I've traveled to and lived in quite a few different places over the course of my life, but I've spent most of it in Minnesota. In addition to my passion for leadership and advocacy, I love history, philosophy, creative writing, a good thrift store find, a warm cup of tea, and most of all spending time with my friends. I also have a cat with 26(!) toes, and I love her very much.
1. What degree or certificate program are you seeking?
I'm currently working on an AA in Communications Studies as well as a B.A. in Political Science.
2. Please describe your previous student government or professional experience, and how it has prepared you for this position.
I've been in student leadership for three years now, serving in a wide variety of positions. Some highlights include my time as student senate president, as LeadMN PC At-Large, and this year as LeadMN Vice President. I've spent the last three years immersed in collaboration and leadership with and for students, as well as devoting myself to deeply studying the issues we face and working to develop clear policy and legislative solutions, and advocating to help make those solutions a reality.
3. Why are you running for this position?
I'm running for president because our work is my deepest passion, and I feel ready to continue to as a leader in our efforts. In the last three years I have worked extensively on addressing the issues students face and for all the progress we've made I see new horizons to strive for in our policy and legislative goals. I'm so proud of our community for having persisted through this pandemic, and I want to help lead us in the exciting possibilities we have going forward into this next year.
4. What challenges do you see facing Minnesota's community and technical college students?
Affordability remains a bedrock issue for many of us, the high cost of tuition and fees putting us in desperate positions even as we keep pursuing our degrees. Many of us are forced to navigate systemic inequities during our journeys through college, requiring our leadership and insight as students to address. And students continue to struggle with their basic needs, and so we must keep working to create a college experience where the whole humanity of students is upheld and supported.