Student of the week: Angelica DeDona ’19

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Class Year: 2019

Major: Political Science and English double major and Law and Humanities and Environmental Policy double minor

Groups: Co-President of Women’s Union; Co-President of Environmental Club; Resident Advisor in Fox House; General Member of BSU; General Member of Hip-Hop Club

Q: How did you first get involved in Women’s Union?

A: I have been in love with Women’s Union since my first-year here at the club fair, but by the end of my first winter trimester I was one of the two members left in Women’s Union before our old president went abroad in the spring. I was asked to take over the club last winter and recruited my passionate, feminist, first-year friends to create our current four person e-board.

Q: What is the goal of Women’s Union?

A: To create a safe space for people that fight for inclusive gender equality locally and globally.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment from Women’s Union?

A: It was right at the end of the last showing of Vagina Monologues this weekend actually. To be able to see your hard work come alive before people’s eyes and have their perspectives and ideals visibly shift in their face – I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. At that show I also found out we had raised over $800 for Girls Inc. of Schenectady!

Q: What challenges do you face while working on Women’s Union?

A: Compromise and delegating tasks amongst my e-board. As a co-president, everything has to be a compromise, but I think this has made our events and meetings more moderate and palatable for new members. All the challenges have been worth it in the end because it has forced me to grow as a person.

Q: How has actively being involved with Women’s Union affected your time on campus?

A: Women’s Union has been the most positive shaping experience of college so far. I have met so many incredible people through this organization because our members are amazing, smart, funny, beautiful individuals. This position has also led to building such supportive relationships with Jason Benitez of Multicultural Affairs and Carolyn Fielder of UNITAS. This accidental leadership opportunity has allowed me to actively create change and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

Q: If you could offer any advice to first-years looking to get involved, what would it be?

A: Join everything you’re slightly interested in! I was in 12 clubs my freshmen fall and stayed in them to see where I could grow as a leader and individual. This also goes the same for classes. I came in as undeclared and took a variety of classes and used clubs/organizations to help me sort out what I am most passionate about.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Union?

A: The professors! I love to learn (hence the gross amount of majors and minors) and to be in a classroom with teachers that are so passionate about what they are teaching is inspiring.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat off-campus?

A: Pho-Queen (get that lunch discount though)! The drunken noodles and dumplings SLAY me!

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