Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Hello, my name is Kate Goertzen and I am asking for your vote for Campus Life Representative.
I work in groups with ease and enjoy bringing events to the Swarthmore community. I’ve gathered a great deal of publicity and planning experience as co-director of the Kitao Gallery board, as a member and now co-director of the Sexual Health Counselors, and as a member of the Student Health Advisory Council (if you have ideas for or concerns about Worth, talk to me)! Last summer I worked for The AIDS Institute in Washington, D.C., where I pushed for responsible policy change, created outreach materials, and helped organize the annual conference for health organizations in the D.C. area. Thus I am comfortable with publicity, event planning, and problem solving strategies on and off campus.
I also realize how important it is for Swarthmore to reach outside the “bubble.” I enthusiastically take part in the Philadelphia art, music, and theater scenes, and have a lot of ideas for sponsored trips off campus. I’m doing thesis research in Philly and Chester, so I am likely to find activities “off the beaten path” that Swatties would be interested in. I think it’s important for Swatties to take advantage of the opportunities in surrounding communities and to give back to these areas. I would love to help connect you with these opportunities. To start this process, I’d like to provide more college-sponsored transportation to nearby attractions using student input to determine popular spots and an appropriate schedule.
This position has added importance due to the privilege of serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council. I feel that my extensive experience in outreach, planning, and group efforts has prepared me for this challenge. I’m approachable, organized, responsible, and a great communicator, and I look forward to serving you in this capacity. I’m ready to listen to your voiced concerns and to push for appropriate changes.