Victoria Wells ’14 Elected Vice President of PODER: A Latino Association
IMC major Victoria Wells ’14 was elected as vice president of Ithaca College’s student organization, PODER: A Latino Association, for the spring 2012 to fall 2012 term. PODER was established in fall 2008 to unite the students of Latino descent at Ithaca College, fostering and promoting diversity awareness of Latino culture on campus. With over 100 members, this organization will be hosting its third annual banquet in September 2012 to celebrate Latino Heritage Month.
Victoria reports and assists PODER’s president, where she is responsible for preparing and promoting events, such as the annual banquet and a Latino conference for members to attend. She carries herself in a mature and orderly demeanor to maintain a positive image for the organization. If the president is absent, she assumes the constitutional duties for any event, activity and E-board meeting. In addition, she ensures that other E-board members are completing their duties properly and efficiently.
As for advertising and promotions, the entire PODER E-board works collectively to promote events. Social media tools Facebook and Twitter are heavily used to inform and update members and the public about upcoming events and community service opportunities. Victoria works with the public relations co-chair, reviewing flier mock-ups, and ensuring that the Facebook event details are accurate and created in advance.
Victoria said, “The vice president position helps me develop management skills by working closely with the E-board to complete assigned tasks on time. It is similar to a real-world profession because the E-board experiences changes and scheduling conflicts with ALANA organizations, placing me in constant contact with the president. We have to make quick decisions that work for everyone. With this experience, I have decided to run as marketing chair of the National Association of Black Accountants, in order to enhance my skills in the marketing communications field.”
Contributed by Victoria Wells.