Students at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics have almost 30 unique student groups that they can choose to join. In each installment of this series, an executive member of one of these student groups will share their first-hand experience choosing, participating in and eventually leading their group.
Ilana Rosen, Class of 2022 marketing and management double major, is the marketing chair of the Blue Hen Economics Club (BHEC) at the Lerner College. Rosen shared why she joined the BHEC, what makes this group unique and more!
Lerner: When and why did you choose to join this student group?
Rosen: I joined BHEC because I saw it as a great opportunity to expand my knowledge of economics and the financial industry beyond the entry-level classes I am required to take. This allows me to have a better understanding of business as a whole, not just marketing and management.
Lerner: What is the mission/goal of your student group?
Rosen: The mission of BHEC is to create a positive learning environment and deliver a better understanding of economic principles, which not only impact the UD community, but our society as a whole. We strive to build a culture that is supportive and shaped around enthusiastic attitudes focused on the field of economics.
Lerner: When and where does your student group meet and approximately how many members do you have?
Rosen: Our club typically meets once a month! We used to have meetings in Kirkbride, Purnell and One South Main, but now everything is on Zoom. Depending on the event we are hosting, we typically have about 40 to 70 participants!
Lerner: What is your best memory from this student group?
Rosen: My best memory of BHEC is all of the amazing people I have met! Everyone is always so welcoming and we always have so much fun planning the events together!
Lerner: What is unique about your student group?
Rosen: Although we are the Blue Hen Economics Club, many of our members and officers are not economics majors. This has helped our club by bringing different outlooks on various topics.
Lerner: What has been your proudest moment leading your student group?
Rosen: My proudest moment would have to be creating and managing the Instagram account! When I was elected as the marketing chair, we did not have a great presence on social media. I successfully grew the platform to have almost 150 followers and use Instagram frequently to engage with our followers through polls, social media giveaways and more! This has all contributed to growing membership in the club.
Lerner: What are your goals for the future of your student group?
Rosen: We are looking forward to hosting many more virtual events! We would love to co-sponsor events with other clubs and have even more companies come for even more networking opportunities!
Lerner: How has your student group helped you grow?
Rosen: BHEC has definitely helped me have greater confidence, strengthen my communication skills and expand my professional network!