March 30, 2015

Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow

Kasturi is a senior at American University in Washington, D. C. and is majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. Originally from a rural town in Massachusetts, she has worked in the development sector of non-profit organizations around the Capital and has enjoyed learning new and innovative ways of communicating with donors and foundations. She is looking forward to exploring new methods of promoting the cause of Americans for Informed Democracy and reaching out to the greater D. C. community in the process. As a student of a highly politically engaged university in the nation’s capital, she believes that students must be heard and can contribute greatly to the country’s endeavors on the international scale. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dance and cooking.

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The Potential of Millennials

By Adriel S. In the summer of 2013, Samantha Power took the stage of Royce Hall in the University of California, Los Angeles to deliver her first public speech as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations. Her audience could have been politicians, businessmen, or even reporters; instead, she stood in front of hundreds of young social activists of the Fourth Estate leadership conference to share her hopes of the new generation. Sitting in the audience, Ambassador Power’s words reverberated within me. “Memories fade. Bureaucracies are built. … [Read more...]

International Institutions 101: The United Nations

By Alex Ogden. Hello Changemakers! I hope that you are weathering the doldrums of March as best you can (preferably with a hot beverage…hot beverages always help beat the winter gloom!). Today I'm excited to start a conversation on the famed, the beloved and the oft-criticized (although, what international institution isn’t on the receiving end of some form of controversy or another?); I am referring here to none other than the United Nations. Much like the IMF and the World Bank, the United Nations (UN) was also founded in the wake of World War … [Read more...]

Meeting with a Decision Maker? You can DO THIS!

By Ana Frigo. We have all had to do this at some point in our lives. Whether we are meeting with a teacher, principal, coach, or boss, it is important to know how to interact with people in positions of power. Below are four tips on what to do when you are meeting with a decision maker. Tip 1: Have a Reasonable Goal/Prepare an Effective Message Before your meeting, make sure that whatever you plan to accomplish is within reach. If you are asking for extra credit to boost your grade, present your teacher with a task that is attainable for you and … [Read more...]

Using Social Media to Make Your Campaign Really Pop!

By Ana Frigo. Earlier I wrote about how to lead a great student government campaign. Now, it’s time to look at how social media can play a role in your campaign. In today’s age, it’s impossible to envision a world without the Internet. Why not use that to your advantage? Below are four tips for using social media in your campaign. Tip 1: Start with a plan/Know your platform The first step in using social media for a campaign is to come up with a plan of what exactly you would like to accomplish. Do you want to fundraise? Create events? Send out … [Read more...]

A few tips about tipping

By Vanessa Faloye. If there is one memory the vast majority of us can share, it is our days of waiting tables. It is almost a rite of passage to the real and working world. Countless servings of fast and furious food with blood, sweat, and tears for drinks. “Hi there, what can I get you today? How about some beverages to start? Welcome to the service and catering industry. Job description: back and forth from the kitchen nonstop for hours at a time; balancing beverages; juggling plates; table babysitting; changing orders for changing minds; and … [Read more...]

How are the Changes in Media Affecting Media Freedom?

By Ian Morse. This is the second piece in a recurring story set. The first article can be found here. I’d like to tackle another apparent paradox with you. The Internet has given those with access to it an incredible abundance of information at their fingertips. With an Internet plan or a walk to an Internet cafe, you can browse over a billion websites and even more webpages on which infinite amounts of information and opinions are available. Information can be accessed anywhere at anytime. The sheer scale of information and breadth of its … [Read more...]

Why should American students care about Europe?

By Mary Anne Mendoza. The notion of American exceptionalism often carries positive connotations within U.S. borders but negatives ones beyond. In some cases, at least 49% of Americans believe that, “Our people are not perfect, but our culture is superior to others.”[1] Superiority alone may not denote rejection, but Americans can no longer afford to assume that such exceptionalism grants them permission to be ignorant of Europe. Collaboration between the American and European perspectives on the European project and its greater implications was one … [Read more...]

Libyan people on the state building road

Since 23 October 2011, Libya has progressed from a country wrecked by a conflict, to a country on the road to its first democratic elections and economic recovery. On 7 July 2012, Libyan people came on the streets to elect a first demcoratically elected government. However, reconciliation still needs to be implemented before democracy can be consolidated. During a 42 – year – old reign, the deceased Colonel Gaddafi eliminated almost all threats to his rule. He placed the military on the edges of the country so as to avoid a coup. He sometimes … [Read more...]

Tips for Running for Student Government

By Ana Frigo. Whether you are running for student government in middle school, high school, university, or outside of the academic setting, knowing how and where to start is essential. Though campaigning for a position may seem intimidating at first, with the right preparation, you could be on your way to becoming the next class president! 1. Confirm Support: Before you even begin campaigning, make sure you have a good amount of support behind you. This could be from friends, family, teachers, or colleagues. Most important is to have the support of … [Read more...]

Unsafe Conditions for Refugee Women

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. Worldwide, there were an estimated 16.7 million refugees at the end of 2013.[1] This does not include the 33.3 million individuals displaced within their own countries – totaling nearly 50 million individuals who had fled their homes.[2] Refugee issues overlap with development issues, as developing countries host over 86% of the world’s refugees.[3] Major refugee populations of recent years include Palestinians, Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis, and Congolese – all Global South populations.[4] Within refugee populations, some … [Read more...]