This week, several sisters will be in Washington D.C. to represent Alpha Delta Pi in the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC) and lobby Congress on Capitol Hill. Their #1 priority is to lobby on the Collegiate Freedom of Association Act (CFAA), the REACH Act (Anti Hazing) and the END ALL Hazing Act.
In addition to Government Relations Liaisons Maureen Carnevale and Kathryn Goddard, International President Emily Erkel, NPC Delegate Patty O’Neill, and Executive Director Amanda Sloan, the following collegians were selected to participate:
Elyse Cinquino, Eta Beta – Allegheny College
Major: International Studies and Spanish
Dream Job: to work in the Foreign Service/be a Foreign Service Officer
Why did you apply to lobby in D.C.? I was interning in D.C. this past summer and love the environment of the city and the opportunities it brings. I also wanted to give back to the sorority/fraternity community that has given so much to me. By lobbying for continuing same sex sorority/fraternity organizations I feel I can provide a perspective on the value I see in keeping these historical organizations at college campuses today and in the future.
What do you hope to get out of this experience? I hope to not only meet more ADPi sisters but also other Sorority women and men that share common and different ideas and opinions. I think it will teach me a lot about the process of lobbying for a specific organization and cause. I think this experience will reinforce the advantages of keeping and being involved in fraternity/sorority life.
Fun fact! I’m the first person in my family to join fraternity/sorority life! I also studied abroad in Querétaro, México this past fall to learn more about Mexican International Relations, Mexican culture, and improve my Spanish language skills.
Megan Gould, Upsilon- Washington State University
Major: Agriculture and Food Security
Dream Job: to lobby for agriculture at the Congressional level
Why did you apply to lobby in D.C.? I applied to lobby in D.C. because I think keeping fraternity/sorority life is critical to ensure the success of undergraduate students at universities. Fraternity/sorority life gives students a place to fit in, allow them to grow, and really prepare students to be successful in the future. I wanted to share that positive outlook with our legislatures so we can keep the fraternity/sorority life that students know and love for many years to come.
What do you hope to get out of this experience? I hope I can get first-hand experience on what it’s like to lobby for a Greek organization, so that I can use that knowledge to become a better advocate for the community and a better member for my chapter. I want to know the legislative process from the governmental side and from the side of a citizen using their right to advocate
Fun fact! I was a ballerina for 15 years!
Victoria Mescall, Theta Rho – Sacred Heart University
Major: Media Arts: Journalism with a minor in Women’s Studies
Dream Job:News Producer/Domestic Violence Awareness Advocate
Why did you apply to lobby in D.C.? I applied to lobby in D.C. because I believe in the value of fraternity and sorority life. Alpha Delta Pi has given me a place to lead, learn, and grow, and I believe that all collegiate students should have that same opportunity. I am honored to work with the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition to lobby on behalf of an organization I support wholeheartedly.
What do you hope to get out of this experience? I hope to make an impact on the people I meet. I want our congressional representatives to understand how much Greek Life means to collegiate members. And how much I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my sisters.
Fun fact! My hometown used to be the biggest town in the United States! But we recently voted to become a city to get better representation in our state government.
Our sisters are raising money for the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC). Members can donate through www.fspac.org and should submit “Alpha Delta Pi” or “Maureen Carnevale” when asked, “Who asked you to donate?” for ADPi to receive credit.
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