The O’Connor Institute Millennial Council engages this important segment of society to help identify important issues and topics. The Council works to help craft actionable solutions and outcomes, simultaneously developing impactful leadership skills.
In 2016, a focus group comprised of accomplished young leaders convened at the O’Connor Institute to explore this new initiative. Following multiple meetings over several months, the group determined that their peers would benefit greatly as citizens in knowing, “How To Become Civically Engaged” – thus defining the Council's mission for those aged 18-35.
The O'Connor Institute Millennial Council Leadership group includes Mikaela Colby, Sarah Delaney, Claire Eichmann, Maureen Feeney, Julia Garcia, Jonathan Gelbart, Jacob Hamman and Caitlin Watters.
The newest initiative of the O’Connor Institute, the Millennial Council, launched April 13th with a debut event held in the Great Hall of the Beus Center for Law and Society. Following several months of planning, the Millennial Council leadership determined that their primary goal is civic engagement and public policy education.
The event, “The Future Is You: Choose To Engage” featured Chris Herstam, past president of the Arizona Board of Regents, Chief of Staff for Governor Fife Symington and former Arizona Legislator who provided a power point presentation with facts and information regarding the status of multiple issues facing Arizonans.
The event was moderated by NPR affiliate KJZZ host and reporter, Lauren Gilger, a recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. Following the program, scores of Millennials stayed for a reception to discuss what they had heard and its impact. The Millennial Council leadership is in the process of planning a follow up event for the fall and details will be announced in the near future.