I am so pleased to be writing this introductory blog as the Director of Campus Organizing at Students United. I have been working at Students United for less than a week, and I am absolutely loving it! The staff and students have all been kind and welcoming. I am excited to advance our issue campaigns and learn more about our schools, staff, and students throughout the year.
Accepting the offer at Students United has brought big changes in my life. In addition to starting a new job, I am in the midst of searching for a house. Please let me know if you can help me move. I will buy you Chipotle. Some moments of this transition have been stressful, but I am lucky to have a supportive cast of people around me to help me through it.
My family has been a huge support for me lately and, especially, during college and graduate school. I attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where I received my Bachelor of Science in Education and the University of Utah where I received my Master in Education. I worked at The Evergreen State College in Washington in residence life before moving to Minnesota where I continued my work in residence life at the University of St. Thomas. I have moved around a bit, but I usually call Wisconsin my home—even though I was born in Iowa. Yes, I am a Packers fan. Get over it.
One thing I will not be getting over anytime soon is our issue campaigns. It is difficult for me to overstate the importance of our work to Get Out The Vote, bring awareness to Sexual Violence Prevention practices, increase Retention rates, and address college Affordability. We are tasked with a lot because we can accomplish a lot! I look forward to working with the staff and students to this end.
I will end this introductory blog with listing a few things about me you might not know: I am an older and younger brother. I have a small—albeit growing—collection of small animal figurines. I love spicy peanuts and Iggy’s Salted Carmel ice cream (not together). I once tied for 1st place in a free-style dance competition. I am an uncle three times over. I want to learn how to knit. I want to get to know you!