Emily Minster Leadership Portfolio

School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, American University

About Me

Emily Minster is a member of American University’s Class of 2024 where she is seeking an interdisciplinary degree in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government as well as a double-minor in Spanish and sociology and a certificate in Spanish Translation. She is also hoping to pursue a Community Based Research Certificate and a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. Additionally, she is a member of the Community Based Research Scholars living learning community, an honors program that focuses on working within local communities and emphasizes community based learning through meaningful service and volunteer opportunities, through which she is currently volunteering with the Central American Resource Center. She is also a second year student in the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program where she is a TA leading a group of first-year students in developing research and a social action project surrounding the ramifications of the politicization of immigration.

Originally from the North Shore of Massachusetts, Emily attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School where she was passionate about politics and the law. She served as captain of the mock trial team and led them to their first regional victory, paving way for them to compete at the state competition. She also was a member of the Next Generation League of Women Voters where she worked with the organization to increase civic engagement in the local high school and middle school as well as host informational and educational events for students and adults of all ages.

From an early age, Emily has been passionate about the democratic process and political accessibility, volunteering on her first congressional campaign in 2014 and subsequently working on campaigns and issues that focus specifically on women’s rights and voter engagement. She plans to one day use these experiences to lead campaigns and one day run for office herself to champion policies that amplify marginalized voices and support the interests of the general public and the common voice.

After high school, Emily took a gap year during which she lived in Belgium through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program where she was immersed in a new and unfamiliar culture and had to learn an entirely different language as she attended a local school and lived with a host family. She is incredibly excited to use this experience to support pursuing her interests in foreign affairs and language studies at American.