Meet Adam Yeazel, Our WUD Society & Politics Committee Director!
Year in school: Junior
Majors: Molecular Biology, International Studies, and African Languages & Literature
How long have you been a member of WUD/Hoofers?
"I’ve spent three years with Hoofer Outing club and two and a half with WUD Society & Politics, one year as an AD and one as director."
Why did you join WUD/Hoofers?
"I joined Hoofers Outing club because I had grown up kayaking on Lake Mendota and eating mint chocolate chip ice cream at the Union and had grown to love the outdoors. My involvement in WUD SoPo started the spring of my freshman year after I had explored other organizations on campus and saw WUD as being the most open, engaging, and committed to actually making valuable programming happen. I saw Society & Politics as a place where people could talk about contentious issues without in a respectful, engaging way and without any pretense. The speakers they brought in, the inventive collaborations they put on, and the people that came to these events all inspired me to join and develop my interest in politics and culture."
What do you do in your role with WUD/Hoofers?
"As Society & Politics Director, I oversee a small committee, organize weekly discussions about current events, and coordinate programming across the whole campus. I reach out to speakers and other orgs to cosponsor events and guide my team in doing the same. I want to work to create educational and relevant programming for all students on campus, and for the broader Madison community as well."
What is one of your favorite experiences from your time at WUD/Hoofers?
"One of my favorite experiences with WUD was after the first event I had put on completely on my own. It was after a lecture on comparative Islamic and US constitutional law from an amazing law professor here on our own campus, Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes. I had to be on top of everything, setting up the room, testing mics, worrying about whether people could find the room and if they were coming anyway. I even shared my water bottle with Dr. Quraishi-Landes because she had forgotten her own. The lecture went wonderfully, everyone in the room learned a lot about sharia and Islamic history, and then Asifa, some students from the Muslim Student Association, and I stayed for a while after chatting. We ended up talking for another hour and a half, and then after we eventually left the room the students from MSA invited me to get dinner with them and talk some more. This kind of genuine connection with other students on campus really capped off a rewarding evening. It felt great to have helped build a forum for educational programming that led to connecting the campus a little bit more."
Why is WUD/Hoofers special to you?
"WUD is special to me because it’s full of people who are incredibly passionate about what they do, but who are also just as willing to be excited and curious about what their fellow WUD members are interested in. There have been many amazing collaborations across WUD committees and even Hoofers. The people in WUD put in work in a professional environment, but are also some incredible friends."
If there was one thing you could make sure everyone knew about WUD/Hoofers, what would it be?
"WUD is where I’ve met some of the most interesting and amazing friends. It’s an incredibly welcoming, fun environment as well as a professional one. I think a key thing about WUD is that it’s more than a club, it’s a part of an actual organization, the Wisconsin Union. Many college unions across the country are purely professionally run, but the Union Directorate is entirely student-run. Every aspect of programming put out by WUD was developed by students, from marketing to logistics to dealing with finances. WUD is some of the most fun I’ve had, but it’s also a great opportunity for professional development for anyone in a welcoming environment."