Katharine McDaid is very involved in community and civic engagement at UMW. She has worked with UMW Votes for two years now, and has helped register and educate student voters as a Campus Vote Project Fellow and a Student Leader with Virginia21, a non-partisan, non-profit group that focuses on Virginia state policy relevant to our college-aged population. Kate has helped plan and implement several civic engagement events on the UMW campus, including National Voter Registration Day and Vote Early Day. She also helps our Fredericksburg community by serving as the Associate Director of Bookmobile Fredericksburg, a non-profit organization that promotes both literacy and a love of reading in communities in our region.
Throughout my time at the University of Mary Washington I have been able to find my passion in life which is civic engagement paired with service. Taking part in my school’s annual service days have given me the opportunity to see how much good can be done by a group of people who work together. I’ve been a Democracy Fellow with Campus Vote Project as well as serving as an intern for UMW Votes, a non-partisan organization within the University to help increase voter turnout and civic engagement. My volunteer experience includes being a Student Advocate, and now Leader, with Virginia21, a non-partisan, non-profit group that focuses on policy affecting college-aged people that may get overlooked by those in Virginia’s General Assembly. I am currently the head of the Voter Registration and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Team within UMW Votes. In addition to those positions, I also work in the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) with UMW Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) Council, and I am the Associate Director of Bookmobile Fredericksburg, a non-profit organization that promotes both literacy and a love of reading to communities in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties.