Campaign Gifts Have Impact: DGC Student Leader Tatianna Amatruda ’17

Support received through the Campaign for Douglass: Innovative Education, Women’s Leadership, is enhancing key programs like support for Leadership opportunities such as the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), Externships, opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and scholarship support. Read how programs in leadership are shaping one student’s College journey.

Douglass Governing Council (DGC) External Vice President Tatianna Amatruda, Class of 2017,  serves as the 2014-2015 Student Liaison to the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Board of Directors. She is a Human Resource Management and Information, Technology and Informatics Major who came to Douglass from Los Angeles, California. She shares from her experience at Douglass thus far:

Why did you come to Douglass?
I chose to become a Douglass woman because of the plethora of unique opportunities, including the living-learning communities and the chance to further develop my leadership skills. I came to Douglass so that I could have a home away from home within such a large University. It really is a wonderful place.

What does being a student leader mean to you?
During my first semester I became a Class of 2017 representative for the Douglass Governing Council. The following semester, I was elected as the External Vice President. I wanted to improve my leadership skills. The DGC has impacted me in a much larger way than I thought. It provides the resources to truly make a difference at Douglass and I meet amazing people!

What do you hope to share with other students as the liaison to the AADC Board of Directors?
I really would like Douglass students to realize how much the AADC contributes to Douglass and how humble alumnae are about their generosity. The AADC works hard to give Douglass women scholarship support, networking opportunities and an overall exciting experience throughout our time at Douglass.

Where do you live on Douglass?
Last year I lived in Woodbury-Bunting Cobb, which is the dorm for STEM students. This year I will be living on Jameson Campus in the LEAD House, a living-learning community that develops and fosters leadership skills for women. We will also participate in the Public Leadership Education Network’s (PLEN) Women and Public Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. during winter break.

What have you learned about yourself at Douglass?
Being a part of Douglass has allowed me to form mature views and opinions on modern issues concerning women.  As the External Vice President of the Douglass Governing Council, I believe my public speaking skills have vastly improved in a short amount of time. I am excited to learn more as I continue on my journey as a Douglass student.

What are your plans and dreams after graduation?
I hope to work for a non-profit or a company that promotes environmental sustainability or the reduction of obesity in America. These are two issues that I am very passionate about and I would like to make a difference.

The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC) held the public launch of the Campaign for Douglass at a special kick-off reception in New York City in October 2010. It is the most ambitious capital campaign undertaken thus far and benefits Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University. Thank you to all who have supported the Campaign and are helping us exceed our $35 million goal. All alumnae are invited to join in this historic initiative! Learn more at

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