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Blog: 2019-2020 Educators Rising Student Officers Stress State-National Connection

August 02, 2019

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In Dallas, Texas at the Educators Rising National Conference 2019 on June 25, 2019, three new National Student Officers officially began their year-long terms serving as student leaders for the organization.

Dajsha Williams, an incoming freshman at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rylee Ebert, a sophomore at the Mid-American Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, and Daisy Boyar, a senior at Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, bring a wealth of diverse experiences to their posts. The trio looks to strengthen the connection between the national and state levels of Educators Rising and amplify student voice through discussion of important topics involving education.

Williams, who is serving as National Student President during the 2019-2020 school year, believes “the divide in our country goes without discussion [and] Educators Rising can take to the lead and be a platform for students to have open dialogue about diversity and unity issues.” 

As President, she also wants to look for ways to connect the national and state levels of the organization. “When the national and state levels of Educators Rising become more unified, only then are we able to encourage the members of Educators Rising to speak out about injustices in the communities to state legislatures and others heavily involved in the government,” says Williams.

Ebert, the National Student Vice-President looks to, “develop a strong connection between the national officers and the state officers.” Serving as the Educators Rising Kansas Student President as well for the upcoming school year, she states, “it takes collaboration between the different levels of the organization to grow and help encourage future educators from all over to join Educators Rising.”

The trio of National Student Officers is completed by Boyar, who served as a National Student Ambassador for two years prior to being elected National Student Secretary. She wants to see outreach from the national level of leadership to the local level as well in the form of spearheading charity work. “I think Educators Rising has the influence to aid [communities] with reasonable and achievable solutions.”

Throughout the year, all three National Student Officers will have the chance to serve as representatives of the organization and local, state, and national events, work with the Educators Rising staff to plan events, and have various speaking and writing opportunities. The term of the officers runs through the Educators Rising National Conference in Washington, DC on June 17-21, 2020.