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Announcing the WE ARE series from CDA’s LGBT Caucus

Annie Kehler Posted October 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM
by , Deputy Communications Director

College Democrats of America is excited to announce a new series from our LGBT Caucus: WE ARE. WE ARE is a series of profiles of LGBT politicians, policymakers, and staffers within the Democratic Party. Aiming to help LGBT students find role models in Democratic politics through increased visibility of our LGBT leaders, this project aspires to encourage LGBT youth to pursue opportunities in public service regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

"It is my sincere hope that this series of profiles will help inspire and encourage young LGBT students to pursue careers in public service that they may otherwise have found still closed to them due to sexual orientation or gender identity." said National LGBT Caucus Chair Alex DiLalla. ...

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College Democrats of America 2014 Appointments

Natasha McKenzie Posted September 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM
by , National President, College Democrats of America

Congratulations to all of our appointed leaders!

Chief of Staff: Kevin Frazier (OR)
Historian: Zainab Javed (PA)

Regional Directors
Northeast: Jamie Zieno (NY)
Atlantic:  Braxton Marcela (VA)
Southeast:  Amanda Nabors (GA)
Southwest: Kat Hoang (TX)
Great Lakes: Rawley Van Fossen (MI)
Heartland: Morgan Brittain (IA)
Mountain West: Clay Marsh (UT)
Pacific: Naeemah Charles (CA)

Caucus Leaders
Black Caucus
Chair: Terry Vines (AL)
Co Chair: Maceo H. Karriem (NY)

Environmental Caucus
Chair: Austin Williams (MA)
Co Chair: Michael Stevanus (AL)

Faith Caucus
Chair: Arthur Lee Harris Jr. (OH)
Co Chair: Matt Gibson (IN)

Hispanic Caucus
Chair: Valeria Ojeda (DC)
Co Chair: Christian Chowdhury (NY)

LGBT Caucus
Chair: Alex DiLalla (IL)
Co Chair: Madison Lawson (TN)

Women’s Caucus
Chair: Lauren Nickoloff (FL)
Co Chair: Ebony West (NC)

Labor Caucus
Chair: Taylor Myers (OH)
Co Chair: Mitchell Sevigny (MI)

Disability Caucus
Chair: Samuel Fogelgaren (NJ)
Co Chair: Erica ...

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CDA Statement on New Hampshire College Republican Party Switch

Natasha McKenzie Posted September 4, 2014 at 1:20 PM
by , National President, College Democrats of America

Today, Jake Wagner, Chair of the New Hampshire Federation of College Republicans from 2012-2014 announced in an op-ed that he is switching parties to become a Democrat. In response, College Democrats of America President Natasha McKenzie released the following statement.

"On behalf of the College Democrats of America, I'd like to offer Jake a hearty "welcome aboard."  This year's election offers a clear choice for young Americans. It's a choice between Democrats, who are working to make sure that everyone can access a quality, affordable education and Republicans, who continue to stand in the way of progress. The recent trend of CR State Presidents switching parties reinforces the fact that Democrats are fighting for our generation's values. We look forward to working with Jake ...

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CDA Celebrates a Successful National Convention

Annie Kehler Posted August 27, 2014 at 9:25 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director

This past weekend, the College Democrats of America (CDA) hosted our National Convention in Atlanta, GA. Delegates in attendance heard from national speakers, attended trainings from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff, held panels among State Leaders, recognized the previous year’s accomplishments with awards, and conducted elections for the National Executive Board.

Speakers included Georgia Democratic Governor Nominee, Jason Carter, and DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Breakout sessions provided Delegates with fantastic training opportunities to learn from members of the DNC staff and CDA National and State Leaders. Topics included best communications practices, finance and fundraising, and preparing for the 2014 midterm elections.

CDA recognized the accomplishments of Chapters, State Federations, and individual members through awards. Chapter of the Year was awarded to the ...

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Resignation of CDA Appointed Leader

Taylor Barnard Posted August 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM
by , National President, College Democrats of America

Evan Goldstein has resigned from his position as a member of the CDA communications team. In a recent Facebook exchange between Evan and two other individuals (who have not held positions in CDA for some time) Evan made inflammatory comments regarding Israel and Palestine. His positions do not reflect the position of our organization. CDA does not take a position on this issue. We support open dialogue on all issues - free from incendiary and harsh language. We expect our communications team to exercise judgment in their social media posts. CDA is committed to making sure situations like this do not occur going forward.

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