Posted October 20, 2008
Meredith Segal has won national acclaim for her role as founder and director of Students for Barack Obama and is now a national-co chair for Obama for America. Segal traces her involvement in the 2008 presidential race to the countless hours she spent working in the community while at Bowdoin.
Among other activities, she previously served as an intern at Woodfords Family Services in Portland, volunteered at Brunswick Junior High School through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick, and served as co-leader of the Bear Buddies student organization, which works with special-needs children and thier siblings. She used her psychology and neuroscience courses to help understand the scientific underpinnings of developmental disabilities. Her volunteer work exposed her to unmet needs in society, and both her community service and political engagement have been fueled by the "profound need in our society" and "the broad societal change" required to make things better.
“Politics at its best is an effort to serve the needs of those whose needs are unmet.”