Each month, NeW is proud to highlight a NeW alumna. Today, we would like to feature Jean Morrow, a graduate of the University of Florida. Read about what Jean has been up to since her time at NeW:
Where and when were you involved with NeW on Campus?
I was involved with the University of Florida’s NeW chapter from the fall of 2008 to approximately the spring of 2012.
What drew you to NeW originally?
As a political science student, I was constantly the conservative-libertarian black sheep in my classes, with the exception of a few others on occasion, and wanted something more. I was very active with the UF Pro-Life Alliance and two good friends (Katie Flores and Ruth Michel) told me about UF’s NeW chapter. I thought that a conservative club exclusively for women may just be what I needed. After my first meeting, I knew it was a good fit for me!
What was your favorite thing about being involved with NeW?
As a student at a very large and predominately liberal university it was very uncommon to find conservative and well-grounded thinkers. NeW was the beacon of inspiration that I needed. I really enjoyed our book discussions about various topics from marriage and family to taxes and the role of government. I also liked our involvement in our community with such things like the Relay for Life and making Christmas cards for veterans in the nearby VA hospital. The social events like the national summer conference and networking opportunities at CPAC were a lot of fun as well.
However, my favorite thing about being involved in the UF NeW chapter was their continuous support of the 9/11: Never Forget Project. This project was an endeavor that I spearheaded for 6 years while in school and the NeW ladies always would help set-up the 2,977 flags to remember all of the Americans murdered on 9/11/2001 and with putting together a vigil service. The 9/11 terrorist attacks represent the Pearl Harbor of our generation and the ladies were always willing to help me remind the UF campus and nearby community about the significance of the day.
What have you done since graduation?
Since graduating, I’ve had a few wonderful professional opportunities in the DC area. I’ve been blessed to have interned in the development (fundraising) department at The Leadership Institute, an organization that teaches conservatives of all ages how to succeed in politics, government, and the media. This led to my current role as the development associate at the Institute for Justice. It’s an honor to be a part of a national public interest law firm that works tirelessly to enforce constitutional limits on government power and preserve the values of economic liberty, property rights, free speech, and school choice.
How has NeW shaped your post-college experience?
NeW helped solidify my core beliefs. The NeW chapter even taught me how to articulate and defend my thoughts more concisely and organize events. The NeW networking events that I have attended since moving to the DC area have been a great way to meet other liberty-minded ladies. I’m very grateful for Karin for establishing such a wonderful organization a few years ago at UVA.
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