High Point University

Q&A with the co-presidents of College Democrats

Pictured is College Democrats event with over 100 Democrats from across the state of North Carolina. Photo Submitted.

By: Julie Burkett

Organizations Editor

Dalton Lucas and Gia Scirrotto are the co-presidents of College Democrats, a collection of HPU students interested in supporting the Democrat party and discussing political issues.

Lucas is from Roanoke, Virginia, but recently moved to Winston-Salem. He is a sophomore political science major with a minor in history, civic responsibility and social innovation. Co-President Scirrotto is a junior political science and philosophy major from Jupiter, Florida. They hope to foster interest in their organization and gain new members in the time leading up to the 2020 election.

The two hope to urge Democrats on High Point University’s campus to join their organization to become more informed and meet like-minded people. The members of the College Democrats hope to help the High Point community while inspiring HPU students to become involved in progressive politics.

Lucas and Scirrotto answered several questions about their organization and their plans for the future.

What new events are the College Democrats hosting on campus?

“We plan to be super involved this year in preparation for the 2020 presidential election,” said Scirroto. “We meet every other Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Cottrell 237. We also recently had mayoral candidate Carlvena Foster come to campus and speak to our members. Furthermore, we are providing volunteer and internship opportunities for all of our members.”

Why should students be involved in your club?

“Students have the opportunity to get involved in progressive politics and use their voice to change the world for the better,” said Lucas. “We welcome all people to our meetings and encourage everyone to have an open mind. We are an engaged community that welcomes all people and strives to get our members involved in the political process to create a politically active campus.”

Is there anything students should know before joining?

“There are a lot of opportunities to get engaged and to meet like-minded people,” said Lucas. “We would love to have anyone.”

What is your relationship like with any other politically affiliated clubs on campus?

“Most recently, we partnered with Young Americans for Freedom to get a speaker, Dave Rubin, to campus,” said Scirrotto. “We are open to working with all political clubs on campus. We are friendly and more than willing to work with all clubs on campus.”

College Democrats Co-Presidents Lucas and Scirrotto want to encourage HPU students who have an open mind and are interested in getting involved in politics to join College Democrats. They hope to be involved with other political organizations on campus for the upcoming 2020 election.

The group plans to have a debate with College Republicans in the fall and have more engagements throughout the community. College Democrats meet on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in Cottrell 237.

Students interested in joining are encouraged to reach out to the College Democrats through HPU connect or their email: hpudems@gmail.com.