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#CDALeads: Open Up Your World

Jonathan Dame Posted April 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM
by , Deputy Communications Director, College Democrats of America

When N.Y. State Assemblyman Mike Miller needed someone to run his re-election campaign in 2010, he came to Nick Roloson, a Long Island native and then-active College Democrat. At the time, Nick was 21 years old and barely a college senior, but eager to start his career in politics, he jumped at the opportunity to head up a real campaign.

While attending St. John’s University in New York City, Nick enjoyed studying politics, his major, and exploring the surrounding borough of Queens. But his true passion was for the College Democrats.

“From the time I was in high school I cared about politics,” Nick said. “So I went tothe first College Dems meeting that they had at St. John’s and quickly became ...

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#CDALeads: Leading Closer to Home

Jonathan Dame Posted April 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director, College Democrats of America

Sarah Bregant, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is about to win election to her second public office in as many years. Today, April 2, nearly one year after joining the County Board of Supervisors for Jefferson County, Wisc., Sarah expects to win her race for the Whitewater City Council.

Despite growing up in the conservative town of Sussex, Wisc., located in a county where two-thirds of voters supported Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, Sarah came to college eager to get involved in progressive politics.

“In high school, after taking classes and writing about politics for the school newspaper, I came to identify as progressive,” Sarah said. “So my freshman year in college the ...

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Women’s History Month: Something to Celebrate

Kenzi Green Posted March 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM
by , Director of Communications, College Democrats of America

Who has shaped your views about the role of women in leadership positions? Have you seen a particularly inspiring political speech, or did you grow up in a family with strong female role models? CDA Women's Caucus Chair Sara Valentine explains her motivation for wanting to get involved in public service -- to follow in the footsteps of the women who came before us.

“Men are raised to play football, to bash their heads and come back for more. Women are raised to stand back. We aren’t raised to be risk takers.” -Representative Sue Myrick

This quote is true in so many cases, but I am going to prove society wrong. Slowly but surely, women are becoming more represented in society, although ...

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CDA Celebrates International Women’s Day

Kenzi Green Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:06 PM
by , Director of Communications, College Democrats of America

Today, as we celebrate International Women's Day 2013, CDA Women's Caucus Vice Chair Donya Nasser discusses the role of powerful women in politics and how their legacy helped to shape her own path.

In her address at the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session, then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton passionately stated, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all.” This statement echoed across the world, sharing the beauty and stark truth in her words to the international community. Since then, Secretary Clinton has crafted history as an active and enthusiastic woman, enough to inspire ...

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#CDALeads: From College Dems to Town Council

Jonathan Dame Posted March 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director, College Democrats of America

When Lee Storrow won election to the town council of Chapel Hill, N.C., he was 22 years old. After growing up three hours away, in Asheville, N.C., Lee came to Chapel Hill to attend the University of North Carolina, where he found his niche in the College Democrats.

“When I got to UNC I was looking to involve myself in some type of progressive organization, and I worked with a couple different organizations at UNC,” Lee said. “But I really found my home with the College Democrats.”

By his senior year, Lee was the president of the UNC Chapel Hill College Democrats and the political director of the College Democrats ...

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