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Meet College Living Girl, Rylee Stenberg

Meet College Living Girl, Rylee Stenberg

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What do aviation school, public policy and President Bill Clinton all have in common? The answer is Rylee Stenberg, a 21-year-old senior double majoring in Government and Law & Society at New Mexico State University (NMSU). 

Stenberg attended the former Commander in Chief’s eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at the University of Miami, to promote her Commitment to Action; a students plan to address a global issue. 

Stenberg’s commitment is Project ID Refugee, which focuses on identifying the needs of the displaced people in the Central African Republic (CAR) and streamlining the funding they’ve been receiving to community based projects. She first learned of this conflict because it was one of the topics chosen for her model United Nations team.

“Once I heard about it, I was like, ‘oh my gosh, this has been labeled as one of the most silent conflicts by the United Nations, I gotta do something about this,’” Stenberg shares exclusively with College Living.

And for a full year she began researching the CAR, organized what type of community based projects she wanted to focus on, brainstormed how to secure funding and how to get the money streamlined to those projects. Although Stenberg created and presented the plan to hundreds of college students, she had the support of her friends back home.

“I do have a group of friends from the Model UN team with me who became very passionate about this project and getting the community involved and behind this,” she says.

On campus, Stenberg and her teammates played The Devil Tried to Divide Us, a documentary about the conflict in addition to giving talks and presentations to bring awareness to the cause.

“A lot of people aren’t in touch with what’s going on in many areas of the world and I really wanted to bring this to the platform to say, really get people in touch with the conflict there because it’s just fallen under the radar, so it just gave me the push really to get people in connection with the information,” Stenberg added.

Rapid Fire

1. Coffee or tea? Black coffee.

2. Read the book or see the movie? Read the book.

3. Most surprising or random song on your iPod? "Hypnotize" by Notorious B.I.G.

4. Any secret or hidden talents? I've been dancing since I was three-years-old. 

5. Favorite style of dance? Ballroom, but I've done a lot of Latin dances and even belly-dancing.