Q&A with Erica Lee ’24

Why are you engaged with the Goldfarb Center?

Through Goldfarb, I have had access to a wide range of opportunities, mentorship programs, and guest lectures from renowned experts in various fields. These experiences have enhanced my academic knowledge and helped me develop critical thinking and research skills that will undoubtedly benefit me in my future endeavors. Also, the Goldfarb Center has fostered a strong sense of community and civic engagement and I would like to create an inclusive and diverse intellectual environment at Colby along with my peers to actively contribute to important social issues and make a positive impact in my community.

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

We have to create an inclusive and collaborative environment where every board member feels valued and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and skills. As a co-chair, I strive to create a space that encourages open dialogue, active participation, and mutual respect to promote a sense of belonging and teamwork. Setting a clear vision and direction for the Goldfarb is important which I will make sure to establish strategic goals and priorities that align with the mission of the Goldfarb Center and Colby community.

What do you think is the most interesting thing happening right now in public affairs?

The upsurge trend of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools reminds me how the rapid advancements in technology, such as artificial intelligence, automation, and data privacy, pose new challenges and opportunities for public affairs. We see that there are different approaches on the issues related to digital governance, cybersecurity, and the ethical use of emerging technologies which are at the forefront of policy debates.

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


I am looking forward to seeing how my experience in the past year studying abroad in Sweden and Scotland will shape my perspectives and contribute to my personal and Goldfarb Student Executive Board growth. I am excited to see how these experiences will influence my approach building relationships with the amazing group of students on our Executive Board and Student Engagement Committee.