Sarah King '18 Represents College Nationally as Delegate and Advocate
June 09, 2016
Attending Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., from left, Grace D'Antuono '19 and Sarah King '18.
Sarah King '18, a communication and politics double major from Cumberland, R.I., was recently selected to serve as a student delegate as part of College Debate 2016, a national, non-partisan program that focuses on empowering young voters at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, Calif. From June 1-3, she worked with students from 149 campuses around the country.
King participated in sessions with other delegates addressing how to get young people engaged in voting and other political processes. She attended several lectures by journalists, filmmakers, and California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla. In addition, she took part in several workshops with other students from the New England region on developing on-campus student excitement for the upcoming election.
"It was amazing to be engaged with so many other students who had different opinions and perspectives than myself," King says. "We were able to have really productive conversations about youth engagement, innovative ideas for the voting process, and how to better practice civility in our conversations."
King will return to Dominican University in September to attend the 2016 College Convention, at which students will engage in discussions on national youth issues. They will also participate in a moderated Town Hall meeting which will be live streamed to the delegates' home campuses. The final component of the convention will be the drafting of a memo to moderators of the Presidential Debates requesting that they address the issues and concerns of youth voters.
An Advocate For Change
Earlier this year, King was also selected to be an advocacy ambassador for Save the Children, an international organization that promotes children's health and wellbeing. Through her work with Save the Children, she participated in an Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., April 10-12.
King attended the Summit with fellow Saint Anselm student Grace D'Antuono '19, as well as students from the University of New Hampshire and Concord High School. During her time in D.C., King took part in conferences and workshops that focused on early childhood education and maternal health, which are the primary areas of focus of the Save the Children Action Network (the political advocacy branch of Save the Children). Working alongside her was Saint Anselm alumna Lindsay Hanson '04, who serves as the Mobilization Manager for Save the Children Action Network.
On the final day of the Summit, the ambassadors lobbied on Capitol Hill and met with members of Congress. They advocated for greater access to early childhood education and an investment in health programs for mothers and children. As there were already many students representing New Hampshire, King and D'Antuono worked with representatives from their home state of Rhode Island. They lobbied with the President of Save the Children, Board of Trustees, and actress Dakota Fanning.
During her one-year tenure as an advocacy ambassador, King will complete three initiatives to promote the mission of the Save the Children, including actions such as writing a letter to an editor or setting up an informational table on campus. On May 12, she held a screening of the film A Path Appears, a PBS documentary which highlights a Save the Children program, at her high school.