A recent participant in Minnesota Campus Compact’s “Best in Class” Student Leadership Summit, Charlotte Turovsky has taken her leadership skills and passion for change to New York City and back again to Northfield, Minnesota.
As a participant in Project Pericles’ Debating for Democracy National Conference, Turovsky and fellow Carleton students, Logan Nash, ’11 and Dan Levy, ’11, wrote a letter to Senator Amy Klobuchar, urging her to support a federal surface transportation bill. Their letter was chosen as one of six to be presented to a panel of Senators at the Debating for Democracy Conference. Since presenting at the conference in New York, Turovsky, Nash and Levy have partnered with the Northfield community, elected officials and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to host a local Transit Summit. Turovsky, Levy and Nash continue their work around public transit in Northfield through the creation of a website platform for people to submit images, videos and stories about places and instances where transit has failed them. Currently named ‘Dude, where’s my Transit?’, they plan to compile a multimedia presentation and send to local, state and national elected officials.
The presentation on innovative uses of new media that she heard at MN Campus Compact’s Student Leadership Summit influenced Turovsky: “this presentation influenced the way I approached the planning of the national portion of our transit advocacy campaign and I’m excited to continue to build the virtual platform we’ll be using to collect information and stories. We’re hoping that the use of a twitter-like format might help us reach more people and to more efficiently gather the information for our multimedia petition.”
By: Lucy Marincel