Bragging Rights: Student Serves on Fairfax County Commission for Women

Posted: November 8, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: November 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

By Aisha Jamil

Rachel Nohe. Photo courtesy of Rachel Nohe

This year, Mason sophomore Rachel Nohe is serving on the Fairfax County Commission for Women as a student representative. The commission advises the Board of Supervisors on ways to advance equality for women and young girls throughout the county.

Nohe, who joined the commission in September, serves as a nonvoting member. She helps the commission to gain perspective on issues facing young women and channels information to peer groups and student organizations.

“Although I don’t have a vote, I still talk and voice my opinions during our meetings to persuade the women to vote a certain way,” says Nohe, an integrative studies major with a concentration in international studies.

Every two years, the commission sets an agenda for the following two years. This year, members of the commission will be focusing on lobbying for housing vouchers for domestic violence victims.

Nohe got involved with the commission through a class she took last semester. This past spring, Nohe organized a community class project with Facets, a nonprofit organization that helps provide shelter for homeless women.

Attending a commission meeting as part of a class requirement, Nohe quickly became interested in becoming a member. She is the group’s youngest and only student representative.

The commission meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Monday of each month (except August) at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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