Welcome back for another Featured Dems post, a series where you get to learn a little more about our members and all the awesome things they do outside of OUCD!
Hey everyone! My name is Julia Fassbender and I am a freshman from North Royalton, Ohio studying Political Science here at Ohio University. I am most passionate about criminal justice reform, women’s rights, universal healthcare, LGBTQ+ rights and much much more. Along with being a College Democrat, I was an intern for Defend Our Future this past semester which is an organization that fights against climate change. Interning with them I got experience real grassroots organizing which included canvassing on campus, going to local political offices to tell them not to vote on additional cuts to the EPA’s budget and phone banking. We also talked to students and asked them to commit to calling their senators and express their concerns about EPA and other environmental policies. During the fall semester alone, we achieved over 3,000 commits! I really enjoyed feeling like I was making a real difference through this hands-on activism.
Hello everyone and welcome back for another Member Monday! This week’s Featured Dem is Connor Attrell! Connor is a senior from Hilliard, Ohio studying Communications with an emphasis in Health Sciences. His interest and studies in vulnerable populations in healthcare have culminated into a passion for the nursing field. After he graduates from OU this May, he will be continuing his education at Baldwin Wallace University to study nursing and plans to practice in an area of critical shortage either domestically or abroad. Connor was drawn to OUCD because issues such as universal healthcare and LGBT & women’s health are incredibly important to him and OUCD is strongly dedicated to electing politicians that will advocate for these populations. Outside of his involvement in College Dems, Connor has served as the Academic Affairs Commissioner in Student Senate and has previously served on the executive board of New Chords on the Block, an a cappella group on campus. In his free time, Connor enjoys reading outdated biology textbooks, making buffalo chicken dip for his residents, and being a well-known internet sensation and social media influencer.
Welcome back for another Member Monday Dems! This week’s Featured Dem is Alex Jackson, a sophomore from Solon, OH, majoring in journalism strategic communications and minoring in political science. Alex started the year as Communications Director for OUCD and is now wrapping up his term as Vice President. He was drawn to OUCD because of his passion for general civic engagement and increasing voter participation. He’s looking forward to helping elect Democrats in Ohio as the 2018 midterm election nears. Outside of OUCD, Alex is involved with OU Student Senate’s Governmental Affairs Commission and is also an intern for McCaulley & Company, a government relations and business development firm.
Welcome back Dems! Hope you all are excited for this week’s Member Monday. Meet our Featured Dem for this week, Kailee Missler. Kailee is a freshman from Van Buren, Ohio studying Journalism Strategic Communications. The issues she’s most passionate about are affordable healthcare, women’s and minority’s rights, and gun reform. After being a highly engaged member this year, Kailee was recently elected to be OU College Dem’s Communications Director for the 2018-2019 academic year! Besides being involved in College Dems, she’s a member of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-Law Fraternity on campus. Kailee is looking forward to helping out on campaigns for the 2018 election and is excited to take on a leadership role within OUCD!
Hey everyone! After a brief hiatus, our Featured Dems posts are back! This week we are featuring our last current Executive Board member, Andrew Guidarelli. Andrew is a junior studying Aviation Flight with a minor in Political Science from Mars, Pennsylvania. As a young kid, he became passionate about protecting the environment while spending his summer vacations hiking in the mountains of West Virginia. This passion has remained strong today, especially with the growing threat of climate change. Aside from environmental issues, he is most passionate about wealth inequality and getting money out of politics. Andrew is the current treasurer of OUCD. Outside of College Dems, he enjoys flying, golfing, and photography.
Hello everyone and welcome back for another Member Monday. As we come closer to elections, our Featured Dem this week is another current Executive Board member. Meet Michi Heckler. She is from Austin, Texas and is a junior studying Media and Social Change. She has a passion for women’s rights, environmental issues and criminal justice reform, especially including mass incarceration and rehabilitation in the system. Currently, Michi serves as the secretary of OU College Democrats, and also works on short films through the Media School at OU, including writing and directing for Flat Pop Productions. For the upcoming fall semester, Michi will be studying abroad in Swansea, Wales to further her academic standing and learn about European culture through traveling.
Hey Dems! Welcome back for another Member Monday. With elections for the 2018-2019 academic year coming up, we will be featuring more Dems who are on our current Executive Board starting with our president! Meet Ashley Fishwick, a senior from West Chester, Ohio studying English Pre-Law and Political Science. She is most passionate about women’s issues, gun control, voting rights, and criminal justice reform, especially concerning the death penalty. Ashley is currently the president of OU College Democrats, an undergraduate associate for the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, an Access to Justice Intern for Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity on campus. She recently traveled to Israel as a part of the Caravan for Democracy trip through the Jewish National Fund. After graduation, Ashley will be going back to Cincinnati to work as the Deputy Finance Director for Aftab Pureval’s congressional campaign in Ohio’s 1st District.
Hey everyone! Welcome back for another Member Monday. Meet Billie Frank, a senior studying Political Science with certificates in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Law, Justice and Culture. Billie is from Galion, Ohio but originally hails from the West Coast. She is passionate about women’s rights, civil rights and overall living in a society that is fair, just, that gives all of the citizens equal rights and opportunities. She is currently serving on OU Dems as the Fundraising Chair. Beyond OU Dems Billie is involved in Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-law Fraternity, and the Women’s Center Mentoring Program on campus. Billie is looking forward to studying abroad in Northern Ireland during spring break, and is hoping to obtain a job campaigning for the Democratic Party after graduation.