• DANIELA FINLAY

    Member of Narrative Building, Civic Leaders, and Convention Experience Committees

    VALUES

    • Curiosity: Curiosity is vital for human growth, innovation, and acceptance.
    • Honesty: Honesty promotes trust and openness, both vital for a healthy society.
    • Perseverance: Without perseverance, nothing would get done.

    HEROES

    • My Mom: She left communist Cuba very young thinking that she might never see her family again so that both she and I could have a better life.
    • Greta Thunberg: She has done so much work to fight climate change and she has shown that kids really can make a difference.
    • Hillary Clinton: She got the closest to breaking the ultimate glass ceiling.

    WHAT I HOPE TO LEARN FROM MY TEAMMATES

    I hope to learn more about civic engagement in different sectors of the workforce and how to incorporate civics into different aspects of life.

    SUPERPOWER

    My superpower is that I love to read. Whether it’s the news or an interesting book, I’m always reading and it keeps me informed.

    PURPOSE

    I want to fill the civics-shaped hole found in the typical American high school curriculum. Especially in this polarized political environment, an outlet for students to explore and engage with civics is crucial.

    A BIG QUESTION ON MY MIND

    How can we stop the further polarization of society?

    A CREATION I'M PROUD OF

    The annual Spence Unconference. An outlet where students can design and run a workshop for other students on any topic they want relating to social justice and/or diversity in any way.

    BOOKS I LOVE

    • Ronan Farrow’s War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
      It showed me the inner workings of the State Department and taught me about a lot of conflicts that happened either before I was born or when I was too young to understand.

    • David McKittrick and David McVea’s Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland: I’m really interested in the Troubles and this book provides a very clear and very interesting explanation of what occurred.

    • J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: I’ve read this book so many times and every time I read I fall in love with the characters all over again.

    PODCASTS I LOVE

    • FiveThirtyEight PoliticsIt’s a good mix of discussing politics and current events with analysis of polls and data.
    • Lovett or Leave It: It’s a comedy show about politics and it always makes me laugh.
    • Brexitcast: I’m very interested in European politics and this keeps me updated on the biggest crisis in Europe right now, Brexit.

    ART I LOVE

    • The Hamilton Soundtrack: It made both history and musical theater accessible and relatable for the general public in a new.
    • The Imitation Game: It’s a great movie about an incredibly underrated and important historical figure.
    • Grey’s Anatomy: Since the show has been running for so long, it has allowed interesting character developments in a way that shorter running shows cannot (and it’s also really entertaining!).

    BRANDS I LOVE

    • Google: I don’t know what I would do without google, I use it for basically everything.
    • FiveThirtyEight: They give really interesting insight into politics and sports through data, which is not used very often in mainstream reporting.
    • Oatly: It’s a really good milk alternative that is both tasty and environmentally friendly.