NeW caught up with the women from NeW at Boston College. Learn about the great work these women are doing on campus from their e-board members.
Why is NeW important to your chapter?
NeW has created a close-knit group of women on Boston College’s campus who trust each other as classmates, colleagues, and friends. The chapter has allowed members to see that even those who share the most important values may bring diverse talents and points of view to the table. Every university has a different culture regarding conservative values; our board views the semesters between general elections as growth years, during which members build a strong foundation for times when being a conservative woman on campus is challenging.
What kind of impact has your chapter had on campus?
The best interactions our members have had are those at Boston College’s Involvement Fairs. Yes, we are a conservative women’s organization, and yes, we have a membership of over 100 women. Being present at every fair helps us meet a crucial goal: to create awareness among students that there is an alternative lens to every issue. One of my favorite quotes is General George S. Patton’s, “If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking.” Following this idea, our NeW chapter strives to empower our members in the classroom. This community has every woman’s back when she raises her point of view so that we may make Boston College what a university should be: a place for the free exercise of ideas.
What has been your chapter’s favorite event/meeting to host and why?
Our members had an absolute blast hosting Boston College Police Officer Anthony Cadogan for an Israeli Krav Maga session. Officer Tony tailored this style of self-defense for us women to feel empowered and have the skills necessary to take control in a crisis situation. He had us giving each move our all and enjoying every second! This was our second event this year hosting a member of our university police department; we love getting to build relationships with those who keep us safe at Boston College every day.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a chapter on their campus?
If you are thinking of starting a chapter at your university, do not hesitate to reach out to a campus coordinator. The community and legacy you can build for future classes of conservative women at your school will be of utmost benefit. NeW has provided our members with opportunities at our fingertips that we could not get anywhere else.