My name is Victoria Vena, and I’m a part of the Class of 2021 at American University in Washington, D.C. I am earning a BA in CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics, and Government), and I am also earning an additional certificate in Advanced Leadership through the School of Public Affairs (SPA) Leadership Program. After I graduate in 2021, I plan to apply to AU’s 3.5 year J.D./M.A. program, to earn my law degree as well as a Masters in International Affairs. I identify politically as an independent, carrying many diverse opinions about different issues both social and economic. Some of my passions within legislative policy areas include agriculture and food security, civil rights and liberties, law enforcement, education, environmental protection, housing and community development, public health, transportation and public works, substance abuse and mental health care, and consumer protections. I love being engaged within both the AU community as well as the D.C. community, and I do this through various clubs and volunteer activities: the American International Relations Society (AMIRS), the Kennedy Political Union (KPU), and D.C. Reads. Every few months, I also cook nutritious meals for sick children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House Charity. In the past, I have worked with the National Eating Disorder Association, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity. My proudest achievement was working to start a grassroots organization, Community in Crisis, in order to bring local attention to the opiate and heroin crisis in New Jersey. I acted as the Head Youth Coordinator for three years, and it is the accomplishment I feel the most passionate about. During my time with this organization, I worked to recruit local youth, write grant proposals, and complete ground work with promotion and customer relations. I strive to spend my time as a college student as an active, caring member of the community, and I live by the principle that the “service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth” (Muhammad Ali). If you have any questions or would like to reach out to chat, please feel free to reference my contact information!