Cassandra Griffin

University of Nebraska Omaha

Cassandra Griffin is a leader in service to her community. Ms. Griffin, a sophomore at the University of Nebraska Omaha, is an outstanding campus and community leader who is fully committed to addressing barriers to citizen engagement through informed voting, public policy and helping area nonprofits increase their capacity to carry out their mission through mobilizing community volunteers. Her passion can be seen out in the community as she leads large groups of volunteers during campus Service Days to behind the scenes when working with community organizations to develop strategies to engage and educate the electorate so they can be more informed in making decisions that will impact their daily lives. A thoughtful and empathetic leader, Ms. Griffin can often be found mentoring student employees in the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility and has been praised for her dedication to ensuring the needs of those she works with are met in a compassionate manner. Ms. Griffin has left a lasting mark on our campus and community and plans to continue this work into the future.

Jeffrey Gold
University of Nebraska Omaha

Personal Statement

I have been passionate about politics and how getting involved can improve people's lives from a young age. That enthusiasm has yet to fade, but fortunately, I get in significantly fewer arguments on playgrounds. I have learned over the years that politics are not separate from the things we consider important -- all too often policy has a direct role in deciding who matters and who doesn't. I am currently the Social Justice Service Supervisor for The Collaborative, an organization on UNO's campus that emphasizes the importance of community involvement through working with non-profit organizations. Through the office, I am a Public Affairs intern for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Planned Parenthood Voters of Nebraska. I help coordinate volunteers, do research on pertinent issues relating to candidates and policy, and more. Through my work with the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table, I worked on a deep canvassing project that sought to connect with often overlooked residents of North Omaha. Outside of non-profit work, I have been very involved in local political campaigns and parties as well.

Cassandra Griffin
Political Science/ Government Affairs & Civic Engagement : Class of 2020
written 2018

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Terrell Saunders, UNC Greensboro Lizbeth Morales, Univeristy of North Texas at Dallas Evelyn Denisse Monreal Pitones, Universidad de Monterrey Mikita Thompson, University of Baltimore Jayda Williams, University of Central Arkansas Madeline Mills, University of Central Florida Kalen Russell, University of Central Oklahoma Wanjiku Gatheru, University of Connecticut Sarah Richard, University of Dayton Liliana Diaz-Solodukhin, University of Denver Krista Smith, University of Florida Mariana Grijalva, University of Houston-Downtown Marvin Slaughter, University of Illinois at Chicago Alix Fisk, University of Kansas Cynthia Corona, University of La Verne Taryn Jones, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Stephanie Milani, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Josue Rivera Valdez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faith Boone, University of Miami Anna Maria Genovesi, University of Michigan-Flint Jennifer Mossgraber, University of Missouri - St. Louis Sophie Moon, University of Montana Spencer Whyte, University of Mount Union Cassandra Griffin, University of Nebraska Omaha Daniel Suber, University of North Carolina Asheville Sreevidhya (Vidhya) Balasubramanian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Katherine Rasmussen, University of North Florida Brittaney Dyer, University of North Georgia Ashley Sánchez, University of Northern Iowa Prathm Juneja, University of Notre Dame Sabine Brown, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Heidi Lee, University of Pennsylvania Matthew Bell, University of Puget Sound Victoria Stabile, University of Rhode Island Alicia Jiggetts, University of Richmond Josefina Jaramillo, University of San Diego Daizha Green, University of South Carolina Tiana Burgess, University of South Carolina Beaufort Michael Sullivan, University of St Thomas Wendy Hoang, University of Wisconsin - Madison Yoger Aguilar, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Zoe Betancourt, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Sydney Mastey, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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