Joining Campus YMCA has expanded my interest in thoughtful policymaking and also taught me the inner working of conference planning and program adminsitration. It has been an incredible experience to participate in the program in its formative years, and help develop it into both a forum for policy discussions and an inspiration the next generation of leaders in our country. Campus Y has allowed me to meet some of the brightest young political minds in our country, talk about pressing issues facing our country, and advocate for the issues college students care about on Capitol Hill. This year I am leading the National Administrative Officer team as the Director of Operations, and I am working with colleagues to develop a chapter at Harvard.
My sophomore year, I joined a group of passionate students to change the electoral system in cities and towns across the United States. Our organization, named Voters Choose, is working in Cambridge and Tustin, CA to implement an improved form of ranked-choice voting which would allow voters to express their nuanced preferences for candidates called Rank and Add. Our goal is to create a community-centered movement to encourage better institutions and democracy through advocacy and research. I am honored to be serving as the national Vice President.
I have been involved in the programmatic activities of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard Univeristy. I frequently attend panels, help organize undergraduate student engagement, and work to connect the CES community to the undergraduate body. CES has also given me the opportunity to intern in Europe for the last two semesters, first in Belgrade and then Strasbourg.
My junior year, I joined the EU Elections Panel organizing team for the European Conference at Harvard. I learned the nuances of speaker inviatations and panel organizing while working with gradaute students from the Law School, the Kennedy School, and the Fletcher School at Tufts.