The Conference on World Affairs annual program is designed by our volunteers and student involvement is crucial to its success. Each year two Student Volunteer Coordinators (SVC) are selected to lead the CWA student committee (a group of close to 100 CU Boulder students) and involve new students each year.
This fall, CU Boulder seniors Meredith Maney and Tess Rose will hold the SVC postions.
Meredith is student in the Leeds School of Business studying marketing and information management with a minor in economics. She is a member of the executive teams of the Leeds Association for Information Systems and Leeds Ambassdors.
Meredith attended her first CWA as a freshman and became an active volunteer during her sophomore year. During her time at CU Meredith has held numerous volunteer positions with the CWA including: panel producer, driver, member of the student committee, transportation coordinator, board member and now student volunteer coordinator.
"Everybody wants to volunteer for the Conference - when you go, you automatically want to be behind the scenes," said Meredith. "When you feel the energy in the panels and you see a glimpse of the types of people we bring in, you want to find more ways to get involved and help bring it to life."
Tess is an International Affairs major with minors in French and Spanish; she recently completed a summer study in East Africa with a focus on women's issues in post-conflict Rwanda and Uganda. She first learned about the CWA during a campus tour, and it was one of the deciding factors in her choice to attend CU Boulder. Tess became a volunteer with the conference her freshman year and has dedicated much of her time and energy to the CWA ever since.
"The CWA exposes students to issues and ideas they may not learn about in their majors or otherwise," says Tess. "I hope it inspires them, as it has for myself, to take action in their communities and become involved with the causes they care about."
This is Tess' second year in the role of SVC, and she was recently appointed to the student position on the CWA Board for the 2017-18 academic year.
For more information on student volunteer opportunities with the CWA, visit the CU Student Volunteer page.