective governors to attend a series of workshop sessions.
“Being able to hold sessions in D.C. added a special touch to these training sessions,” commented Sutherlin.
“Here, leaders got travel to the White House for briefings and meet congressional and agency staffers that they will work with on future projects in their districts.”
Sutherlin serves as the director of ULM’s Social Science Research Lab (SSRL)—an interdisciplinary research arm of the university created to combine the talents of faculty, staff, students, and alumni in order to provide services to the region.
The ULM SSRL—along with the University of Mississippi and Arkansas State University—has been working with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) on a leadership training project for the past several months.
The Washington, D.C. session was the fifth session for this group of DRA participants. The final sessions will be held in Paducah, Ky., and Little Rock, Ark.
Sutherlin, a native of El Dorado, Ark., earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans.
He has taught at ULM since 2005 and holds the Mayme and Tom Scott Professorship in Teaching Excellence.