cara

Cara Luebke is a recent graduate of Winona State University in Psychology and Child Advocacy Studies. She is continuing her education at Bemidji State University while serving as the Statewide Chair of the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA). More than most things, Cara believes in the power of student voices and student activism. During her Freshman year at Winona State, she helped found the Jewish Student Organization. She saw a need to amplify the voices of students with diverse religious experiences and quickly joined organizing for the creation of the first Diversity Resource Center at Winona State. Today the Knowledge, Empowerment, Advocacy and Pluralism (KEAP) Center is two years old and home to fifteen student organizations. As a Student Senator, Cara was a champion of making Winona State University a more equitable and accountable place by writing a proposal for the creation of an online, anonymous tip reporting system called Winona State Silent Witness. After the 2015 legislative session, programs like Winona State Silent Witness are now required on every campus. She also advocated successfully that campus based Decision Makers in cases of Sexual Assault at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) be trained using victim-first advocacy techniques. This was additionally required by law after the legislative session. In 2014 Cara joined the Staff of MSUSA as a Campus Organizer, and lead her committee to the successes of registering several hundred students to vote, and get involved with the organization. Her team even won best Campus Committee out of the seven state universities. The excitement of empowering students to become civically engaged emboldened Cara to run for her current position. She was elected in late April, 2015. Her focus as Board Chair is to lead the Directors to make excellent, impactful, and thoughtful decisions for their 70,000 student constituents. Cara is remarkably excited to being her journey with ClearCause as an Executive Administrator. In her free time, Cara dreams of building Tiny Homes for herself and people experiencing homelessness in the state of Minnesota. Cara is originally from Maple Grove, Minnesota. She resides there now with two wonderful roommates, and one large cat.