CELA - Civic Engagement Leadership Ambassadors

CELAs are our student leaders and representatives selected from among the majors to be part of the department’s outreach and engagement effort. They actively participate in the department life, serve as liaisons to the wider campus community, mentor students, facilitate special events, maintain our presence in social media, and otherwise assist anyone wishing to learn more about the political science major. If you have questions about the life in the department, academics, student activity, resources or simply want to learn more about majoring in political science or life at West Chester, consider reaching out to one of our ambassadors. They will be happy to address your inquiries. This academic year we have an outstanding trio of ambassadors:

CELA

Katie Fox

I am a fourth year Political Science: Applied Public Policy major with Minors in Spanish and Geography and Planning. As I reflect on my past four years at WCU, I have gathered several accomplishments and created even more memories! I have worked as a Commuter Assistant for the University's Office of Off Campus and Commuter Services and have served as President of my Panhellenic Sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon. Last year, I got my first hands-on government experience working for the West Chester Borough. All these things, as well as the challenging and interesting classes of the Political Science Department, are helping to prepare me for my future as a government employee and educator. When I graduate, I hope to further my education in graduate school. I am happy to finish my final semester at WCU as a Civic Engagement Leadership Ambassador :) 

CELA

Katie Kerr

Throughout my three years as Golden Ram, I have truly learned many invaluable skills and continue to build upon my knowledge with each new class I take both in about out of the Political Science Department. I have grown to love our department and am so glad to be a CELA who can assist prospective students and listen to current Political Science students about any concerns or suggestions they may have. Outside of being a CELA, I also serve as the Secretary of the Model United Nations club as well as the President of the Golden Rams Society and enjoy taking time to be involved in as many campus events as possible!

CELA

Megan Shaw

I am a senior Political Science and Spanish major. I am on the International Affairs track within the department, so it was easy to incorporate language and culture classes into my schedule. I got the opportunity to study abroad in Seville, Spain in Spring 2020 before the pandemic. I would recommend studying abroad to any student who has the opportunity! I hope to attend graduate school to pursue a career in International Public Affairs. I have been a Civic Engagement Leadership Ambassador since the Fall 2019 semester and have loved every moment. Throughout the semesters, we have increased our social media presence to spread the word about amazing events that the department offers. Outside of developing the social media accounts, my favorite part has been been talking with prospective students and answering any questions about the department or the university as a whole. Outside of the classroom, I am on the volleyball team and serve on the executive board for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Ambassadors in action:

  • Preview Day for Prospective Students
  • Student classroom visit to Philadelphia
  • "Impeachment Day" open lecture
  • Global Leadership Excursion to Wilmington, DE
  • Recruitment of Majors from General Education classes
  • Faculty interviews
  • International Education Week
  • Survey major students on career priorities
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