As promised, we will begin featuring our outstanding NeW graduates on the blog. Our first honored senior is Kathleen Bracken, a graduate of the University of Virginia. Kathleen is also a regular contributor to the blog and a national leader. She planned the 2009 National Conference. We asked Kathleen a few questions about her involvement and experience in NeW that we are proud to share with you. Thank you Kathleen for being an outstanding NeW woman and doing so much to further this movement!
How Long have you been involved in NeW?
All 8 semesters!
Did you hold any Leadership Positions?
I served as Secretary and then President of my UVA chapter.
What has been the most rewarding experience during your involvement in NeW?
The most rewarding experience was hosting Bay Buchanan at UVA. This was the first major event I planned as President, and it was truly a fun and exciting experience. I learned so much from planning that event and was able to apply this knowledge to other NeW events, such as the National Conference.
What is something you’ve learned in NeW?
I learned about the history of the women’s movement and how the different waves of feminism have impacted the direction of this movement. As an engineering student, my school studies were focused mainly on technical classes and NeW gave me the opportunity to explore other issues outside this discipline that I find interesting and enjoy talking about.
Do you plan to stay involved in the conservative movement and/or politics after graduation? If so, how?
I hope to stay involved in the conservative movement, the NeW alumni network and politics in general. I think it is important to know and understand the current political issues because these ultimately shape current legislation. Further, I’ve really enjoyed the NeW ladies I’ve met over the past four years, and I would like to continue to stay involved and connected with all of these wonderful women.
What advice would you give to younger members of NeW?
Go to the National Conference! This is a wonderful opportunity for NeW members from across the country to meet and is a great way to build friendships with girls from across the country. Case in point: I would have never met Blayne (involved in NeW at ASU) or Holly (NeW Executive Director) if I did not attend the National Conference.
And some special remarks from one of Kathleen’s peers at UVA. Caroline from UVA says,
“It has been such a joy to work with Kathleen at UVA. Her leadership allowed NeW to grow so much during her four years. Kathleen is always willing to lend a helping hand, and her dedication to NeW is inspiring. We are going to miss her intelligent contributions at book club and her enthusiasm for spreading our message at UVA.”
Kathleen (on the right) with Holly Carter at the
2009 National Conference, which she planned and organized.