Eric VanDreason joined PFLAG in September 2010 as a Policy Intern. He will be interning at the organization through December working to develop a field guide for chapters interested in training their local law enforcement officials about the recently passed Federal Hate Crimes Act. Before starting his internship, Eric spent time studying at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He is looking to graduate from Emerson in December of 2011, earning a B.A. degree in Political Communication: Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy. Hailing from upstate New York, Eric participated in numerous civic engagement activities through his community, volunteering for various projects organized by the city and his local church. Having lived in New York City and Boston, Eric is excited to experience Washington D.C. and take advantage of the exponential opportunities the area has to offer.