Q&A with Gabby Rickards ’24

Why are you engaged with the Goldfarb Center? 

While attending Goldfarb events, I was drawn to the ability that the Center has to bring together students, faculty, and community members in pursuit of their interests in current events and public policy. I appreciate how Goldfarb works to expand people’s perspectives by bringing in speakers that discuss current events, thus working to inform and educate the Colby and extended Waterville community. 

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

To me, leadership in this position involves bringing an interdisciplinary and holistic perspective on current events to the community. Thus, it involves working to supplement and strengthen the community’s resources to better our collective understanding of these complex issues in public affairs and current events. 

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

I am very interested in the current legislation surrounding the pharmaceutical industry, especially in terms of medicine and treatment procedures. I believe that current legislation can address the magnitude of the opioid epidemic and how it affects populations throughout the US differently. 

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

Looking ahead I am excited to work with this motivated and interdisciplinary group of individuals to bring engaging and innovative speakers and events to the community. I also believe that the lead up to the 2024 elections will be very interesting to follow this academic year!