Rachel Wintz, a senior at UAA, was chosen by the American Democracy Project as an ADP Student Plenary panelist at their national conference in June 2013. Her winning video entry, made in collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement and Learning, can be seen here. Wintz, along with four UAA faculty members, will travel to the conference in Denver, CO. ADP is a national initiative of the American Association of Colleges and Universities focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.
“I think the only way to have a healthy community is through active participation of civically engaged citizens. Because of this, we need to encourage people of all ages to be involved in their communities in order to make them better places to live,” says Wintz.
Originally from Palmer, Alaska, Wintz is majoring in sociology, minoring in Spanish and will receive a certificate of civic engagement upon graduation. With her diploma in hand, she plans to work for the Peace Corps in South America and then pursue a master’s degree in international development.