ABOUT

SOCIAL ADVOCACY

Boston University is home to an incredibly complex, diverse, and unique undergraduate student body. The Department of Social Advocacy is dedicated to making sure that it’s complex, diverse, and unique students all have the best experiences at BU possible. We aim to do so by creating a community that is welcoming and open to all. In the 2018-2019 school year, we have several initiatives being implemented to enhance the BU student’s overall time at the university. This includes a Terrier Survival Guide, more mental health programming, and an increased emphasis on the student experience. We strive to make every student’s time at BU, one they remember fondly, and hope to work with the entire student body in making that a reality. We are advocates for the students so, if there are any changes you feel would better BU, please feel free to reach out at any time during the year. Go Terriers!

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DIRECTOR
THARA VENU

SHE/HER/HERS

Hey, I'm Thara (she/her/hers), the current Food Pantry Committee Chair, a senior studying Neuroscience at CAS, and I'm from New Jersey! A few things about me are that I enjoy watching fast-paced sitcoms (my favorites being Arrested Development,

New Girl, and Community), listening to music while doing absolutely nothing, and attempting to cook new recipes. My only credible talent to date is semi-accurately estimating how much salt something needs <3.

I am also the Director of Programs at the national student-led non-profit company, University Blood Initiative, where we focus on the national blood donation crisis by establishing chapters at universities across the country and connecting them with their local blood donation center. I am hoping to implement the skills I gained from this experience into my work as a Food Pantry Committee Chair, where my team and I can tackle food insecurity issues on campus by building and running our first Food Pantry! If you guys have anything you'd like to contribute to the pantry, feel free to contact me via email (tvenu@bu.edu).

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR
KATE SANDAGE
CAS ’23

SHE/HER/HERS

Hello! My name is Kate Sandage (she/her/hers) and I am a rising junior from Belmont, Massachusetts, studying sociology at CAS. In my free time, I love cooking/baking vegan recipes, reading, and binge watching any of the Real Housewives franchises!

 

I first joined the Social Advocacy department when I was a freshman because I was drawn to the department's commitment to furthering social justice causes on campus. I have always been really impressed by my past leaders' dedication to topics ranging from food insecurity on campus to cultural recognition to student group collaboration. As the next deputy director, I intend to continue working on issues like these and others because I truly value students feeling seen, recognized, and appreciated at BU.

 

Other advocacy work that I have been involved in was my internship for the Natalia Linos' congressional campaign last summer. As a field organizer, I learned a lot about practical ways to fight for social justice issues through canvassing and campaigning. Through this experience, I learned a lot more about these issues and how to educate other people about them in a productive way.

 

I'm super excited to be back in person this Fall so we can accomplish our goals and help other students navigate the transition. I can't wait to start working with Vivian and the rest of our department so we can help make a difference on campus!

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SOCIAL ADVOCACY