Roseangela Hartford ’18
Major: International Relations and Spanish
Minor: Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies
It’s tough to make your mark on the world when you’re just following the same well-worn path that everyone else travels. So I like to explore new roads. I came from a financial situation where I didn’t think I’d be able to go to a college like Ursinus, so it makes experiences like spending my summer as a political fellow in Washington, D.C., attending weekly congressional meetings and penning an op-ed on youth homelessness all the more incredible. I’m savoring every opportunity that Ursinus presents to me. I’ve still got time to figure out what’s next, but you can be sure I’ll be looking to blaze a trail that’s best for me.
“My entire experience at Ursinus has been to not just find out who I am, but what it means to be in my position,” Roseangela Hartford says.
A semester stint in Washington, D.C., allowed her to fully realize that. Through a James G. Fulton and J. Steele Gow political fellowship, Hartford worked for a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. learning about the economy, good government, foreign policy, environmental movements and leadership. She attended two congressional briefings a week and attended a progressive conference with legislators from all over the U.S. who came together to talk about women’s rights, environmental issues and wage inequality. She also published an op-ed about how schools can help students facing housing uncertainty. Next up: the college’s Peace Corps Prep program and a career advocating for human rights. “I’ve had amazing professors and academic advisors who helped me lay the groundwork and get me to think about difficult topics. There is something about the professors here and the way they connect with students that is very different.”
Resident Advisor for Musser
As an active Bonner Leader, I volunteer through the ESL program at Ursinus College, Accion Comunal Latinoamericana de Montgomery County (ACLAMO), Catholic Social Services (CSS) and Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos (CCLU). Also, I serve as the faculty liaison and member of the Ursinus Diversity Committee, sing in the B’Naturals female a capella group and further my writing skills as the Communications Green Fellow for the Office of Sustainability and as a Writing Fellow at the Center for Writing and Speaking.