Meet the #CLDE18 Interns: Vera, Hannah, and Collin

November 20, 2017

We are thrilled to introduce the three student interns for the 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting (#CLDE18). As Vera, Hannah, and Collin introduce themselves below, please know that together they represent a vested interest in civic engagement among students in our networks to engage meaningfully on our campuses, in our classrooms, in our broader communities, and in our democracy.

Please join us in welcoming Vera, Hannah, and Collin! They have already begun to work with the CLDE Meeting planning committee on the program, arranging a student symposium, and specifically on creating networking, learning, and organizing opportunities for the students that attend the conference in Anaheim, CA, from June 6-9th. We look forward to working with these fantastic students. Be sure to submit a program proposal by January 29th here.

-Jen, Stephanie, and Verdis

My name is Vera Barcega-Ramirez, and I am a human resource management student at College of the Canyons (COC) in Santa Clarita, CA. I am also the president and founder of The HUB Club, a club that has a shared vision of building leaders; a student representative at the COC Foundation First-Year-Promise Taskforce; VP-membership at Oak Hills Elementary PTA; an accounting/HR/purchasing support independent contractor; a wife to my wonderful husband of 15 years, Eric; and, a mother to my sweet 11 year-old daughter, Skylla.

My name is Hannah Jackson and I am a third-year student at The University of Nevada, Reno studying education, journalism, and political science (which is the closest thing that I could get to earning a degree in civics). I am grateful to have had incredible opportunities to be involved in civic and democratic engagement during my time at the University. I am the state representative for Nevada's We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program, I have had the opportunity to work on a local ballot question campaign to fund infrastructure in local public schools, and I currently serve in our student government as Speaker of the Senate. All of these experiences constantly make my studies and my life more meaningful. I hope that through serving as a #CLDE18 student intern, I can help as many students as possible have the same enriching experience.

My name is Collin Sullivan and I am a junior information systems and economics major, minoring in entrepreneurship & innovation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. During my first year at UMBC, I worked to create a new, sustainable website for the Student Government Association (SGA).  As an elected SGA Senator, I created a standing committee to promote collaboration and ensure accountability within SGA. I later served as Assistant Speaker of the Senate.  In that position, I led a nonpartisan group of students promoting the 2016 presidential election through debate watch parties, trivia nights, and an election results extravaganza. I also created a new event, Coffee & Conversation: Our Political Spectrum, where students, faculty, and staff heard from diverse panelists and discussed how members of the UMBC community would find common ground on hot-button issues after a divisive election season.  Additionally, I work with the local school system to promote civic agency and digital citizenship. Last year, I served on a policy committee to advocate for fairer, more democratic elections for the student member on the Board of Education position.

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