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), a BA in Public Health, 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 American University’s four year J.D./M.P.P. program, to earn my law degree as well as a Masters in Public Policy. 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,, housing and community development, substance misuse 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; I currently serve as a Fellow for the Kennedy Political Union, a Sigma Kappa sister, a Phi Alpha Delta brother, an intern for the Addiction Policy Forum, and a Desk Receptionist for AU’s Housing and Residence Life Department. 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 email me at vv0969a@student.american.edu!