SAN DIEGO, CA–As more southern Los Angeles area Armenian Americans leave come to get an education and experience life in communities beyond those in which they grew up, Henrietta Movsessian has taken advantage of her new surroundings and has set out to make a difference. For Movsessian, an ANC activist and second-year Political Science student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), making a difference means public service -including serving as the Chair of the City of San Diego’s Youth Commission.
“Working in the Mayor’s office, I have gotten to see things first hand and learn more about the various departments within the City’s government,” says Movsessian. “I have grown to appreciate how a city is run, the amount of public involvement, the relationship between the media and the government, and the issues and possible dilemmas our city staff works to solve. I love San Diego and am very happy that I came to UCSD and got involved in my community.”
Shortly after arriving in San Diego to start school at UCSD, Movsessian began her volunteer work with the Armenian National Committee of San Diego County. After a year volunteering on a weekly basis in various capacities, she now serves as the organization’s Vice Chair. Back on campus she is an
active member of the Armenian Student Association and Alpha Gamma Alpha, the Armenian sorority.
She is currently involved in the Thurgood Marshall College Student Council and Judicial Board. Her involvement with student government has given her a new outlook, as she experiences diversity first hand.
In order to broaden her experience in politics Movsessian sought out an internship with the office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. While an intern she assisted with research, planning meetings, helping with community outreach efforts, and communicating with City officials and agencies. She
was subsequently nominated to serve on the San Diego Youth Commission. Given her experience with his office, Mayor Sanders tapped Movsessian to Chair the Commission.
The San Diego Youth Commission calls attention to important factors or events that affect the youth in the city, providing recommendations directly to the Mayor. It is comprised of eighteen members, with two representatives from each of the eight districts and two appointed by the Mayor.
The Armenian National Committee of San Diego County advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.