Welcome to Women in Politics: College Edition, where promising women leaders in student government on college and university campuses across the country will be featured on msnbc.com over the course of the year. Anna Victoria Morales has been nominated by the Denison University as a leader making a difference not only through key issues on campus, but in bridging the gender gap in politics.
As part of a new series at msnbc, “Women of 2014,” these hand-selected women become part of a larger discussion of women candidates and women’s issues on a national level. “Women of 2014” is a home for all women in politics – notably those in some of the year’s most pivotal races – with newsmaker interviews, profiles, photos, a Twitter trail following more than 35 candidates, and deep dives into the key conversations.
From the Ivy Leagues to the Big Ten to liberal arts colleges and beyond, young women are making a difference across the country – meet them here!
School: Denison University
Hometown: Lawrence, MA
Concentration: Political Science, Spanish and Dance
Leadership Role on Campus: Denison Campus Governance Association, AAUW Elect Her and Start Smart, Multicultural Student Scholarship Selection Committee
Dream job: Mayor of Lawrence, MA
Class year: 2014
What is your biggest challenge as a leader on campus?
Personally, my biggest challenge was being truly representative of all of my peers on campus. Regardless of their backgrounds or their needs, my number one responsibility was to represent them and have their desires expressed. This was particularly difficult when policies regarding our student social culture were implemented. My role in situations such as this was to be a representative, but also to be a liaison to my peers and facilitate conversations and dialogues that were shaping the culture and discourse on our campus.
Which female leaders do you draw inspiration from?
Madeline Albright, Coretta Scott King, Elizabeth Warren, Sonia Sotomayor, and Bélgica Adela Mirabal Reyes.
What comes to mind first when you think about important moments in history?
History has been filled with many human accomplishments. Among them, I find some of the most significant to have been the ratification of the 13th Amendment, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Geraldine Ferraro’s Vice Presidential campaign, the crumbling of apartheid South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s presidential victory in the country’s first democratic election, and President Obama’s inauguration. But to be honest, I don’t think that we as people have come to the most important moment in history. When all human beings can freely live in peace in a world filled with harmony and respect is when I believe the most important moment in history will have occurred.
What do you think should be President Obama’s No. 1 priority?
What’s your go-to diner order?
Waffles and fries.
To nominate an exceptional undergraduate female leader in student government please email Anna Brand at Anna.Brand@nbcuni.com