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International Students of Lewis & Clark (ISLC)

Nanya Jhingran

Candidacy for Vice President

 

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Major:
Psychology/undeclared

Academic Year:
2016


Nationality:
Indian

Countries Lived in:

India, USA


ISLC Board positions previously held:
Chairperson of Activities


1.      Why are you interested in this position, and what assets could you bring to the ISLC Board and students in our community?:

Having served as the Chairperson of Activities on the ISLC Board for the past year, I have come to realize the aims and goals of the Board and the potential it has as a student organization. I worked closely with Rita, the Vice President this year, towards the end of the management process of the International Fair. It is because of this insight into the sea of opportunity that the international fair presents, that I have an interest in this position. I have been involved with event management throughout my high school career and feel like the entire process is extremely enriching - right from the brainstorming to the actual execution. I love working with people, especially people who have different things to bring to the table - I find it exhilarating, and culturally rich environments feed my wanderlust. The energy and excitement involved in the international fair is so nourishing. I feel like I have the right sort of energy and enthusiasm to bring to the managerial process of the International Fair. I don’t easily stress, but have good managerial skills. Working with people is enriching in that it promotes collaborative learning and a field for cultural interaction.



2.      If selected, what are your goals for ISLC? What would you like to see done? :

If selected, I would love to see ISLC become a larger presence on campus, and tap into resources from over the school and the general Portland area. With a growing international presence on campus, this club has great potential for expanding. I would love to see some collaborations with other campus organizations, the Campus Activities Board, the ASLC, the TCK board and the language departments. I would love to have consistent small scale events, cultural festival celebrations, traditional game nights, speaker series - to promote a consistent environment of cultural exchange. It would also be a great idea to collaborate with PSU and Reed and expand the scope of the ISLC to the larger community. I believe that ISLC is a brilliant platform that we have been provided, and there is a lot we can do with it if we use the right resources and with the right enthusiasm.



3.      Have you had any leadership experience organizing activities or events? If so, please explain briefly, what it was. Do you have any activities or events that you are interested in doing? :

I have been involved with event organization throughout my high school career and have served as Chairperson of Activities on the ISLC board this year. Back in high school, I participating in a fundraising group called the Community Fund which organized two major fundraising events: an annual music concerts with raffles, auctions and such and a Valentine’s Day Soiree with student run food stalls and such. I was responsible for managing finances, sponsor location, publicity and outreach for the group and its events. Both these events were huge successes. I led a Bollywood Dance club at my high school. At L&C, I have been actively involved with all the events put on by the ISLC: the Bubble Tea, Iron Chef, International Fair and the upcoming Peace Day. I was also Stage Manager for the International Fair. I was in charge of the backstage and making sure performances flowed smoothly and there was minimal conflict. As Chairperson of Activities, I have been actively involved with the planning and execution of all the events mentioned above. I’m interested in expanding the amount of events the ISLC is involved in, and I would love to organize more culturally specific activities - probably one a month or so - like game nights, speaker panels, dance workshops and festival celebrations. It would possibly also be interesting to expand the International Fair from a day to possibly a Week long celebration with culturally specific workshops, presentations or celebrations.



Candidate statement.:

“Countless dreams, each dream to die upon/Desires fulfilled and yet so many to go on” I remember listening to this Ghazal by Ghalib everytime I would go on road trips with my father. Little did I know that it would come to have such a great resonance with my life. I live with so many wishes, countlessly multiplying, constantly dreaming, constantly moving. I live by these wishes, and I wish to use the opportunity that the post of the Vice President of ISLC provides as a means of contributing to the LC community. As an international student, I want to share my culture with everyone I meet — and I wish to create a platform where others with the same desire can partake in such activities. Having spent the past two years of my life in an environment where cultural exchange was a daily default, I realized how brilliant and nourishing it is to see things with new perspectives, to burst outside of bubbles and to feel like a part of the world. The International Platform is one such oppurtunity, but I would like to expand on it and create more consistent platforms and ones that reach outside the bounds of just ISLC or Lewis & Clark! I make this statement, aware that I may sound too ambitious but I believe that there are resources we can benefit from, and we should take the privilege we have been given as a part of this community and give back to it!