College Democrats at IU Executive Board
President - Terry Tossman
As President, Terry is tasked with being the primary representative of the IU Dems to the school, Democratic Party and community. Terry is also in charge of directing the overall strategy and direction of the organization for the 2017 year. Terry sought the role of President because he wanted to ensure that all students on campus felt welcome and safe while pushing for progressive values in the city of Bloomington. Terry also seeks to make IU a more sustainable campus and get more students involved in the political process whether it is through voting or working for a political campaign.
Vice President - Javier Fuentes-Rohwer
As Vice President, Javier is responsible for keeping and maintaining the records of IU Dems while assisting the President in representing the organization on campus and in the community. He became involved with IU Dems in order to help promote the progressive ideals and values of the Democratic Party and to engage students in local, state, and national issues. Javier’s primary goals during his time with the organization are to push IU towards becoming greener campus, create more awareness on local and state issues in the student body, and to make it easier for IU students to become involved in the political process.
Director of Communications - Courtney Schwerin
As Director of Communications, Courtney’s main responsibility is making sure everybody is connected and in the loop. This includes sending weekly emails to members and managing the group’s social media. This semester Courtney’s biggest initiative has been the “week in review” emails where she sends a comprehensive email of the week’s news, with reliable sources, to IU Dems members. She has also spent a lot of time developing a new social media strategy which has seen great success. One of Courtney’s biggest priorities for her tenure with IU Dems is to expand the reach and influence of IU Dems outside of Bloomington.
Director of Political Affairs - Paige Settles
As Director of Political Affairs, Paige’s responsibilities primarily involve formulating policy for the College Democrats at Indiana University. This includes drafting policy proposals on specific issues, weighing in on messaging decisions, and developing the organization’s platform. Paige is involved with IU Dems because she believes in the Democratic Party’s ability to improve the IU campus, the Bloomington community, the state of Indiana, and the overall direction of our nation. Her primary goal while in this position is to continue making progress toward a safer, more inclusive campus and community for all Hoosiers.
Treasurer - John Teney
As Treasurer, John’s main responsibilities are fundraising and maintaining the budget. His goal is to raise $450-$500 this semester which will cover operating costs. Through fundraising we can maintain our ability to allow free membership thus increasing our student involvement. In order to gain the funds needed to run our organization John has been in contact with our local Democratic organizations and former donors. John is involved with College Dems because he believes in progressive change for Indiana University.
Director of Outreach - Brooke O'Connor
As the Director of Outreach, Brooke is primarily tasked with serving as the official representative of College Democrats to other campus organizations. She is also tasked with ensuring that lasting relationships with other student groups are built, maintained, and properly utilized. Brooke wanted to serve in this position because she’s deeply committed to the agenda of the Democratic Party and the values of democracy, thus wants to make our voice heard across campus and to increase our prominence and exposure, thereby building grassroots support in achieving our goals. Brooke wants to ensure that student groups are made aware of the opportunities to participate in College Democrats events, or at the very least, become more active in the political process at the local level.
Director of Social Events - Raegan Davis
The Director of Social Events is, in essence, an “ideas man/woman/person.” Raegan works together with other members of the board to brainstorm ideas for meetings, speakers, panels, and events the IU Dems can organize. She then develops those ideas into tangible events and drums up support for them by communicating through other student groups and departments in an attempt to build a sense of community within Indiana University. Raegan pursued this position because she believes that group cohesion is key to furthering our goals of promoting progressive causes and that a unified, informed, and inclusive group of liberal students is the most capable advocate for change.
Adviser - David Pace
As Faculty Advisor, David Pace has been actively working with the College Democrats since 2010 and with progressive causes and the Democratic Party for the past half century. He is an emeritus professor in the IU History Department. As a non-voting member of the executive board, his primary role is to provide continuity and to serve as a repository for the experience of previous boards. David continues to hold this position because watching the current generation of college students approach the challenges of our time with such clarity, insight, and energy gives him hope for the future.