Kailyn is sophomore majoring in Political Science, International Affairs, and Philosophy with a minor in Spanish. She is driven by a strong work ethic and a passion for learning. As an active member of multiple student organizations, including the Morningside Civic Union, the Morningside Mock Trial Team, the Connie Wimer Women's Leadership Program, and Omicron Delta Kappa, Kailyn has quickly emerged as a student leader on campus. She has played significant roles in several campus-wide events, such as the annual voter registration drive, poverty simulations, and Morningside Stand Against Sex Trafficking. Her efforts have made a significant, positive difference on campus and in the larger Sioux City community. Through her campus and community engagement, Kailyn's outstanding organizational and communication skills are easily detected. In her interactions with a variety of people across a diversity of settings, she has shown that she is a reliable, energetic leader who welcomes the opportunity to delve into new tasks and challenges. The desire and commitment Kailyn brings to her work inside and outside of the classroom has ensured that she is extraordinarily prepared to thrive as a fellow working to bring about social change in her community.
Growing up in a very small rural community, I rarely was exposed to the issues of inequality that plague our society today. My eyes were opened once I moved to a bigger city to attend college, and I instantly became passionate about fighting for these issues and working toward establishing a more fair society. One issue that I particularly care about is immigration and rights for immigrants, and I believe there are two important and impactful ways to address this issue. The first of these is by being politically active by voting or contacting representatives. Working with an organization on campus, I have helped to register hundreds of college students to vote, as well as provided information for my peers about ways they can communicate with their representatives who are already in office. The second method I believe is impactful is by simply going out and volunteering in one's community. I enjoy volunteering at a local resource center for immigrants, as it is a way to directly and positively impact the lives of those who are a vital yet often underserved population within our society.