Ohio University College Democrats

Ohio University College Democrats We are a political organization that seeks to engage the student body in the democratic process through political participation in elections.
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2020-2021 Executive Board:

President: Elanor Skees
Vice President: Megan Gale
Political Director: Mady Nutter
Membership Director: Haley Janoski
Treasurer: Grant Perry
Communications Director: Lucy Thompson
Secretary: Cameron Shank

Operating as usual

❗ special announcement❗Say hello to our new treasurer, Larissa! We are so excited to add her to our executive board and ...
04/27/2021

❗ special announcement❗
Say hello to our new treasurer, Larissa! We are so excited to add her to our executive board and start working toward all our goals for the next year!

❗ special announcement❗
Say hello to our new treasurer, Larissa! We are so excited to add her to our executive board and start working toward all our goals for the next year!

Happy Model Member Monday! We are proud to present Cody: a senior at OU studying biology with a minor in chemistry. "In ...
04/19/2021

Happy Model Member Monday! We are proud to present Cody: a senior at OU studying biology with a minor in chemistry.

"In the fall I will be starting my PhD in cell and molecular biology at Michigan State University. My biggest interests in politics have to be climate change, healthcare, and racial equality. Equality in science has especially been important to me as science can help improve the lives of people, but when science is comprised of primarily one group of people it’ll ultimately only help that group. OUCD has been a great opportunity to meet many people and to hear from different perspectives."

Happy Model Member Monday! We are proud to present Cody: a senior at OU studying biology with a minor in chemistry.

"In the fall I will be starting my PhD in cell and molecular biology at Michigan State University. My biggest interests in politics have to be climate change, healthcare, and racial equality. Equality in science has especially been important to me as science can help improve the lives of people, but when science is comprised of primarily one group of people it’ll ultimately only help that group. OUCD has been a great opportunity to meet many people and to hear from different perspectives."

Happy Model Member Monday to.... YOU!!! We wanted to take a break from our normal MMM posts to thank all of you for enga...
04/12/2021

Happy Model Member Monday to.... YOU!!! We wanted to take a break from our normal MMM posts to thank all of you for engaging with our organization and being amazing members! We hope that as finals are ramping up you take time for yourself and know you are appreciated (by us and so many others!). Have a great week democrats!

Happy Model Member Monday to.... YOU!!! We wanted to take a break from our normal MMM posts to thank all of you for engaging with our organization and being amazing members! We hope that as finals are ramping up you take time for yourself and know you are appreciated (by us and so many others!). Have a great week democrats!

It's a beautiful Monday Democrats! Here is our equally beautiful Model Member Monday: Elanor! She is a Junior studying P...
04/05/2021

It's a beautiful Monday Democrats! Here is our equally beautiful Model Member Monday: Elanor! She is a Junior studying Political Science and our 2020-2021 president.

"I have been a member of OUCD since my freshman year, I am currently serving as president, and have previously served as treasurer of OUCD. I am very thankful for this organization and all of the friends it has given me. I am passionate about gun control, healthcare, equality, and the environment. I am very excited to see what the next executive board will do in the coming year and am hopeful to see everyone in person in the fall."

It's a beautiful Monday Democrats! Here is our equally beautiful Model Member Monday: Elanor! She is a Junior studying Political Science and our 2020-2021 president.

"I have been a member of OUCD since my freshman year, I am currently serving as president, and have previously served as treasurer of OUCD. I am very thankful for this organization and all of the friends it has given me. I am passionate about gun control, healthcare, equality, and the environment. I am very excited to see what the next executive board will do in the coming year and am hopeful to see everyone in person in the fall."

Happy Monday Democrats! Get ready for a good ole Model Member Monday with another ✨new member✨ Larissa! Larissa is a fir...
03/29/2021

Happy Monday Democrats! Get ready for a good ole Model Member Monday with another ✨new member✨ Larissa! Larissa is a first year political science pre-law major.

"I am very passionate about education reform, LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, racial justice, and prison/criminal justice system reform. I have only been involved in OUCD for a short time but have loved the opportunity to engage with politics and this amazing community of politically-minded students. I’m so excited to get more involved with Dems and with politics at Ohio University and beyond!"

Happy Monday Democrats! Get ready for a good ole Model Member Monday with another ✨new member✨ Larissa! Larissa is a first year political science pre-law major.

"I am very passionate about education reform, LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, racial justice, and prison/criminal justice system reform. I have only been involved in OUCD for a short time but have loved the opportunity to engage with politics and this amazing community of politically-minded students. I’m so excited to get more involved with Dems and with politics at Ohio University and beyond!"

Excited to announce our 2021-2022 executive board! Congratulations to all and looking forward to another great year of O...
03/24/2021

Excited to announce our 2021-2022 executive board! Congratulations to all and looking forward to another great year of OUCD. Thanks you to all the previous exec members for all their hard work!

Hey Dems! Get ready for a Model Member Monday 🎉💫 Today we are hearing from Andrew Stone, a junior political science majo...
03/22/2021

Hey Dems! Get ready for a Model Member Monday 🎉💫 Today we are hearing from Andrew Stone, a junior political science major in the HTC:

“I have long had a passion for politics, in particular promoting human rights and protecting workers. I have been an OUCD member since my freshman year. Through OUCD, I developed a stronger connection to the Bobcat community thanks to discussing important issues and building friendships with fellow members as well as meeting OU alumna who have gone on to have successful political careers. Looking to the future, I hope to be further involved in campaigns as Ohio Democrats look to take this great state back in 2022.”

Hey Dems! Get ready for a Model Member Monday 🎉💫 Today we are hearing from Andrew Stone, a junior political science major in the HTC:

“I have long had a passion for politics, in particular promoting human rights and protecting workers. I have been an OUCD member since my freshman year. Through OUCD, I developed a stronger connection to the Bobcat community thanks to discussing important issues and building friendships with fellow members as well as meeting OU alumna who have gone on to have successful political careers. Looking to the future, I hope to be further involved in campaigns as Ohio Democrats look to take this great state back in 2022.”

Happy Monday Dems; hopefully you have recovered from the time change and are ready for a Model Member Monday! Hunter is ...
03/15/2021

Happy Monday Dems; hopefully you have recovered from the time change and are ready for a Model Member Monday! Hunter is a senior journalism and political science major:

"I'm currently the Communications Director for College Democrats of Ohio and passionate about gun control, healthcare reform, and equality. I joined OUCD my freshman year and it has given me some of the best experiences and friendships from my time at OU!"

Happy Monday Dems; hopefully you have recovered from the time change and are ready for a Model Member Monday! Hunter is a senior journalism and political science major:

"I'm currently the Communications Director for College Democrats of Ohio and passionate about gun control, healthcare reform, and equality. I joined OUCD my freshman year and it has given me some of the best experiences and friendships from my time at OU!"

Happy Monday Dems! Today's Model Member Monday is Kaitlyn Cummings, a junior communication studies major.  "I love being...
03/08/2021

Happy Monday Dems! Today's Model Member Monday is Kaitlyn Cummings, a junior communication studies major.

"I love being a part of OUCD because of the community and opportunity to having a meaningful conversation about current events and their impact in a broader context."

Happy Monday Dems! Today's Model Member Monday is Kaitlyn Cummings, a junior communication studies major.

"I love being a part of OUCD because of the community and opportunity to having a meaningful conversation about current events and their impact in a broader context."

Hey Dems! Incoming Model Member Monday: Brenna is a second year theater and spanish major and a NEW MEMBER!!"I joined OU...
03/01/2021

Hey Dems! Incoming Model Member Monday: Brenna is a second year theater and spanish major and a NEW MEMBER!!

"I joined OUCD last semester to keep myself involved with the 2020 election, and it has been a great opportunity to involve myself in the OU and Athens community & learn more about local and state politics! I’m passionate about intersectional feminism and LGBTQ+ rights, and actively learning about both racial and environmental justice. I’m also interested in how theater, music, & art have been used politically, and how they can continue to be used to make the world a better place."

Hey Dems! Incoming Model Member Monday: Brenna is a second year theater and spanish major and a NEW MEMBER!!

"I joined OUCD last semester to keep myself involved with the 2020 election, and it has been a great opportunity to involve myself in the OU and Athens community & learn more about local and state politics! I’m passionate about intersectional feminism and LGBTQ+ rights, and actively learning about both racial and environmental justice. I’m also interested in how theater, music, & art have been used politically, and how they can continue to be used to make the world a better place."

Happy Friday crazy kids! Join us for an alumni spotlight:Johnathen Sweeney is a 2020 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School...
02/26/2021

Happy Friday crazy kids! Join us for an alumni spotlight:

Johnathen Sweeney is a 2020 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in strategic communication. He lives in Cincinnati with his parents and two dogs, Rosie and Romeo.

OUCD was very important for his time at OU. He gained many friends while in the org. It also opened up many possibilities, such as serving as an LGBTQA+ Affairs Commissioner in Student Senate. It also provided him the opportunity to travel to various OCD events and network.

Since graduating he was lucky to find employment at his local JoAnn's. During the summer he interviewed with various programs in the Episcopal Service Corps, almost going to St. Louis for a year, which he was not able to do because he doesn't drive and the public transportation there is very unreliable.

In October, he was a co-organizer for the McConnell v. Justice Rally, spearheaded after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to oppose the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

Thanks Johnathen!!

Hey Dems! Happy Model Member Monday! Today we are hearing from Kelly, a sophomore majoring in sociology/criminology and ...
02/22/2021

Hey Dems! Happy Model Member Monday! Today we are hearing from Kelly, a sophomore majoring in sociology/criminology and political science pre-law.
"I joined OUCD the fall semester of my freshmen year because I wanted to be around people that were interested in the same issues that I am. I’m passionate about gun control, reproductive rights, and the environment. OUCD has given me some of my closest friends and it is nice being a part of an organization that allows us to talk about issues that are prevalent today."

Happy Model Member Monday! Today we will be hearing from Lucy, a second year geography and environmental studies double ...
02/15/2021

Happy Model Member Monday! Today we will be hearing from Lucy, a second year geography and environmental studies double major.

"Being part of OUCD has been such a great way for me to find my place on campus! I feel lucky to have met some great friends in the org while also being able to further explore my interests through a political lens. I am passionate about ecofeminism, equity, climate change, and appalachian issues. It has also been very rewarding to serve as the communications director for OUCD and collaborate with the executive board."

Make sure you check out this upcoming event OUCD is participating in next Wednesday:
02/13/2021

Make sure you check out this upcoming event OUCD is participating in next Wednesday:

Happy Model Member Monday! We are proud to present Megan, a sophomore studying Special Education!“I first got involved i...
02/08/2021

Happy Model Member Monday! We are proud to present Megan, a sophomore studying Special Education!

“I first got involved in politics when Obama was running for his second term, I was so intrigued by how our government worked and how we elected people. I joined OUCD fall of my freshman year because my mom told me she thought I would love it. At first, I was a little nervous but OUCD quickly became a second family to me. Majoring in special education I see and learn about all the ways that our current education system is broken and that is why I'm extremely passionate about creating equity in education. I am also very passionate about voting rights, reproductive justice, and climate change.”

Happy Monday Democrats! Today's Model Member Monday is Jade; she is a sophomore studying sociology in the Honors Tutoria...
02/01/2021

Happy Monday Democrats! Today's Model Member Monday is Jade; she is a sophomore studying sociology in the Honors Tutorial College with plans to earn a WGSS certificate.
“I’m an Athens local, so I joined OUCD last year as a continuation of my involvement with the Athens County Dems. I’m passionate about mental health policy advocacy, LGBTQ+ liberation, and economic justice. I’ve had the opportunity to advocate for change within systems of care to better serve youth and their families while on the statewide council of Youth MOVE Ohio . I look forward to working with the OUCD to make progressive change.”

Get excited! Its our first Model Member Monday of spring semester! Today, let's hear from Cameron Shank: Cameron is a ju...
01/25/2021

Get excited! Its our first Model Member Monday of spring semester! Today, let's hear from Cameron Shank:

Cameron is a junior at OU studying Political Science, and is interested in voting rights, healthcare, environmental policies, and foreign policy. "I became interested in foreign policy after studying abroad last year in the United Kingdom. Seeing the political differences between the United States and the United Kingdom on how they handled policies like healthcare, transportation, and the political process really opened up my eyes how differently the United States deals with domestic policies. I have been with OUCD since my freshman year and am excited for the new semester."

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01/25/2021

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It is our last model member Monday of the semester and we are excited to highlight Dasia, a first year political science...
11/30/2020

It is our last model member Monday of the semester and we are excited to highlight Dasia, a first year political science major!

"I am passionate about reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration rights, and prison reform. I turned 18 this year and voted for the first time which was really exciting. I grew up being dragged along with my dad when he would go vote, and he always stressed the importance of making my voice heard. This election was a stressful one, but I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to participate! I’ve always been fairly political, but I haven’t really had the chance to get involved much, yet. I am really excited to get more involved and do a lot more in the future, both at OU and beyond!"

Hey Bobcats! Welcome to model member Monday! Maddie Denny is a first year student, majoring in political science.Maddie ...
11/23/2020

Hey Bobcats! Welcome to model member Monday! Maddie Denny is a first year student, majoring in political science.

Maddie is most passionate about LGBTQIA+ rights, Medicare for all, reproductive rights, racial justice, and environmental justice. After taking just a few political sciences courses she learned how important it is to be politically active - vote at every possible opportunity, reach out to members of congress, read up on policy, learn how those policies affect yourself and others, and encourage others to do the same. 2020 was the first time Maddie had the opportunity to vote in a presidential election, and although Joe Biden wasn't her first choice (fun fact: in 2019, she drove to South Bend to watch Pete Buttigieg announce he was running), she was still super excited to vote for him and is even more excited to see what he will do during his time in the Oval Office. She's so stoked to be on campus as soon as it's safe and is looking forward to working with OU College Democrats for the rest of her undergrad career!

Good afternoon Dems! For this lovely Monday we will be hearing from Grant Perry, our Treasurer and a second year perusin...
11/16/2020

Good afternoon Dems! For this lovely Monday we will be hearing from Grant Perry, our Treasurer and a second year perusing a duel degree in environmental geography and political science.
"This fall I had the privilege of serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Lucas County Democratic Party in Toledo, OH. My main responsibility was to recruit and assign volunteers to different campaign activities such as phone banking, text banking, and literature dispersal at polling locations and the Early Vote Center for voters to review on their way in. With the election over I now serve as a staffer for the party office. This job has been a great learning experience and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity!"

Happy model member Monday! Today we will be hearing from Chloe Ruffennach, a senior strategic communications major:“I wo...
11/09/2020

Happy model member Monday! Today we will be hearing from Chloe Ruffennach, a senior strategic communications major:
“I work for Student Affairs Communication and Marketing as a social media coordinator, and I’m nearly halfway through my senior year here at Ohio University. I study strategic communication and hope to use my experience from Student Affairs and being the former communications director of OUCD when searching for a career in the next few months. Both positions have allowed me to bring attention to social issues that I’m passionate about, such as diverse representation and climate change all while giving me experience in the field I want to enter. Like many, I was shaped by the horrible precedent the Trump administration set, and these past few years have taught me the importance of strategic messaging and branding especially on social media. Even with the former administration shadowing my college experience, I have learned so much during my time at OHIO and met many friends, most of which I can credit OUCD for. This organization has set me on the path I am now, and I’ll be forever grateful for the lessons I’ve learned during my membership.”

Oh hey, it's a model member Monday! Check out Mady Nutter, a junior from Cincinnati, OH studying journalism strategic co...
11/02/2020

Oh hey, it's a model member Monday! Check out Mady Nutter, a junior from Cincinnati, OH studying journalism strategic communication with a specialization in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and a minor in public health.
"I’m passionate about reproductive justice, sex education, LGBTQIA+ rights, racial justice, and prison abolition. At OU, I’m the political director of OUCD, a certified peer health educator with power gamma, and the VP of Generation Action. This summer, I had the pleasure of being a social media intern for Kate Schroder to help flip OH-1 blue! It was such an incredible experience working with Kate’s team and learning more about campaign work, social media strategizing and graphic design. I encourage anyone who is interested in politics to get involved with your county party or any local elections in your district— there are so many people eager to mentor, so many connections and networks to build, and so many new skills to learn!"

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2020-2021 Executive Board:

President: Elanor Skees | [email protected]

Vice President: Megan Gale | [email protected]

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