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Know Your WUD Leader: Adam Yeazel

WUD Society and Politics Director Adam Yeazel also plays double bass viola in the symphony orchestra.

The word “student” doesn’t do justice for everything UW-Madison junior Adam Yeazel accomplishes. In addition to his role as a molecular biology and international studies major, Yeazel also works in a research lab, plays double bass viola and serves as the director of WUD Society and Politics.

The WUD Society and Politics committee is a nonpartisan group of students that make it easy for people to talk, listen and learn about the current events and challenges facing society—all while bringing together diverse students, faculty, staff, members and guests with a rich range of values and ideas.

Yeazel has always had an interest in politics, with experience in Model United Nations and student government throughout his high school in Middleton. Last year, he was an associate director for Society and Politics, giving him plenty of new friendships and inside knowledge on how the committee operates.

“My goal for Society & Politics, and the Wisconsin Union in general, is for the organization to attract meaningful change,” Yeazel said. “I admire the weight of the speakers that Society and Politics and other subcommittees already bring in and the quality of the lectures put on, and I think inspiration for the student body can be found in such illustrious presenters.”

By attending the Jones Leadership Center retreat at Camp Manito, Yeazel had the opportunity to reflect on his own leadership style and experience other methods.

Yeazel wants his role as Society and Politics director to go beyond just organizing speakers. By going above and beyond, he expands the goals of all WUD committees: to help create, shape and prepare tomorrow’s leaders.

“I am more of the mindset to facilitate discussion until it turns into something more, rather than just attend a single lecture and then stop thinking critically about the topic presented,” Yeazel said. “In short, I’d love to see more of our campus involved and truly invested in what’s going on around them.”

Author: Ellie Herman

Ellie Herman is a senior at UW-Madison studying Journalism and Mass Communication and French. If she's not petting every dog at the Terrace, you can probably find her drinking massive amounts of coffee at Peet's in Memorial Union.

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