Spring on the York College campus

Leading by Example

By George Chaffin '18
"Overall my role is to lead, teach, and learn."
Nellie Washington

UNITY had been an establishment at York College for almost 40 years, but it needed someone to reinvigorate its mission. Nellie Washington ’18 (Hempstead, NY) was given the task of starting UNITY back up on campus. She says, “I gathered some friends and did just that. I served last year as UNITY’s treasurer. This year I am UNITY’s president.” 

According to Washington, the organization began as the Afro-American club on campus. Now, she says, “over time we’ve become a multicultural student organization.” She states that “without the help and support of my E-board, UNITY members, and the ISLGP [Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming] office, none of what I’ve done would have even been possible.” She explains that “overall my role is to lead, teach, and learn. I lead my organization to ensure our success in fulfilling our mission. I teach the UNITY members and other students about diversity, about leadership, and anything else that may be deemed necessary to teach. Lastly, I learn. I learn from my mistakes, I learn from my fellow UNITY members, I learn more about diversity and culture, etc. Ultimately, it has truly been a blessing to serve as president of UNITY. I am forever grateful for the opportunity.”

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