Volunteer Spotlight: Ben

Volunteer Spotlight- Ben

APRIL 12, 2016
Circle of Women at Yale College
An Interview with Yale Chapter Volunteer and PR Director, Ben.

As part of our celebration of National Volunteer Month, we are excited to introduce you to one of our volunteers, Ben. Ben is the PR Director of Circle of Women’s Yale Chapter. He is a potential applied math major. Besides for Circle of Women, Ben is also involved in designing for the Yale Daily News, providing free tax preparation for low-income clients through VITA, and leading incoming freshmen on backpacking trips as part of freshman outdoor orientation trips.

CoW: How long have you been a Circle of Women volunteer? What drew you to Circle of Women?

B: I’ve been a Circle volunteer for just over a month now but have been fortunate enough to get involved in several aspects of the organization right away.  My friend Elena, the current Director of Fundraising, first drew my attention to Circle of Women and encouraged me to join.  I’m so grateful that she introduced Circle to me, because when I reflect on the course of my own life up to this point (albeit short), education and women’s rights have been so integral to my personal development.  Circle gives me the chance to act upon this gratitude and give back to the international community what my own family and community have given to me. 

CoW: Why has your education meant to you? Why do you feel women’s education is important?

B: It is impossible to overstate how much education means to me.  My education has profoundly shaped who I am today, and the young man I strive to be.  It has filled me with so much hope, inspiration, agency… essentially every sensation that makes the human experience so rich and fulfilling.  The fact that my family overcame so many odds to afford me such opportunities drives me every day to learn and grow as much as I can.  I am blessed to have never faced significant barriers to education and other life joys, which is why I’m devoted to Circle’s mission and belief that every child, regardless of background or circumstance or gender, deserves access to quality education.  And given that my closest confidantes and biggest role models are women, I personally find it so important to unlock young girls’ potentials to change others’ lives for the better.

 CoW: Lastly, what is your favorite aspect of Circle of Women?

B: What I love about Circle of Women are the vast opportunities for students to take the initiative and responsibility to empower other students around the world with educational experiences that we’ve been so lucky to receive ourselves.  We are a small yet intimate and committed group of students who not only recognize the differences in our own education and others’, but also possess the compassion and tenacity to reduce these disparities across borders.