CALLING YOUNG COLLEGE WOMEN IN CHICAGO: Join us this Friday, February 8th, for another College Council event in Chicago to learn more about how to leverage your political power as a young woman. IGNITE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit national organization that supports and trains young women to run for office across the country. You will get to hear from two phenomenal young women who have or are currently running for school board seats, enjoy a catered dinner, receive training on legislative advocacy, participate in a Boards and Commissions Bootcamp, network with other young women from the region and continue to learn about IGNITE in Chicago and how to start a local chapter on your college campus!
Maria G Velázquez – María currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) where she leads the high school, university, and STEM leadership programs across 3 cities. María is a Chicago native whose parents immigrated from Mexico. She earned her B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Iowa.
Prior to joining HACE, María was a community organizing fellow at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). She led naturalization efforts in partnership with local organizations including the Mexican Consulate. She co-led the New Americans Democracy Project campaign, aimed to mobilize the immigrant vote during the 2016 presidential elections. María is a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) alumna after completing the congressional internship program at Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D – IL) DC office.
She now serves as the President for the Chicago Alumni Board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). She is an active member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc and is part of Plan Parenthood’s Future of Choice committee.
Nashra Mohammed – Nashra is currently attending DePaul University where she is double majoring in MIS and Political Science. She aspires to pursue a career in Law. She worked with the Democratic Party of Evanston in support of Laura Fine and Jan Schakowsky where she attended meetings, held phone banks, and gathered signatures in the area. Working with Laura Fine her senior year heightened her passion for a push for quality education.
Nashra worked as an election judge her senior year of High School where she became more interested in her community. Mohammed has been part of several charity organizations in hoping to make a world a better place. She worked with organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, The Chicago Coalition of the Homeless, and The Humanity Projects throughout her high school career. At the age of 18, Nashra is running for District 219 School Board. She is full of devotion and enthusiasm surrounding this opportunity.
Location: Chicago Community Trust, 225 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please email Alyssa Mermea, the Chicago Fellow, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you this Friday, February 8th!
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