“I have only been at Colby for a short amount of time, but, within it, I have seen Goldfarb’s efforts to engage the Colby community in discussions on public affairs and relevant current events. Like Goldfarb, I think these conversations are essential to making progress on a nationwide scale.”

Q&A with Josue Gonzalez ’23

What about the Goldfarb Center and its activities interested you in seeking an active role in a leadership position?

I have only been at Colby for a short amount of time, but, within it, I have seen Goldfarb’s efforts to engage the Colby community in discussions on public affairs and relevant current events. Like Goldfarb, I think these conversations are essential to making progress on a nationwide scale.

What are you most looking forward to as a newly-elected member of GSEC? Or, do you have any specific goals or ideas you’d like to see implemented?

I am looking forward to putting together my first event, which is in the works right now. Also, I would like to see more efforts to engage the rest of the Waterville community. Though COVID-19 currently makes this more difficult, I am sure we could find a way to increase non-Colby affiliated participants.

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

The nationwide conversation on racism, immigration, and healthcare have garnered most of my attention at the moment. Progress in each of these issues seems more possible than ever before. Engaging our community in these conversations can cause for this potential to be realized.

Why do you think it is important for Colby students and the broader community to care about public affairs?

Public affairs have an immediate impact on the lives of millions of people every day. If an issue does not ring as important to you, then you are privileged enough to not be impacted to the same degree that millions of people are. Caring about public affairs is caring about your community. However, the goal is for that care to translate into action, and, one day, change.