Emerging Activist – Student Leader – Youth Organizer
Hello, my name is Samantha Cotter and I am a member of the American University Class of 2021, where I am pursuing a BA in Political Science. Upon graduating from American University, I am looking to attend law school and eventually hold public office.
On campus at American University, I am involved in a variety of groups. As a first year in the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program I am currently working on a group social action project focusing on the separation between church and state– based within the perimeters of the addition “under God,” to the pledge of allegiance. Within this program I have developed keen public speaking skills, networked with faculty and students, and learned how to cultivate essential leadership skills. As a member of the Pre-law Society I am active in panel discussions based around contemporary legal topics, LSAT prep courses, and workshops that allow me to continue to grow my skills. Additionally, I am an Advocacy Cabinet Member for Residence Hall Council. Through this position I create and implement activities that make the residence halls feel inclusive to all students.
Off campus I stay involved in D.C. and national organizations. Since April I have been working part-time as a Desk Receptionist and Barista/Bartender for The Wing in Georgetown. The two main objectives of my work are to preform basic administrative duties and provide warm, thoughtful, solution-oriented customer service.
Since January 2018 I have been the Deputy Director of Research and Outreach at Blue Future. Within this capacity I assist in aggregating opportunities for young people to make a difference in the 2018 election. Manage partnerships with political campaigns and built relationships with organizers is another major portion of my job. Lastly, I leverage traditional organizing and communication skills to direct outreach strategies to college campuses and local activist groups.
More recently I had the honor of being voted in as the Co-President of the Women’s March Youth Empower Coalition where I work to advocate for legislation at the local, statewide, and national level that creates positive change for youth. Furthermore, I advise a variety of organizations on how to channel their resources most effectively to get youth out to vote.
The numerous activities and groups that I have been involved with, throughout high school and now in my undergraduate education, have influenced me into becoming a leader. During my four years at AU, I intend to continue growing my knowledge and being an active member of my community. Upon graduation from American University I hope to go on to law school and continue becoming a better educated member of our society.