Genesis Cazalez ’21 - Goldfarb Center

“I have remained engaged in the Goldfarb Center because I believe it has potential to be a chamber of change, inclusion, and impact – not only on the Hill, but in the world.”

Genesis Cazalez ‘21 (co-chair)

Why are you engaged with the Goldfarb Center? 

I stumbled accidentally into the Goldfarb Center my first year at Colby. I remember one of the senior members of the group took me under her wing and made me feel included into a world I had always felt so distant from. This encouraged me to be able to create and cultivate a space in which students like me are able to feel like their voice counts and has impact in the public policy world. I have remained engaged in the Goldfarb Center because I believe it has potential to be a chamber of change, inclusion, and impact—not only on the Hill, but in the world. 

What does leadership mean to you as someone on the Goldfarb Student Executive Board? 

Everyday as the Co-Chair of the Goldfarb Student Executive Board, I learn something new about leadership. Leadership to me is about serving others, listening, and learning. We become leaders by empowering others and serving as a voice that pushes for equity and inclusion as the vision propelling us forward. Leadership isn’t about us, it is about how we can make our community greater and better for those around us and those to come. 

What do you think is the most interesting thing happening right now in public affairs? Or, why do you think it is important for Colby students to care about public affairs? 

One of the most interesting things happening right now is the impact of Covid-19 in the world, specifically in the education sector. We see schools remaining open, some going through intense testing, while others are closed. This wide range of operations affect the day-to-day lives of students and the future of our country. 

Is there a moment you will always remember or a favorite memory you have with the Goldfarb Center? 

Honestly, I’ve met some of the greatest people within the Goldfarb Center. Every memory I’ve shared with members of the staff, student committee, and faculty has encouraged and pushed me beyond my comfort zone—which is something I will always hold dear. A specific memory I will never forget is when I served on the search committee for our new Executive Director. 

Looking ahead, what are you most excited about for this year?

I’m excited to see everything we accomplish as a group. Covid-19 has pushed us to think outside of the box with our events and ways that we can remain inclusive to those on and off campus! We have such an amazing group of students on our Executive Board and Student Engagement Committee. I know this year will be great!