Fast Facts: Jacob Sprang, STAND’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizer, is a senior at the College of William and Mary where he’s studying International Relations and Economics. He also drives a pretty cool PT Cruiser with an American Eagle decal.
Why did you first get involved in STAND and how have you been involved since then?
I first got heavily involved in STAND two years ago after an internship with the Enough Project. Through the internship, I became involved in the Conflict Free Campus Initiative, and then branched out to STAND’s other initiatives and actions.
Name a favorite STAND memory!
My favorite STAND memory has to be the MC retreats. A moment that sticks out to me the most was when Jack, our campaigns coordinator, Sonia, our communications coordinator, and myself were hanging out on the roof of STAND’s office building after our January retreat had finished. I remember really struggling to leave DC because the retreat had been so much fun. Luckily my car battery died so I got to stay with some of the other MC members in DC for an extra hour or two.
What has your experience being on the MC been like?
My experience in the MC has been amazing. Everyone in the MC is so intelligent, passionate and talented. I’m honestly inspired by all of them, and I’m constantly learning things from them.
Can you tell us a little about what you do in your role as Regional Organizer?
As Regional Organizer, I am responsible for outreach and chapter organization. I spend my time reaching out to potential new chapters, while also working with and supporting existing chapters in my region. I work with other regional organizers to develop weekly outreach strategies. Finally, I act as a link between our chapters and our programmatic operations, providing feedback from chapters regarding our campaigns and events.
What’s one thing you’ve learned from your time in STAND, whether as a result of your experiences with your chapter, or being involved on the national level?
From my time in STAND, I’ve learned a lot. But what sticks out the most is that there are so many amazing and passionate students and young people around the country working to make an impact in the name of genocide and atrocity prevention. To me, that’s awesome and it warms my heart every time I get overwhelmed by the negativity associated with genocide and atrocity prevention work.
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