Dear members, friends, and alumni of the UNI Freethinkers & Inquirers,
With every spring, this student organization undergoes its leadership transition, making way for new leaders. We, speaking not just for myself but for all past presidents, treat this process very seriously, and put significant thought into the candidates for every position, and that although I did not make the cut every time, the end result was better for the group. This seriousness and dedication to leadership distinguishes the Freethinkers & Inquirers among many other student organizations, so it was with enormous pride that I accepted the presidency last year.
As I will be returning for another year at UNI, I will be retaining my position as President of UNIFI. I have learned a lot from my officers this past year, and I look forward to pushing another officer team to succeed and supporting them in implementing their vision for the group. But it is not just my tired old vision that is necessary for leadership, but also new (and frankly, more youthful) energy that is needed, too.
With that in mind, I have asked Natalie Kaufman to be the next Vice President of UNIFI.
Natalie joined the organization in her first year at UNI as a member. I recall meeting her at, I believe, her first regular UNIFI event in September of 2013, at Know Your Arguments: Secular Identities. At that first meeting she asked many questions and had already begun to grasp some of the more difficult questions the secular community faces in knowing its identity and what it should mean to be secular, to be a freethinker, and what the responsibilities our community should have.
Although just a member, that year she led her first meeting as she co-hosted a talk on reproductive rights and abortion. That successful event and others naturally followed with her pursuing an officer position and being appointed as Director of Public Relations last year. In that position, she has exceeded my expectations, and has proven herself to be reliable and supremely invested in the success of this group.
I give Natalie my thanks for being a voice of reason at officer meetings, and for excelling in her role as Director of Public Relations. I look forward to working with her over the next year, and especially in selecting the officer team that will succeed this years’ and continue to be a voice for secular values at UNI.
President, UNI Freethinkers & Inquirers
P.S.: I would be remiss not to mention that officer applications for the next officer team will be available shortly, with a transition to the new officer team in approximately one month. Please stay tuned for this!