Vote Everywhere Campus Teams
Our nationwide network of students and higher education administrators advocates for voting rights on campus through voter registration drives, voter education events, and GOTV activities.
Our nationwide network of students and higher education administrators advocates for voting rights on campus through voter registration drives, voter education events, and GOTV activities.
Monica Clarke is the Freshman Academy Service Learning Coordinator and an adjunct English faculty member.
My name is Kiarra Johnson, and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I am currently a junior at Alabama A&M University where I am majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communications Media. I serve my campus community as a Student Activity Assistant, working with the Student Government Association. I serve as the 2018-2019 Royal Court Assistant, was nominated Miss Phi Beta Lambda 2018-2019 for my organization Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity Inc., and am part of numerous other clubs and organizations on campus. I’m also part of the Peer-To-Peer mentoring program, helping students to strive for excellence. I have a strong passion for helping others excel and achieve their goals! After graduation I plan on going back to school to work towards a MS/JD Program. I’m so excited to be an Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Andrew Bloeser is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Before coming to Allegheny College, Andrew completed his B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. His research and teaching interests lie primarily in political behavior, participation, and mobilization.
Amya Rae Ruiz is a Community and Justice Studies major and an Education minor at Allegheny College. She is a part of The Andrew Goodman Foundation because she is dedicated to fighting voter suppression and mobilizing young people around in communities.
George Ackerman is an Environmental Studies and Economics major, graduating with the Class of 2021.
Cyrus Commissariat is a proud Sun Devil majoring in Political Science, History and French with a minor in Sustainability. At ASU he is a member of the Next Generation Service Corps, an organization committed to fostering the next generation of public servants and leaders. Through this program, he has earned a full four-year scholarship and has taken classes on leadership and ethics. While working towards his degrees he has advocated for public education, civic engagement, and further explored his interest in education policy.
Chris Joseph is a junior in the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions. He’s majoring in tourism development & management (sustainability) and hopes to one day work in city management. Chris is passionate about educating underserved communities about civic engagement and the power in their vote.
Ayesha Ahsan is a student at Arizona State University double-majoring in Economics and Sociology, with hopes to eventually attend law school. She has been involved with several political campaigns and advocacy organizations, such as the ACLU, and is passionate about activism and the empowerment of marginalized voices. Ayesha's interests also lie in nonprofit work and she currently works for an on-campus nonprofit called Changemaker Central, an organization dedicated to inspiring and catalyzing social change.
Sarah coordinates engagement opportunities both on and off-campus for students who are interested in community service, activism, voter rights, and science outreach. She is also one of Bard’s Transportation Coordinators, to help students get to those off-campus opportunities and academic fields for the Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences classes. Before joining the CCE staff, Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree through Bard’s Film Production and Electronic Arts department, specifically focusing in documentary and community connections.
Erin Cannan joins the center staff after 15 years in the Division of Student Affairs at Bard. Erin arrived at Bard in 1995 as assistant dean of students/director of first-year students, responsible for orientation and student activities. She was promoted to dean of student affairs, responsible for the oversight of 12 departments within the Division of Student Affairs, and overseeing the work of the dean of campus life.
As deputy director of the center, Erin’s primary focus is on the development of local volunteer and internship opportunities. She facilitates local connections to school districts, government, and business while working to develop partnerships within the center network.
Erin earned her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo in 1992 and a master’s degree in student personnel services from Edinboro University.
Ava Mazzye is a rising second year student at Bard College where she studies Political Studies and concentrates in Latin American and Iberian Studies. She serves as a member of the Fiscal Committee in student government and in the leadership of Bard Democrats. Ava became interested in the politics of voting after working on the Zephyr Teachout for Congress Campaign and serving as a Poll Worker during the 2016 elections.
Paul Valdez is a 2004 graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2007 with a Master’s of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs and is currently writing his dissertation for the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program here at BGSU.
Alyssa is a student at Bowling Green State University studying economics with a minor in business pre-law. She is currently a scholar in the President's Leadership Academy at BGSU and hopes to further develop as a leader on campus through service. She is also a member of NAMI and enjoys making a difference in her community. After graduating from BGSU, Alyssa hopes to attend law school. She is honored and excited to work for the Andrew Goodman Foundation as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador and hopes to leave a lasting impact on her campus.
I am a current freshman at Bowling Green State University majoring in Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences. I serve as a Senator for the university's Undergraduate Student Government and also spend time helping with the student organization 'Feed My Starving Children.' I am passionate about service to the community and active citizenship and am honored to serve as an Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Chloe Mieras is a sophomore student at Case Western Reserve University majoring in Political Science and Religious Studies with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She is incredibly involved in the political sphere, having interned in Senator’s offices as well as worked the campaign trail; she hopes to run for office one day herself. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and sorority sisters: she is a Kappa Alpha Theta. She hopes to spread voter information on her campus and get more people registered and using their voices to make changes in their government locally and federally.
I’m a rising sophomore at Case Western Reserve University, studying Computer Science and Political Science. I was born and raised in the Bronx and in my free time I can usually be found baking or reading a new book. I’m looking forward to working with the Vote Everywhere team this year!
As Associate Director of Community Service-Learning and Partnership Amy has dedicated herself to purposeful work that produces lasting impact. Amy's programs encompass student-centered programs such as the Public Service Scholars, to faculty engaged scholarship via action research in teaching and practice, to delivering collective empowerment initiatives for improved community health and wellbeing. Most recently she launched the Patient Care Advocacy Team (PCAT) program in collaboration with Cayuga Medical Center and Cornell Career Services to expose students interested in the field of medicine to a direct service partnership with Cayuga Medical Center for what Amy refers to as a process of instilling and building a "culture of care” into healthcare for future practitioners.
Keelin is a junior studying Environmental and Sustainability Sciences and Development Sociology with a minor in Social Inequality in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Besides being an Ambassador, she is an environmental policy analyst in the Roosevelt Institute, a member of Epsilon Eta, and a member of the Cornell Wind Ensemble. Keelin is passionate about youth civic engagement, and is looking forward to a year filled with civic engagement and get out the vote efforts across Cornell’s campus.
My name is Michael and I am a junior at Cornell studying mathematics with an interest in studying government/economics as well. At Cornell I have worked as a member of the Community Voices Digital Storytelling Project that connects students with local Ithaca/Tompkins County residents that are immigrants, refugees, and/or political asylees to create short videos detailing a particular story each person wants to tell. The project has been the number one way for me to connect with the local area and hopefully help make a difference in people's lives, as well as in my own! I am also part of Cornell University Hip Hop Heads, APO National Service Fraternity, and Cornell Organization for Labor Action.
My interest in voting doesn't really have one particular genesis but rather stems from the belief that we'd ought to open up the vote so that everyone it will affect can use their voice. Many forms of explicit and implicit voter suppression have been used since this country's inception in order to silence certain voices and we should all be taking the steps to fight such injustices. Both the legacy of the Andrew Goodman Foundation and the legacies of Goodman himself, Chaney, and Schwerner in standing up for voter's rights make me incredibly proud and honored to have the opportunity to work with AGF towards achieving the same goals.
Jenna is a sophomore at Cornell University where she is studying Government and English. She hopes to one day work in a field where she can advocate for the rights of the under-served and promote equality. Her interest in helping people directly spurs from her experience volunteering in Bolivia, where she led workshops to develop reintegration skills for imprisoned youths. From this experience, Jenna learned that affecting change can start in small communities as well as from changing national policies. When not engaging in political activism, Jenna enjoys reading books and taking walks in Cornell’s Botanic Gardens.
Emanuel Avila is the Associate Director of Judicial Affairs and Service Learning for Queens College, part of the City University of New York. In his role, he is responsible for monitoring the code of conduct, academic integrity policy, and any other matters related to conduct. He also serves as the Voter Registration Coordinator, crisis response administrator, and supports the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. He has been the Campus Champion for Queens College's Vote Everywhere team since 2014.
Ethan Jenkins is an ambitious and hard working individual. He moved from rural Ohio to New
York City to pursue his dreams on becoming a political leader and helping others. Ethan is
entering his junior year and currently has a 3.985 GPA. Additionally, he is the vice president of
the Golden Key International Honour Society, a member of the Academic Senate, and a Resident
Assistant at The Summit. Ethan hopes to continue his transition to New York by gaining new
volunteer, academic, and professional experiences, as well as becoming a campus leader at
Queens College. Ethan aspires to have a long political career help people locally in New York
City and all across the country.
Dr. Nia Woods Haydel is the Director of the Academic Center for Excellence, the Thompson/Cook Honors Program and Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy at Dillard University. Dr. Haydel has been a higher education professional for over 18 years working in Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs and Intercultural Relations. In her current role, she oversees the University’s retention initiatives, as well as academic advising, progression and academic enrichment initiatives and service learning for first-year students, and coordinates initiatives for Honors students. Additionally, she is responsible for assessment initiatives within the first-year experience. Her research interests are in the areas of social justice specifically focusing on power and privilege, and the responsibility of higher education to educate the community on social injustice (higher education as a public good). She earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of New Orleans, M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A &M University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University. She resides in New Orleans, LA with husband and their 3 children.
Jamya Robinson is a second-year student at Dillard University. In addition to being a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, she is also the co-founder of Students of Color Against Gender Violence, a member of the university's Mock Trial Team, and a Thompson/Cook Honors Scholar.
Jermany Gray, originally from Jackson, MS, is a Political Science major and a Criminal Justice minor at Dillard University. At Dillard University, Jermany strives to promote equality, inclusion, intellectual discourse, and civil engagement. Post graduation, Jermany plans to attend law school with the hopes of becoming a Public Defender.
Alex Dennis is the Assistant Director for Curricular Programs in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at East Carolina University. He currently oversees leadership and civic engagement programs with curricular components at ECU, including Citizen U (student version of a citizens academy), the Williams Leadership Award Program, democratic and voter engagement efforts on campus, and the planning of our four national days of service. Prior to his time working in student affairs, Alex worked as an academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences at ECU and prior to that he worked as a high school social studies teacher. He received his MS in Counselor Education from East Carolina University and his BS in Social Science Education from Appalachian State University.
Tara Kermiet is the Associate Director in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at East Carolina University. She currently oversees leadership and civic engagement programs with curricular components at ECU, including a three-year leadership development experience, democratic engagement, and service-learning. Prior to her time at ECU, Tara served as the Assistant Director of University Commons & Student Involvement at the University of West Florida, a Residential Learning Coordinator at Virginia Tech, and as the Director of Student Activities and Service at LaGrange College. She received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and her B.A. in Communication from Virginia Tech.
Hunter is a senior at East Carolina University studying Economics and Political Science with a concentration in Campaigns and Elections. Hunter has been an active member of the ECU community since his freshman year, engaging in Get Out the Vote campaigns, as well as several other civic engagement causes. Besides his role as an Ambassador, he is a Newman Civic Fellow, a member of the Student Government Association, and the Honors College. Hunter is looking forward to a year of democratic engagement efforts and encouraging students to make their voices heard.
I am a Senior at East Carolina University, pursuing a double major in History and Secondary Education. I have always felt drawn to education, but I have an even stronger passion towards politics and political issues. I am excited to teach the young minds of my students the importance of fulfilling their civic duties as Americans. I am excited to be a part of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and gain leadership experience through this Ambassador position!
Bob Frigo is the Associate Director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at Elon University.
Elanor (Ellie) Snyder is from Vienna, VA. She is majoring in policy studies with minors in political science and women’s, gender, and sexualities studies. At Elon, Ellie is actively involved in the Political Engagement Working Group and the Liberal Arts Forum. She is very excited to be a part of the Andrew Goodman Foundation and to encourage civil discourse and civic engagement on Elon’s campus.
Andrea Sheetz is majoring in Sociology and Economics. In addition to Elon Votes, she is involved in the College Fellows program, Active Minds, Yoga Club, and works in the Kernodle Center and as an economics tutor. Andrea’s passion for civic engagement was fostered through her volunteer experiences which revealed the impact of an inequitable society, especially on young people. She is excited to empower the Elon community to become more civically engaged and open to civil discussion about important issues.
Carly Henry spent four years working for Georgetown’s Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs before joining GU Politics. During this time, she earned her MBA from the McDonough School of Business. Prior to working at Georgetown, Carly worked with Keppler Speakers Bureau in their University and Performing Arts division, where she worked with institutions around the country to bring top speakers from business, world affairs, politics, entertainment, education, literature, sports, and leadership to their campuses. Before beginning her career in Washington, D.C., she worked for a nonprofit in Florida and served as National Journal’s convention coordinator during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Carly received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of South Florida and her MBA from Georgetown University.
Sarah is a sophomore in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service from Nashville, Tennessee. Studying International Politics with a minor in Latin American Studies, her passion for policy and civic engagement drew her to GU Votes during her first semester on campus. Since volunteering to register students to vote for the 2018 midterm elections, Sarah has sought out more ways to get involved with improving the voting culture at Georgetown. She is thrilled to be officially joining the GU Votes team as a campus Ambassador this year.
Zayna is a junior at Georgetown University, majoring in Government and minoring in Arabic and Sociology. She helped GU Votes with communications work during the 2018 midterm election and she is excited to take on a larger role this year within the organization. Zayna is very excited to work with the Andrew Goodman Foundation and encourage civic engagement on campus.
Andrew is a sophomore undergrad at Georgetown studying Government, Italian, and Sociology. Always politically-obsessed, he was proud to join the GU Votes team during his first semester on campus to assist over 1,600 Hoyas in the voter registration and absentee ballot request process ahead of the 2016 election. He became Co-President of GU Votes in early 2017 and continues its mission of enhancing the voter culture on campus year-round. A proud Michigander, Andrew could not be more excited about working with the Andrew Goodman Foundation to help transform the role of young voters at Georgetown and beyond.
Michael Evans is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University. He teaches undergraduate courses on American government and constitutional law, and graduate courses on teaching politics and civic skills at the college level. He is author of an American government textbook and conducts research on teaching effectiveness. He also leads a GSU project lab called "PACTL: Project on the Advancement of Civic Teaching and Learning." Students in that lab help Dr. Evans produce and curate teaching materials for civic educators in an effort to empower more young Americans with the skills and knowledge they need to participate effectively and responsibly in American democracy. Dr. Evans holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Political Science from Western Washington University (WWU), and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from WWU.
Ari Jones is an M.S. Candidate in Neuroscience at Georgia State University. Ari was active duty in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He currently serves in the Navy Reserves while he finishes his degree. He is involved in the NAACP on campus serving as the Graduate Advisor. He plans on attending medical school thereafter and then serving as a full-time Military Physician.
Evan is currently a student at Georgia State University where he majors in Public Policy with a focus in Governance and a minor in Cello Performance he is also pre law and is in the honors college. In high school, Evan was a student in his school IB program focusing and earning his certificate in Literature and History.
Evan started his work in government as an intern for the Cobb County District Attorney's Office the summer of 2015. In the summer of 2016, he interned for the Smyrna office of David Scott where he did constituent services. In Spring 2017 he interned under Jim Stokes at the Public Defender's Council and did public research. In the summer of 2017, Evan became a research fellow for the Department of Defense under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for readiness. He plans to return to the Pentagon to continue his legislative affairs research.
Evan serves as the 2017-2018 president of the Young Democrats of Georgia State University. He also works as a professional Cellist in the Atlanta area.
JP Peters is the Civic Engagement Advisor for the Civic Engagement Office at Georgia State University Perimeter College where he services five different campuses including our Clarkston Campus. The goal of the office is to connect each of our campuses to their communities and the Greater Metro Atlanta Area by providing and supporting opportunities for community service and action that promote awareness, learning, and leadership development. In addition to working with The Andrew Goodman Foundation, JP works with the three Food Pantries for Perimeter College, Panther Breakaway, and the MLK Day of Service to name a few.
Before his time at Georgia State University Perimeter College, JP worked two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the South Carolina Campus Compact at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Coastal Carolina University. While serving he focused around the universities alternative break program, student veteran services, food deserts and community garden development in the two communities. He earned his B.S.Ed. in Exercise Science and Kinesiology from Georgia Southwestern State University and M.Ed. in Higher Education from Columbia College (SC).
Patrick Day is an undergraduate student at Georgia State University Perimeter College, with a concentration in engineering. A lifelong believer in service to others, Patrick is a veteran of the US Army, served as Vice-President of Service for the Chi Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and organized voter registration drives as President of the Clarkston History and Politics Club. Additionally, he has helped plan brake light clinics in the Atlanta area with the Democratic Socialists of America, where anyone may drive up and have broken brake light bulbs replaced free of charge. He looks forward to putting this organizing experience to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Sofie is a sophomore at Georgia State Perimeter College who is pursuing environmental engineering. She is the vice-president of the History of Politics club, where students gather to discuss opinions surrounding current and past events. The lack of concern and action surrounding climate change propelled her into political activism. Sofie is excited to be working as an Ambassador with The Andrew Goodman Foundation and do her part to increase voter participation among young folks ahead of the 2020 election.
Dr. Karen M. Kedrowski is Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and
Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota,
Twin Cities and the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Dr. Kedrowski’s research agenda focuses primarily
on women and politics and civic engagement. Prior to coming to Iowa State, she spent 24 years at
Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she served in many roles, including Dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences. Most gratifyingly, she led the University’s civic and voter engagement
Hayat is a member of the Class of 2022 at Iowa State University studying Criminal Justice and Women's and Gender Studies.
Zack is a sophomore at Iowa State University majoring in Political Science and Data Science and minoring in Economics. He is involved on campus in research within the Political Science Department, as a Community Advisor within the residence halls, plays tuba in Iowa State's tuba/euphonium studio as well as sousaphone and bass guitar in ISU's marching band and pep band. Zack is passionate about seeking out the answers to why STEM students vote at such a low rate and doing things that will help to buck this trend.
Leah is the Director of Student Involvement at Kutztown University. She received her BA from University of Delaware and her MA from Kaplan University. Leah has worked for both public and private institutions and has extensive experience in housing, residence life, new student orientation, student activities, and student union operations.
Julia Laudadio is a sophomore social work major and philosophy minor at Kutztown University. She is the president of the Social Workers and Advocates at Kutztown and the Public Relations Chair for Student Government Board Diversity Council. Her passion for activism led her to pursue a position on the Vote Everywhere team and she is honored to carry on Andrew Goodman's cause.
Jenny Wallace is a sophomore Cinema, TV, and Media major at Kutztown University. She is involved in film clubs like Video Vixens, the National Broadcasting Society, and is Vice President of the comedy production group, Laugh Track. She's is also a member of the a capella group, Kutztones. Jenny has been a team leader since high school and plans to continue her leadership through college and beyond. Being a Vote Everywhere Ambassador is an amazing and honorable position that she plans to use to educate and encourage young voters. Andrew Goodman and his legacy will live on through Jenny's leadership.
Len Apcar holds the Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, is a fellow at the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs and is a Professional-in-Residence. His teaching interests include how people can evaluate both media sources and information so they can fully participate in our representative democracy. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he taught digital media courses.
In a nearly 40-year professional career at The New York Times and at the Wall Street Journal, he has been a reporter, Web editor, Washington editor and Asia editor. As editor of nytimes.com, the site won virtually every major online award for news, opinion and photography.
As chief Asia editor based in Hong Kong he helped create a 24-hour global newsroom for online and print. At the Journal he was a reporter in Detroit, Washington and Dallas.
He holds an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in political science from Claremont McKenna College in California.
Claire Hadlock is a senior at Louisiana State University majoring in Political Communication with a minor in Business Administration. Claire is currently the media strategy intern for Louisiana State Department of Treasury, and she also manages several media campaigns for local Baton Rouge businesses. In her role as the Director of Media and Communication for Geaux Vote LSU during the 2018 midterm cycle, Claire successfully launched the @GeauxVoteLSU social media profiles used to encourage voter registration, promote events, and share the mission of The Andrew Goodman Foundation with LSU students. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador and President of Geaux Vote, Claire hopes to gain momentum with voter registration and mobilization efforts in her community leading up to Louisiana's 2019 Gubernatorial election in the fall and the 2020 Presidential primaries in the spring.
Grace is a senior at Louisiana State University majoring in Political Communication with a minor in English. She is currently a Governor’s Fellow, immersing herself in her state’s culture and politics. She served as the Event Coordinator for Geaux Vote LSU during the 2018 midterm cycle and is thrilled to be an Andrew Goodman Foundation Ambassador for the 2019-2020 school year. Grace is grateful to her mom for always dragging her to the polls as a young girl and drilling in her the importance of being an engaged member of her community. She is a firm believer that progress starts at the polls and is excited to show Louisiana how impactful young voices can be.
Duane Oakes’ passion for helping students achieve success is what sets him apart. Colleagues rave about his department, his staff calls their operation a well-oiled machine because of Duane, and students, past and present, know his kindness and generosity of spirit. His commitment to the ideals of service learning, community service, and scholarship are strong but no stronger than his dedication to instilling those ideals in the students he serves. In this, Duane never wavers: students come first.
Kim is a member of the class of 2020 at Mesa Community College where she studies social work.
Emma is a freshman at Mesa Community College, where she enjoys the opportunity to be involved in her community. She was able to compete in a national competition in Washington, D.C., where she was inspired to be involved and learn more about government. She believes that it is very important to be involved, and she is excited to help other students become more civically engaged. She enjoys being an Andrew Goodman Ambassador and registering students to vote. She loves the country she lives in and wants to contribute to its success.
My name is Elizabeth Ward, and I am in my last year at Mesa Community College. I will be transferring to Arizona State University next Fall 2020 to acquire my Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice/Social Justice.
I am very active on campus and off campus. I currently hold the elected position of being the Executive Vice President of ASMCC/Student Government. I take pride in making sure the voices of the students are heard loud and clear, making sure they are successful so they can move on to the next step in life. I also worked with Campus Elections Engagement Project (CEEP), a nonpartisan organization committed to educating students to be active involved citizens and voters. I am also a Mentor and Tutor for at risk kids at Care Partnership, the National Volunteer Coordinator and an Advisory Board Member at Ready Set Go Foundation, and a member of the Community College Engagement Advisory Board. I received the 2019 MCC Service Scholarship in recognition of outstanding service to the community.
I want to fight for the people that do not have a voice and to always stand for what is fair and equal for all.
Stephanie Trujillo is a Cuban-American freshman at the Miami Dade Honors College at the Kendall Campus. She is pursuing law school and is currently majoring in psychology. She is passionate about the arts and spends her free time painting or writing. Stephanie’s favorite place is on stage, she loves performing a monologue and making the audience truly tune in to the character’s emotions. As ambassador of AGF, Stephanie hopes to motivate voter participation in her community and empower the youth on her campus.
Daniela Mulet is a Cuban-Mexican immigrant who attends the Honors College at Miami Dade College to pursue an AA in Political Science. She became an Andrew Goodman Ambassador because she is deeply passionate about the implementation of civil rights and liberties in the United States and Latin America. Furthermore, she seeks to engage and immerse her peers in a more proactive and knowledgeable civic life. She is experienced in campaign management, organizing, legal drafting and research, and public relations.
Alison Kasney received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a current candidate for a Master of Science in Education in the program of Community and Social Change at University of Miami. Alison has worked extensively with youth from early childhood to young adult in a variety of settings, and brings this experience combined with a passion for youth empowerment to Miami Dade College. Her most favorite experiences with young people have been through experiential education, specifically backpacking, snowboarding, and mountain biking with them through the Rocky Mountains. She believes through service-learning and civic engagement students' personal character and community networks can be strengthened to support their educational and career paths. Alison's personal commitment to MDC InterAmerican is to "inform herself to inform others" in order to provide actionable opportunities for change.
Hali Braynon is finishing up her first year at the Honors Program at Miami Dade College. She is majoring in Animal Science and is interested in going into a career working with animals. Hali is planning to transfer to a higher university to continue her studies as a Pre-Vet major. Upon graduating with her master's degree, she plans on going to Veterinary school to obtain her doctorate in Veterinary medicine. Hali is a certified Veterinary assistant and is currently volunteering at Caring Hands Animal Hospital to gain experience. She also has previously volunteered at the Humane Society, the Miami Book Fair, and Arch Creek Animal Hospital and Boarding.
Hali is apart of NAMI, which is a club that brings awareness to mental illness and to advocate for people who live with a mental disorder. Her passion for making the environment a cleaner and safer place led her to join the YES! Club. The YES! Club highlights the numerous environmental sustainability issues that we are facing and encourages activities that promote environmental sustainability. She is currently an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, in which she will advocate for voting rights in her community and promote democracy. Hali has taken the initiative to promote human rights by attending Hialeah High School to teach students the history behind the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and the importance of everyone knowing their human rights. Hali took part of Alternative Breaks which is a program that takes students to New Orleans to build a house for the community. She plans to continue serving her community in any way possible while on her journey to become a Veterinarian.
Alexander Pereda is a rising sophomore in the Honor’s Program at Miami Dade College. He is currently studying to obtain an Associate in Art’s degree in Business Administration and English. Within his first year as a student, Alex proudly represented MDC at the Global Citizenship’s Salzburg Seminar, Phi Beta Lambda’s state competition, and as an officer of Political Science and Phi Theta Kappa. Alongside the time spent within these organizations, he continued to improve his local community by forming a coalition of students whose mission was to improve educational equality throughout Miami-Dade County. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the wonders of his city, reading, and volunteering for Local 1403, the Miami-Dade Firefighter Rescue Union. In his first summer while in college, he plans on continuing his studies whilst in attendance as an intern at a local law firm. Alongside these goals, Alex has devoted much of his time to the arts. Attending theatre productions and writing novels have become two of his favorite hobbies. Through a fusion of both arts and academics, Alex plans to enter Law School and work later in life within international proceedings and the corporate setting.
My name is Bruny Alonso Orama, and I am a second-year student in Miami Dade College's Honors Program. In 2002, my family and I came to the United States from Cuba in search of a better life. In high school, I aimed to be very involved. I was the Vice President of the National Honors Society and the Parliamentarian of the Future Business Leaders of America, along with other roles. During my first and second semesters in college, I obtained a 4.0 GPA. I held leadership positions in Generation Action and the non-profit Bracelets for Commitment, along with volunteering with the National Alliance of Mental Illness. I am honored to have won the 2018-2019 Miami-Dade County League of Cities Scholarship Internship, UFMDC Sandra Mickely Memorial Scholarship Award, and the Gilman Scholarship.
During high school, Maria moved from Brazil to the United States. Maria has always been interested in economic and public policy issues and decided to pursue them in a professional career by majoring in Economics in Miami Dade College's Honors College. Her academic goal is to transfer to a four-year institution in Washington, D.C., where she could pursue her studies while experiencing the political climate at the core of American politics. With ongoing dedication, she hopes to work for the federal government and apply her mathematical and economics expertise to act on social inequalities prevailing nationally. Maria is also an active member of her local community in Miami, where she volunteers for diverse nonprofit organizations and participates in Miami Dade College's student clubs.
Eric Buller serves as the Director of the Harry T. Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service at Miami University. This office recently (Fall 2019) merged the leadership office with the Office of Community Engagement and Service, thereby consolidating the following missions into one office: Leadership Development, Community Engagement, Service/Volunteerism, Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Eric holds an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from the College of William and Mary, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Makenzie is a junior Political Science and Social Justice Studies double major from Cincinnati, Ohio. On campus, she serves as the Vice President of Programming of Amicus Curiae Pre-Law Society and a member of the Janus Forum, a bipartisan club that promotes political discourse. After undergrad, she plans to attend law school and either practice criminal law or work in politics. Makenzie is ecstatic to be a Vote Everywhere Ambassador and looks forward to sharing her passion for civic engagement and social justice with others.
Reena Murphy is a student at Miami University studying Chemistry and Environmental Science with a minor in Disability Studies. She is a member of the Associated Student Government, Alpha Omicron Pi, and has had significant involvement in Residence Life. Reena became interested in civic engagement after serving on the Village of Maywood's (IL) Youth Delegation in high school. In the future, she plans on going into accessibility or environmental policy.
Andrew Devedjian grew up in Deerfield, IL and is now a junior at Miami University in Oxford Ohio studying Political Science, Global & Intercultural Studies, with minors in Middle Eastern, Jewish, & Islamic Studies, and Comparative Religion. Besides being an Andrew Goodman Ambassador at Miami, he is an Off-Campus Senator for Miami's Associated Student Government, a Board Member for Miami's Student Center, and a member of the Beta Theta Phi Fraternity. Outside of Miami, Andrew is a member of the Armenian Youth Federation along with being the Co-Founder and Board President of an international nonprofit called Project Global Story.
Kelsey Demel is a junior at Miami University from Overland Park, Kansas. She is pursuing a double major in Diplomacy and Global Politics and Creative Writing. While she is involved in many activities on campus, she is most noted for her involvement as a New Member Educator for her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and her involvement in TINT. Kelsey is very passionate about the topic of civil rights, human rights, and civic engagement. One day, she hopes to pursue a career that can elevate those topics. During the summer of 2018, Kelsey spent time living in D.C. interning for the United States Trade and Development Agency. While living in D.C., Kelsey’s belief in the need for active civic engagement grew, and she is excited to work with her fellow peers on increasing this engagement on her campus.
Jessel Martinez is a sophomore at Midway University majoring in Criminal Justice. Inspired by struggles her parents faced, Jessel decided to major in criminal justice, a field where she felt she could make a difference in the lives of others. While attending Midway, Jessel plays on the women's soccer team. She is a mentor in the PATH program and participates in the Kaleidoscope programs which promotes diversity and awareness among students and the community. Through her talent in the arts, Jessel promotes her passion for community activism. Her greatest accomplishment was getting recognition for being the first Latina to make a mural which represents diversity among her community in Versailles, Kentucky. Jessel has also painted a mural at the Middle School she once attended in Woodford County. While attending Woodford County, she participated in political science and Woodford Leadership for Tomorrow, attending many city council meetings. Jassel was also president of Esperanza Club and a leader in the PATH program in high school where she helped organize community service projects. She has been an active member of the Latino Leadership College Experience Camp where she has gained a lot of leadership skills. She has also been a member of Kentucky Dreamers Coalition. Jessel dreams to have a position where she can help others, especially those who lack a voice in the community.
Mariel Pagan has served as the Director of the Center for Student Involvement since September of 2017. The Center for Student Involvement houses the Office of Civic and Voter Engagement at Montclair State University. Mariel holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University, an M.A. in Counseling Services from Rider University and a B.S. in Diplomacy & International Relations from Seton Hall University.
My name is Jehan Abayhan, and I will be entering my junior year at Montclair State University in the 2019-2020 school year. I am currently an accounting major and plan to graduate in the Spring of 2021. From a young age, I have always been surrounded by voting advocates so I am beyond fortunate and excited to be apart of an organization like The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Not only will this allow me to the opportunity to educate others on the significance of voting rights, but it will also introduce me to many like-minded individuals! I currently volunteer my time with organizations like Montclair State University's Rec Board, Love Your Melon Campus Crew, and Relay for Life, while also making the Dean’s List each semester! I look forward to this Ambassador position and all that The Andrew Goodman Foundation will hold in store!
Daniel Botting is the Associate Director of the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) at Pace University. Originally from upstate New York, Daniel has worked in New York City for the past 18 years to educate and empower young people to be able to fully engage in their communities. In addition to his work with the CCAR, he also teaches a community-based learning course in Pace’s Political Science department. Daniel lives in Staten Island with his wife, Andrea, and his 2 month old son, James.
Erin is a junior at Pace University. She is majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Political Science. She is very excited to help empower voters and enable students to make an educated vote in the upcoming elections. In addition to voting rights and voter engagement, she is also passionate about criminal justice reform and gun control. Erin is also on the e-board for Criminal Justice Society at Pace University and is a student leader of Pace Students Against Gun Violence, a nonpartisan student group aimed at reducing gun violence. After graduation, Erin hopes to go to law school and study civil rights law so she can use her privilege to help others.
Emma is a student at Pace University's New York City campus. She is double majoring in Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Emma is part of the Women’s Leadership Initiative through Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. She is extremely passionate about women’s rights and reproductive rights. She plans on going to law school after graduation. With a law degree, she would like to be a social activist and aid in the fight for gender equality. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, she is excited about helping her peers become active in democracy.
Karen Booth has worked in the civic and community engagement field for more than 20 years. For the past seven years, she has supervised Ramapo College's Civic and Community Engagement Center. The Center houses the Alternative Break Program, Leaders in Service, Student Leadership Programs, New Jersey Campus Compact's Changebuilder Initiative, and other co-curricular community and political engagement efforts. The Center also partners with faculty from time to time on currriculum-based civic involvement efforts. Karen has pursued graduate studies in religion and theology at Drew University Theological School. After studying at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee and Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, she earned her undergraduate degree from William Paterson University.
Claudia Wetzel is a sophomore studying business at Ramapo College. She is a student coordinator at the
Civic and Community Engagement Center on campus, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a
coeducational service organization. In addition to working on campus, Claudia plays field hockey for the
school team. During her first year at Ramapo, she earned Dean’s List both semesters and was inducted
into Alpha Lambda Delta, a first-year national honor society.
Hello! My name is Elsu Mathew, and I am from East Brunswick, NJ. I am currently a sophomore at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where I am majoring in Biology with a PA concentration. I’m part of the Sophomores Advancing in Leadership program. I was a 2016 Nominee for National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine and also was selected for the National Academy Of Future Physicians And Medical Scientists Award Of Excellence. I also stay active by doing volunteer work such as food drives, collecting clothes and other items for children in need, and helping out at elder citizen’s home. After college, I plan to work as a physician assistant and to apply to medical school later. I am very excited to work as an Ambassador and to be a part of The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Erin Capone serves as the Director of Development for the Rutgers School of Social Work, overseeing the school’s major and principal gifts, alumni relations, and special events. Erin previously served as development director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and executive director of Overcoming Obstacles, which are both nonprofit organizations dedicated to developing critical skills in today’s youth. Erin has presented nationally on this topic and made media appearances on NBC, FOX, and the Solutions Webcast hosted by Clemson University.
Erin began her career as a children’s social worker after graduating with an MSW from New York University and a BA in Social Work from Rutgers University.
Noelia Vicente is in her senior year at Rutgers University and is expected to graduate with her BASW in May 2020. Her minor is criminology, and she intends to pursue her Masters of Social Work through the Advanced Standing program. She is passionate about policy and administration and hopes to achieve a great deal in these areas. Noelia is currently an intern with the Perth Amboy Office of Economic and Community Development where she is collaborating to raise awareness involving the importance of research in regards to the National Census. Noelia is in the process of coordinating programs to get the community excited about their civic involvement. She is currently working on an independent study to develop an app to aid in the struggle of Environmental Justice advocates globally. After receiving her degree, she aims to work with coalitions of preservationists and advocate for legislation related to this looming social problem.
As Director of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center, Seth Andersen works with students interested in pursuing careers in politics and public service. The Center’s nonpartisan programs complement Simpson College’s Engaged Citizenship Curriculum by encouraging students to actively participate in our democracy and consider public service as their life’s work. Andersen fosters student development through the Culver Fellows program, which awards four-year scholarships to incoming Simpson College students who demonstrate a commitment to public service. He works with the Culver Fellows and Simpson College faculty and professional staff to educate the campus community and the broader public through the annual Culver Lecture, which brings prominent national figures to campus to meet with students and deliver a public lecture. The Culver Center also sponsors political debates, candidate visits, policy forums, and student trips to Washington, DC, state capitols, and presidential libraries.
Prior to joining the Culver Center, Andersen served as Executive Director of the American Judicature Society, an independent national organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice. He also served on the staff of the American Bar Association as Special Assistant to the President and Project Manager for the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence. He has written and spoken extensively on judicial independence, judicial selection, and the jury system. In addition to directing the Culver Center, Andersen develops financial and community support for arts, cultural, and music-related enterprises in Central Iowa. He created and produced Critical Mass, a weekly music critics’ program that aired on community radio station KFMG 98.9 FM in 2014-2015, and contributes his event planning and management experience to major concerts and festivals such as the 80/35 music festival, Hinterland music festival, Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, and the Des Moines Social Club’s annual Food Truck Throwdown. Andersen holds a degree in history and American Studies from the University of Kansas.
Abby Schulte is a Culver Fellow from Keota, Iowa. She is majoring in Political Science and History with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Along with the Culver Fellowship, she is a member of the Speech and Debate Team, Simpson College Democrats, Simpson Feminists Club, and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Abby has always been interested in politics but decided she wanted to pursue a career in it while working on a civic engagement project during the Iowa Caucus that involved getting presidential candidates to visit her small rural high school. During her Culver Fellowship, she has volunteered for the Hillary Clinton campaign and spent a summer interning at Congressman Dave Loebsack’s District Office in Iowa City. She was also awarded the Rising Star Award by Iowa’s Second District Democrats in 2017. After graduation, Abby plans to attend law school. She would like to pursue a career in either civil rights law or policy and would like to one day run for office.
Jocelyn Smith is a second-year Culver Fellow from West Des Moines, Iowa. She is majoring in Political Science and Theatre Arts with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. As well as being a member of Delta Delta Delta, she is an active member of Theatre Simpson, Simpson Music, and the Simpson dialogue team. Jocelyn's passion for politics has given her opportunities to work with the Iowa Senate Democrats Research Staff, NextGen Iowa, and several West Des Moines city council campaigns. Jocelyn hopes to continue her own blending of theatre and politics after graduation to create unique opportunities for engagement and empathy within her community.
Levi Lefebure is a Culver Fellow from Fairfax, Iowa. At Simpson College, he is majoring in Political Science, Mathematics, and History. He is involved with Cross-Country, Track & Field, Student Government, Debate Team, and College Republicans on campus. Upon leaving Simpson, Levi hopes to find work in some level of policymaking. Policy has interested Levi from a young age, because of how much of a difference for good it can make. He is excited about being a Vote Everywhere Ambassador because it allows him to be as involved in politics on campus as possible.
Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Spelman College and Director of the UNCF/Mellon Programs. Her teaching and research interests in the areas of sociology, criminology, law, and violence against women support the Law and Criminology concentration in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Spence has served in the capacities of Assistant Dean for Freshman Studies, Associate Academic Dean and Academic Dean at Spelman College. Her interest in issues of higher education access, service-learning, gender role socialization and violence against women frame her research, writing, community service involvement, and public speaking. Her publications include “A Woman’s College Perspective on the Education of Men” (2004) New Directors for Student Series and “The Spelman College Total Person Commits to Positive Social Change” (2006), Engaging Departments: Moving Faculty Cultures from Private to Public, Individual to Collective Force for the Common Good. Her most recent publication “Does Race Trump Gender? Black Women Negotiating their Spaces of Intersection in the 2008 Presidential Campaign” is included in the edited volume “Who Should Be First? Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign” (2010). As Director of the UNCF Mellon Programs, Dr. Spence creates, manages and oversees a suite of future faculty development and faculty career enhancement programs for UNCF (United Negro College Fund) students and faculty. The UNCF/Mellon Programs are housed at Spelman College and funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
In her newest role, Dr. Spence serves as the Faculty Lead for the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program. Dr. Spence is committed to helping Spelman women fully actualize their commitment to “making a choice to change the world “through social justice advocacy. She has served as a consultant for the Ford Foundation Institutional Transformation Project, the University of Chicago Provost Initiative on Minority Affairs, the Agnes Scott College Center for Teaching and Learning and the Georgia Department of Corrections. She currently serves as Faculty Trustee on the Spelman College Board of Trustees and is the former chair of the Board of the non-profit agency Men Stopping Violence. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia Women for Change and the Women’s Solidarity Society for the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Dr. Spence is a graduate of Spelman College where she earned her B.A. degree. She earned both the Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. She is married to Harold W. Spence and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Christie ’05 and Courtnee ’08.
My name is Keymari Johnson, and I am a sophomore Economics major, from Lexington, Kentucky. I aspire to become a Corporate Lawyer.
Gabrielle Slaughter is a junior political science major from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Gabrielle aspires to be a prosecutor who aims to focus on crimes against women and children. She was inspired to take this path because of her work with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office in the Crimes Against Women and Children Unit. Gabrielle also wants to keep social justice at the center of her future career. Inspired by her upbringing and the Kalief Browder documentary, she plans on focusing on the school to prison pipeline as well as advocating for the rights of formerly incarcerated people. Gabrielle is also the Vice President of Gifted Girls of Grace. This service organization focuses on uplifting teenage girls in the metro Atlanta area by teaching sisterhood, etiquette, culture, and self empowerment. Gabrielle is inspired by civil servants such as Arthur Liman, Andrew Goodman, and Thurgood Marshall because she believes that they are selfless in their decision to fight for justice. She plans to carry on their legacy.
Lisa Torrey is a member of the faculty at St. Lawrence University, in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics. Along with Ed Harcourt and Choong-Soo Lee, Lisa conducts the computer science program at St. Lawrence. Before arriving there, Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2009 and of Dartmouth College in 2003.
Wendi Haugh is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist with a joint appointment in African Studies. She spent her junior year abroad in Kenya, and she has done research in northern Namibia on the ways that people construct a sense of national identity in songs, speeches, talk radio programs, celebrations, and conversations. She is currently launching a new research project on birding, bird guides, and bird-related ecotourism in eastern and southern Africa. She teaches Cultural Anthropology, Humans and Other Animals, Peoples and Cultures of Africa, and Environmental Conservation in Africa. She enjoys travel, bird watching, and hiking in her spare time.
Grace is a junior double majoring in global and francophone studies, with a concentration in peace studies. She loves to travel and meet new people, something that she hopes to do more of in the future. In addition to being an AGF Ambassador, Grace is also a French tutor at St. Lawrence’s Language Resource Center. Grace’s interest for politics blossomed as a newly registered voter, and her passion was fostered through involvement in the 2018 midterm elections. In the future, Grace hopes to continue to work on breaking voting barriers, tackling voter apathy, and developing civic engagement within her communities.
Ella is a junior majoring in sociology and minoring in public health and gender & sexuality studies. Besides being an Andrew Goodman Foundation Ambassador, she also is a Volunteer Services Program Manager, Admissions Ambassador, and co-founded Planned Parenthood Generation Action at St. Lawrence University. Ella is passionate about increasing voter education and access, as well as growing civic engagement in her community.
Bezawit is a sophomore majoring in global studies, with a focus on African Studies and Caribbean Latin Studies, and minoring in government. She is from Washington, D.C., and politics has always been a part of her life. Her interest in politics grew during her sophomore year of high school when she volunteered for the 2015 D.C. mayoral election. Bezawit loves to travel and volunteer, which has impacted and shaped her future endeavors. She hopes to join Peace Corps after graduating and to one day work on Capitol Hill.
Alison Handy Twang is the assistant director at the Center for Civic Engagement. In this role, she is broadly responsible for promoting, developing and expanding community engagement opportunities for students. Alison oversees a number of community engagement initiatives, including the Bridging the Digital Divide Project, campus political engagement efforts and CCE's partnership with Promise Zone Community Schools. Before joining CCE, she worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on philanthropy and student and young adult civic engagement. She received her bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in public administration from Binghamton University and is currently pursuing her PhD in community and public affairs. She serves as president of the board of directors for the YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County and as a member of the advisory committee for the Rural Health Service Corps/AmeriCorps program. She currently resides in Binghamton with her husband, Dylan, and their chocolate lab, Keene.
Lizzie Nutig is a second-year student at Binghamton University, where she has discovered her passion for service, equality, and justice. She doesn't know exactly what she wants to be yet but knows she wants to fight for equality in all senses of the word. She believes that the most effective approach to equality has to do with the political process and the power of the vote. She loves people and believes that some of the best moments in life are interactions with all types of people, and is also passionate about nature and outdoor activities. She is extremely excited to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation and to fight for voting access for everyone.
Arianna is a sophomore at Binghamton University. She is currently double majoring in Political Science and Economics. She is well versed in campaigning, fundraising, and advocating for policy issues. She is incredibly passionate about civic engagement and hope to work in politics after she graduates. She is ecstatic to be joining the Binghamton team as an ambassador after transferring in Spring of 2019 and working as Voter Engagement intern at Stony Brook’s Center for Civic Justice. In addition to being an ambassador, Arianna holds multiple e-board positions for various institutions on campus.
Sophia is a junior studying Political Science, with a concentration in Global and International Affairs, on track to pursue a master's degree in Public Administration. She has experience campaigning, fundraising, working with local governments, and participating in issue advocacy. These experiences have inspired a passion to change the world, and she believes political engagement is the key. She is thrilled to be an AGF ambassador because, since transferring to Binghamton in Fall of 2018, she has had the opportunity to learn more about and participate in the AGF mission of increasing voting accessibility.
Phariha Rahman is a sophomore at SUNY Binghamton double majoring in English and History. In addition to The Andrew Goodman Foundation, Phariha is a news writer for the Binghamton Pipe Dream.
Nicholas Paul Palumbo is the Interim Director of Leadership and Service at the Center for Community. In this role, he is responsible for promoting, developing and expanding leadership and service opportunities for students. Nick oversees a number of leadership initiatives, including the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development, Livingston Cares Service Trips, and the on-campus Voter Engagement Taskforce. Before joining the Center for Community, Nick has been serving the Geneseo community since 2016 as an adjunct faculty member in the department of psychology teaching courses in adolescent and child development, motivation psychology, and advance research methods. Prior to that, Nick was at the University of Rochester where he served as a project manager and adjunct professor in the department of counseling and human development. Nick earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s from Syracuse University, and an advanced certificate in online teaching from the University of Rochester. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in human development from the University of Rochester. Nick enjoys spending time working with undergraduate students on research projects, reading, writing, and traveling to the Adirondacks. Nick also loves to cook and is always trying out new vegan recipes.
Rachel Wallisky is a political science and history major from Horseheads, NY. At SUNY Geneseo, Rachel is a Student Leader Mentor through the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development Program (GOLD), a member of the Phi Alpha Delta professional pre-law fraternity, and swims distance on the SUNY Geneseo Swimming and Diving team. After graduation, Rachel plans to attend law school to become a prosecutor.
Julia Muller is a sophomore Biology and International Relations major from Rochester, NY. At SUNY Geneseo, Julia is a Leader Mentor in the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program, as well as the secretary for Roosevelt Institute at SUNY Geneseo and a member of the Geneseo Pep Band. She is excited to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to encourage her fellow students to get involved in the democratic process.
Robbie is a junior Sociology major in SUNY Geneseo's honors program. Robbie is deeply interested in politics and is very involved with political organizations at Geneseo, serving as vice president of the Democrats Club, events planner of the Political Affairs Club, and serving on the Geneseo Town Democratic Committee. After working on Nate McMurray's political campaign for Congress in Geneseo's electoral district, Robbie became very interested in how to raise voter turnout at SUNY Geneseo in a nonpartisan way, and this is what drew him to The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Other organizations that Robbie is involved with are serving as co-chair of Food Security Advocates and vice president of Sociology Club. Robbie is very excited to serve as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador and hopes to try to get other students more interested in voting.
Sara is a senior psychology major and human development minor at SUNY Geneseo. Sara is passionate about research in the field of psychology and the ways that humans interact, and she plans to attend graduate school to get a Ph.D. in clinical psychology to continue her studies on human behavior. In the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development Program (GOLD), Sara is a Leader Mentor where she collaborates with other mentors and participants on projects related to leadership and many other issues, such as voter engagement. In the fall of 2018, Sara helped with voter registration and at the polling sites on election day, which sparked her interest in The Andrew Goodman Foundation and civic engagement. She plans to continue to help with these projects her senior year and educate her campus on the importance of elections and voting.
Steven Adelson is a Residence Hall Director in the Department of Residential Programs at Stony Brook University, and now also serves as Co-Director of the Center for Civic Justice. Since arriving in 2012, Steven has contributed to the university's transformed commitment to civic and democratic engagement for several years, and he is thrilled about the opportunity to position civic justice as a cornerstone of the student experience. Steven is a two-time alumnus of Stony Brook University: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (2015) and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (2017). In addition, Steven is pursuing his Doctorate in Education at Northeastern University. Steven's research interests include undocumented immigrant identity development and its effects on access to higher education, and college student democratic engagement.
Elif Onay is a first-year student at Stony Brook University studying Biology, but whose greatest passions fall within the area of politics. Originally from Staten Island, New York, Elif serves as our newest Student Ambassador for Vote Everywhere at Stony Brook University in partnership with The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Elif has contributed mightily to several of the organization's "Get Out the Vote" efforts, weekly voter registration initiatives, and as a volunteer and facilitator at the Community Dialogues on Immigration in America and Safety & Justice. Elif looks forward to honoring the legacy of Andrew Goodman and so many others who lost their lives for doing what they knew was right and just.
Erin is a sophomore at Stony Brook University’s Honors College studying political science and psychology with a minor in writing. Besides being an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, she is the Team Leader of the Voter Engagement Committee in Stony Brook’s Center for Civic Justice. Erin is passionate about equitable voting practices and criminal justice reform and is excited about the year ahead to further Stony Brook’s dedication to civic engagement. As a first-year Ambassador, she hopes to bring new Get Out the Vote initiatives to campus and work with other Ambassadors around the country to start to solve large-scale issues on local levels.
Born and raised in New York City, Tamara is an Economics major and Political Science minor with dreams of changing the world. Her goal is to attend law school and ultimately become a Supreme Court Justice, dedicating her life to ensuring social justice for all. Her passions include eradicating voter suppression, equal and quality education for all, and criminal justice reform. She is determined to exemplify leadership and civic engagement within her community.
Lucy Gordon is a sophomore at Stony Brook University with a double major in Psychology and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Biology. Lucy is the newest student Ambassador for the Vote Everywhere organization and serves as the lead of the Community Engagement team at Stony Brook’s Center for Civic Justice. Lucy is driven by her passion for social justice education, women’s rights advocacy, and making sure students feel that their voice matters on campus and in the larger community. Along with her work at the Center for Civic Justice, Lucy is an Undergraduate College Fellow for the College of Science and Society and a research assistant in biology education. Along with weekly tabling and voter registration events, she has facilitated Community Dialogues on Freedom of Speech and the #MeToo Movement, and looks forward to piloting a new community dialogue topic on Gendered Expectations in Society. Lucy is excited to be an Ambassador for the Vote Everywhere program where she hopes to continue to increase civic engagement on campus and honor the legacy of Andrew Goodman.
Dr. Cara Robinson is the Interim Department Chair for Social Work and Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Tennessee State University. Dr. Robinson received her Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware where she wrote her dissertation "Informing Democracy?: Election Coverage by Cable News Networks in the 2008 Presidential Election."
Aniya Bryant is a senior majoring in Agricultural Sciences with a focus in Environmental Science and Urban Studies. Her interest in politics grew her junior year of college when she decided to add a second major in Urban Studies. Aniya loves to travel and volunteer with various organizations in Nashville. Upon graduation, Aniya plans to attend graduate school and get a master's degree in Education.
Cynthia Goodloe-Palmer currently serves as the Executive Director of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc., since 2012. She previously served as the coordinator for the organization. Previously she worked at Jackson State University as the Resources and Media Technology Manager for the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center. Most recently, she served as the Operations Director for the 2011 Return of the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary Reunion (Jackson, MS), the Executive Director for the 2014 Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference (Tougaloo College) and also served on the 2013 50th Anniversary Committee for the Commemoration of the murder of Medgar Evers. In addition, Cynthia also served on the 2015 50th Anniversary of the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, Alabama.
Music has been a passion of Cynthia’s before serving in the aforementioned jobs. She has toured in 35 of the 50 United States and has performed internationally in the following places Alaska, Canada, Bermuda, West Indies, England, Germany, France, Brazil, Holland, Trinidad, Tobago and South Africa. Cynthia has been featured on the "Bobby Jones Gospel Show" on The Word Network and is a 3-time winner at the Mississippi Gospel Music Awards. She was the first gospel singer to sing at the Jewish synagogue in Dayton, Ohio.
Cynthia has recorded and self-produced 5 CD’s, entitled "Just Enough Faith To Try," "Anointed Psalms of Praise," “A Soulful Christmas," "Heaven is the Place to Be," and “The Best of Cynthia Palmer; The Ultimate Collection." Cynthia produced the highly successful CD for Message Magazine, the oldest black religious magazine in the country.
After returning to Mississippi in 2000, Cynthia founded the Canton Gospel Music Association (CGMA) located in her hometown of Canton, MS. Since 2006, this organization has awarded 95 music scholarships to up and coming musicians.
Cynthia is a recording artist, songwriter, producer and serves on the board of directors of the Mississippi Opera and Women For Progress, to name a few. She is the proud daughter of Flonzie Brown Wright and the late Edward Goodloe, Sr., and currently resides in Jackson, MS.
Latrice Johnson is a freshman English major and Pre-Law minor from Oklahoma City, OK. Attending the historic Tougaloo College, she serves as Secretary of the Tougaloo Ambassadors and Meritorious Scholars and Treasurer of the Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Society while remaining actively involved in several other organizations.Through her involvement with the RVA Pre-Law Society and NAACP, Latrice has gained experience in administering campus-wide voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote efforts. She is dedicated to improving the civic engagement of her generation and institution. As an organized leader, Latrice plans to express her passion for voting and civil rights by enhancing the campus morale and political involvement through her work as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador.
Jazmine Baylor is a junior at Tougaloo College, where she studies biology. She is originally from McComb, MS, and aspires to become a medical physician.
I am a student affairs professional from Miami, Florida. I strive to empower students to have an impactful one-of-a-kind college experience, in which they become leaders and active citizens through not only their academic life but also their co-curricular involvement.
Sophie Bertrand, a sophomore at Towson University, is a student leader taking action addressing the issues of Civic Engagement and Democratic participation. In the past two years, she has utilized campus resources to educate the student body about the significance of their roles in the community, especially in the democratic system. She has actively registered students to vote, hoping to increase overall political engagement on campus and playing a significant role in making Towson University recognized by TurboVote and the ALL IN campus democracy challenge as a "Silver Seal Campus" with a voting rate of 60.7% - one of TurboVote's top 40 campuses for voter engagement in 2017. In addition to her efforts with the campus student government on an initiative to make voting easier and more convenient for students, she is currently working in concordance with several local universities to host a conference pertaining to the state of democratic participation and civic engagement in the hopes of directly engaging with students and officials to discover what needs to be done and follow through to increase voter turnout - especially pertaining to the rapidly growing population of youth voters.
Jonathan Townes is a currently a freshman at Towson University studying Political Science. He is a Baltimore City native, dedicated to helping create a community that is conducive to the growth of all the city’s inhabitants. Jonathan Townes has been involved politically since 10th grade in high school, working for Councilmen Brandon Scott of the second district in Baltimore city. He has also served two consecutive terms on the Baltimore City School Board of Commissioners representing the youth population of the city. Jonathan is currently working on the gubernatorial campaign of Jim Shea and Councilmen Scott. When he is not debating the effectiveness of the education system in Baltimore City or trying to save the world, he enjoys drawing, singing, and spending time with his little sister. Jonathan is passionate about helping others and hopes to be able to change the world.
Sherri works with the programs team at Tisch College to support research and evaluation in addition to facilitating connections with student organizations across campus. She earned her doctorate in 2015 from Boston University, and her research focused on designing assessments to understand how student attitudes can change after participating in global citizenship coursework. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Sherri taught civics to middle school students in Somerville. She earned her B.S. from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations, and her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Lidya Woldeyesus is a sophomore at Tufts University studying Political Science and Civic Studies. This year she is serving as the Andrew Goodman Team Leader and is passionate about tackling the barriers to voting for students of color, which are both structural and cultural. Gearing up for the 2020 Presidential Election, she is excited about using her platform to help her peers recognize their constitutional and civic responsibility to vote!
Matt is a sophomore studying economics and urban studies at Tufts University. Matt developed his sense of civic engagement in his home Nashville, TN where he has been active in local and state politics since high school. Matt also serves as the student co-chair of JumboVote, a non-partisan voter registration and assistance group that works in coordination with AGF Vote Everywhere and many other student organizations. He hopes to return to the South and work in areas relating to economic development and civic engagement.
Richard C. Fording is the Marilyn Williams Elmore and John Durr Elmore Endowed Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama. He earned his B.A. at the University of Florida (1986), and his Ph.D. from Florida State University (1998). His primary teaching and research interests include public policy, race and politics, state politics, social movements, and quantitative methodology. He is the author or coauthor of articles appearing in a variety of journals, including American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics. He is the coauthor of Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race (University of Chicago Press).
Ben Leonard is a junior from Collierville, Tennessee. He is currently majoring in marketing and minoring in political science. Ben has served as the CEO of Forza Financial, worked as an intern for the University Fellows Experience, raised funds for nonprofits, contributed to the Honors College Student Advisory Board, and volunteered in several Tuscaloosa elementary schools. Last summer, Ben interned for his district’s Congressman and one of Tennessee’s U.S. Senators. In the fall of 2018, Ben left UA for a semester to work for the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he supported the Metropolitan Policy Program. Currently, Ben interns in Tuscaloosa’s City Hall for Mayor Walt Maddox. On campus, he is involved in the University Fellows Experience, Honors College Ambassadors, the Blackburn Institute, and Vote Everywhere. In his free time, Ben enjoys running, reading, and listening to podcasts. He hopes to attend law school after graduating from The University of Alabama.
My name is Meredith Saylor, and I am a Vote Everywhere Ambassador from the University of Alabama. I am entering my sophomore year, majoring in Economics with a minor in Public Policy. Along with my work with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, I am an active member of the Student Government Association, and serve as an honors college mentor. After my undergraduate career, I hope to continue on to earn my master’s in Economics, and eventually work in monetary policy.
Samuel Reece is a junior at the University of Alabama from Montevallo, AL. He is majoring in Political Science and American Studies and minoring in Creative Writing and Social Innovation & Leadership. Sam is part of the University Fellows Experience and the Honors College and worked as an Honors College and David Mathews Center for Civic Life Jean O’Connor-Snyder Intern in the summer of 2018. He is also a member of the Blackburn Institute Class of 2020. He is involved in the Alabama Model United Nations Conference, teaches recorder to third-graders as the Flatwood Elementary Coordinator for Engage Tuscaloosa's NoteABLE program, and writes on comic books, superheroes, and their place in pop culture in the "The Splash Page" series for the Crimson White Culture Section. He is planning to attend law school after graduation, focusing on public interest work.
Shana Oshinskie, a current freshman studying Journalism at The University of Alabama, grew up in a very small town in New Jersey, where her interest in access to unbiased information and its correlation to civic engagement began. More specifically, however, Shana is interested in the voting rights of freed felons and citizens of marginalized communities like the Alabama Black Belt, the lack of participation in local elections, and how these concerns can be ameliorated by access to high quality local and national journalism. She will spend her summer of 2017 in the rural community of Marion, Alabama, working with the Jean O'Connor-Snyder Program and various local nonprofits to improve local journalism and voter registration.
Anthony Butler is the Director of Transitions and Community Engagement at UB. He has more than a decade of experience in the areas of student development, community engagement and developing community partnerships, student leadership and transition programs, and non-profit PR and marketing. In his role as Director of Transitions and Community Engagement, Anthony is responsible for planning University of Baltimore’s new student orientation, commencement exercises, community engagement opportunities, and strengths-based initiatives. He also teaches the senior capstone course in the College of Public Affairs’ Community Leadership and Nonprofit Management program. He has a bachelor of arts in English from Salisbury University and a master of arts in Publications Design with a specialization in creative writing and publishing arts from University of Baltimore. In his free time he enjoys writing fiction and poetry.
Willow Goode is currently a sophomore at The University of Baltimore studying Government and Public Policy with a minor in Philosophy. From a young age, she has been politically active. In the future, Willow hopes to attend law school and work for social change. She is looking forward to working with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to help encourage more people to be involved in the democratic process.
Carleen McLeod is a graduating senior at the University of Baltimore and is majoring in English. She hopes to make sure the student body at UB are registered and fully aware of their voting rights and to attend law school in the near future.
Miyako is a junior at UC Berkeley pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in History, with a strong interest in voting rights, civic engagement, and congressional affairs. On campus, she works to bring down barriers to voting as the lead Andrew Goodman Ambassador and Voter Registration Manager of the ASUC Vote Coalition.
An Oregon native, Miyako previously spent two summers interning in U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s Eugene district office. Most recently, she worked for Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in his Washington, D.C. office as a legislative intern with a focus on healthcare and education policy.
Currently, Miyako is working to found the first-ever “PAC-12 Voting Challenge” to encourage college students across the West Coast to vote during the 2020 election. She is looking forward to partnering with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to make sure that young people are making their voices heard in our democracy — in 2020 and beyond.
Rachel Sondkar is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Political Economy with a concentration in The American Legal System. Strongly believing in the importance of activism, Rachel has been politically engaged throughout her educational career. She currently is part of the campus’ Vote Coalition, which increased campus voter turnout in the 2018 Midterms, as well as has partnered with administrators and other student leaders to create the Civic Engagement Coalition. Coming from a family of freedom fighters, Rachel has learnt at an early age the importance of uplifting marginalized voices. Her published piece “Secular India?” explains the necessity of having an inclusive democracy. Rachel is excited to be an Andrew Goodman Ambassador and to continue educating and motivating young voters. She hopes to work towards making the nation a place where there is truly “liberty and justice for all.”
Lesley Graybeal is the Director of Service-Learning in the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. She earned her BA and MA degrees in English and Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and previously served as faculty member and Service-Learning Program Coordinator at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. In her role as Director of Service-Learning, Lesley’s work includes community partnership development and nonprofit support, faculty development in community-engaged pedagogy and scholarship, and coordination of co-curricular service and civic engagement opportunities for students.
Greta Hacker is a sophomore majoring in public administration with minors in honors interdisciplinary studies and professional writing. Greta developed her interest in public service during high school, when she worked to increase citizen access to information, technology, and educational programming as an employee of her local public library. She continues her public service work in college as an intern at the University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development, where she helps to provide training and technical assistance to communities around the state of Arkansas. She is an active member of the UCA Debate and Forensics Team, works as a peer tutor at the UCA Center for Writing and Communication, and serves as an ambassador and councilmember for the UCA Schedler Honors College. Greta is excited to serve as Team Leader for UCA's Vote Everywhere chapter and hopes that her commitments to education, civic engagement, and service will have a positive impact upon the program.
I am Javier Hernandez, a Junior at the University of Central Arkansas. I'm from Rogers, AR. I am part of the Honors College, and I'm double majoring in Environmental Science and Political Science. Here at UCA, I'm involved in Young Democrats, Latino Student Association, Food Recovery Network, and Student Government, among other organizations. I have a passion for allowing equal opportunity for everyone to participate in our democratic process. I'm excited to be serving on the Vote Everywhere team, getting to share knowledge about the registration and election process and energizing my campus to vote!
Joshua McKie is a sophomore at the University of Chicago, majoring in Public Policy, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. He is a New York City native who currently works at Sunshine Enterprises with a goal of empowering communities and people that have been disempowered in order to create a more politically equal society. Joshua's hobbies include running, taking walks, playing harmonica, and spending time with his family and friends.
Charlotte Soehner is a second year at the University of Chicago, majoring in Political Science or Philosophy with a minor in Human Rights. In high school, she served on Lower Manhattan's Community Board 1 and worked on multiple community service projects. Currently, she is working with the University of Chicago Democracy Initiative to promote civic engagement and civic awareness, specifically within high schools in Chicago. Charlotte hopes to make an impact on her campus and to see more of her generation involved in politics.
Grant Neeley teaches and conducts research in several public policy fields, public administration, state politics and political behavior. Prior to joining the UD faculty, Grant was on the faculty at Texas Tech, the University of Cincinnati, and Ball State University. He also serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the Navy Reserve. He has played on and coached several collegiate club lacrosse teams.
Grant served as the Director of the MPA Program at UD from May 2007 to August 2014. In 2014, he became the Director of Graduate Academic Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences. He is currently the chair of the Department of Political Science.
Dr. Hunter Phillips Goodman serves as the Executive Director of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton. She believes strongly in the power of community and neighborhoods to make a positive difference in partnership with local universities.
As a nonprofit executive director, fundraiser, researcher, student advocate, teacher, and higher education professional, Hunter has a passion for strong, vibrant leadership and community based partnership.
Anna Rose Redgate is a junior at the University of Dayton majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minors in Marketing and Political Science. She is extremely excited an honored to be working as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador at UD, and strives to carry on Andrew Goodman’s legacy. Through partnership with the University of Dayton’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, Anna Rose and her team work to promote civic engagement on campus through voter registration, mobilizing voters to the polls, and creating or partnering with other organizations to increase civic engagement on campus and in our community. In addition to VE, Anna Rose works as a Communication Student Manager for the Women’s Center on campus, enjoys writing, volunteering in the Dayton community, and spending time with her wonderful friends at UD.
Sean Newhouse is excited to be a Vote Everywhere Ambassador at the University of Dayton where he is a junior political science and journalism double major. He has traveled extensively, studying in China and interning in London, England. Besides Vote Everywhere, Sean is involved with his campus newspaper and Alpha Phi Omega. His favorite TV series is “The West Wing.”
Cynthia Barnett is a Fellow at the University of Florida's Bob Graham Center for Public Service, where she works on environmental civics, ethics, and leadership and teaches the Center's campus-wide Civic Engagement course. She also serves as Environmental Journalist in Residence at UF's College of Journalism and Communications, where she teaches environmental reporting. She is author of the water books Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. (2007); Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis (2011); and Rain: A Natural and Cultural History (2015), long-listed for the National Book Award. She’s written on the environment for National Geographic, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Discover, Salon, Politico and many other publications. Her next book is a history of humanity and seashells, tapping a beloved icon of nature to help the general public engage with our impacts to the sea.
My name is Jenna Tingum and I am a second year at the University of Florida. I am a pre-med student majoring in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and planning to minor in Public Leadership. Besides working for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, I volunteer at the local hospital and work as a Resident Assistant on campus. After graduation, I hope to go to medical school to become a Neurologist or Psychiatrist. I am passionate about civic involvement, community service, and mental health advocacy and am very excited to work with the Andrew Goodman Foundation this year to promote student engagement throughout UF and Gainesville.
My name is Katy Frey, and I am a third-year student from West Chester, Pennsylvania, majoring in Environmental Management of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with a minor in Sustainability. Ever since high school, I have had a strong passion for politics and voting rights. It is for this reason that I became involved with the University of Florida's Vote Everywhere team to help encourage more Gators to become civically engaged. My mantra is "your voice does matter," which is why I dedicate myself to Gators Vote Everywhere and try to empower students to vote. Besides working with Vote Everywhere, I am the President of the UF chapter of She's the First, a national nonprofit organization that sponsors girls' education in low-income countries. In my free time, I enjoy exploring nature, doing yoga, and watching documentaries. I look forward to this next year with Vote Everywhere and cannot wait to see all we accomplish in the future.
Harjot Sodhi is a second year at the University of Florida, majoring in economics. He has always had a strong interest in politics and has been involved in voter rights advocacy since high school. He has worked with a variety of political organizations over the years and founded his own political awareness group in high school. Besides political advocacy, he also enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and traveling. He had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain last semester and traveled throughout the continent as well as parts of North Africa. But now that he is back, Harjot is very excited to continue his work in spreading political awareness at the University of Florida through The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Shae'Erica Horne is a pre-med student majoring in Biology at the University of Florida. She is a recent graduate of Fitzgerald High School where she was an active member of 4-H, the Technology Student Association, BETA Club and Y-Club. She served as chairman of the Junior Board of Directors at the Community Banking Company of Fitzgerald and served as a poll worker for numerous elections. In her spare time, Shae enjoys traveling, reading, dancing and singing. Her passion for civic involvement and the medical field stems from her natural desire to want to help others. She has a focus on marginalized people and communities. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, Shae hopes to eliminate the idea that one vote does not count while increasing voter turnout in young adults and minorities. Her future plans are to gain a possible minor in public leadership and attend medical school at Harvard University to become an anesthesiologist.
Myrna Hugo is a Program Coordinator for the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. In her role, Myrna works with students to foster one of the university’s core values of community engagement through community-based learning opportunities. She also coordinates with community partners to identify and support collaboration that builds a culture of civic engagement within their neighboring communities. Prior to joining the University of La Verne, Myrna was a member of the President’s Office administrative team at the University of Redlands.
My name is Francisco Villagomez-Luna, and I am an undergraduate at the University of La Verne class of 2020, majoring in Political Science. Growing up, my parents and community instilled in me the importance of civic and community engagement and it has brought me great sense of happiness and made me a more aware and involved citizen. I have been involved in many aspects of my community, giving me a sense of how the members of my community impact one another. From starting at the age of eleven and volunteering at my elementary school to being involved in my local fire department, I have tried to become a more open-minded and well-rounded individual. I take great pride in helping others and being a voice for the underrepresented. I hope to inspire those who look up to me and the next generation leaders just as much as they inspire me keep moving forward and seek change for the betterment of everyone.
Abrelle is a freshmen Honors Education Major at University of La Verne and is currently involved in the Campus Activities Board as a committee member and the Multicultural Club Council as Treasurer. Getting students involved is very important to her, and she is thankful to have the opportunity through being a Vote Everywhere Ambassador. She hopes to get students involved, not just in spirit, but politically within the community, state, and even the country.
Pam Nessle Curtis has over thirty years of professional experience working in Student Affairs. Pam serves as the Director of the Office of Student Involvement at the University of Louisville. While at UofL, she has also served as the Director of Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service at UofL, Associate Director for Residence Life, and as a Resident Director, among other titles. Pam is proud to have helped lead UofL to earn two Voter Friendly Campus designations and is excited about working with AGF and our two student Ambassadors heading into the 2020 election.
Pam’s professional involvement includes serving as the Inaugural Chair of the UofL Student Affairs Professional Development Committee. She also has served as the chair of the SACSA Career Services Committee and Vice President of Professional Development for two years. She has been on the executive board to CPAK (College Personnel Association of KY) as the Conference Chair. Pam has also served on the planning team for the Dialogue on Diversity held in Louisville each year. Pam has done numerous professional presentations on the state, regional and national levels on student conduct, leadership and staff training and development.
Pam received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Cortland and Master of Education degree from the University of Florida. Pam has two millennial sons, Jake and Jeff, who are a constant source of fun, amazement and learning. She loves to walk her dogs every day.
Shalom everyone! My name is Eowyn, but I go by Wyn. I am a sophomore at the University of Louisville, majoring in Political Science with a track in Law and Public Policy. I am also pursuing a minor in Jewish Studies. When I’m not in the library working on my classes, you can find me in the Interfaith Center as the president of UofL’s Hillel, or in the Engage Lead Serve Board’s (ELSB) office thinking of different ways to get my friends and peers to uphold their civic duty of voting! I believe that our vote is our voice, and every election is our opportunity to have our voice heard by our legislators. As a queer Jewish woman, voting is how I can stand up to oppressive systems that are currently in place. Just like my vote, every other vote matters. I am beyond excited to take on the position of Team Leader for this year and cannot wait to see how we can adapt UofL to be an even more voter-friendly campus!
Hello! My name is Austin Dillon and I am a sophomore at the University of Louisville. I am majoring in Economics and Political Science, as well as minoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. I am involved with various student groups on campus, including Greek life and the Engage Lead Serve Board. As a long-time admirer of the unique system of government we have in the United States, I love seeing students invest their time to learn about and to engage with our nation’s political institutions. I am thrilled to serve as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador!
Erin has served as the Lead for Democratic engagement since the fall of 2016 and directs nonpartisan student voter registration, engagement, and education across the University of Michigan’s central campus. She also coordinates the Big Ten Voting Challenge, a friendly competition to enhance student participation in the democratic process across the Big Ten Conference.
Erin grew up in Dearborn, MI where she was recently elected to serve on the City Council. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a former New York City Teaching Fellow, with a Master’s in Education from CUNY.
Meredith is a junior at the University of Michigan, studying public policy at the Ford School of Public Policy, and minoring in Community Action and Social Change. Outside of her work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation, Meredith is involved in the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive public policy think tank, as the Internal Membership Chair, and organizes University of Michigan’s Alternative Spring Breaks program as a member of the Communications and Operations team. In her free time, Meredith enjoys cheering on Michigan sports teams until she loses her voice (GO BLUE), baking with her friends & family, and exploring old bookstores.
Cory is a junior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. As an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, he works with faculty, staff, and student organizations to increase student voter registration and election turnout. Cory has an interest in U.S. Public Policy with a focus on higher education, electoral politics, and Reconstruction-era history. In his spare time, Cory enjoys watching movies, cheering on the Michigan football team, and rooting for the New England Patriots.
Professor Hall recently finished up several years as Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Mississippi. Over the past several years, he has also worked extensively with undergraduates, teaching Intelligence Communications for the University’s Intelligence and Security Studies program and Introduction to Law for students at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.
Professor Hall’s scholarly interests focus on the intersection of immigration law, criminal law and procedure, and national security law. Currently, he is working on an article on the opposite of civil disobedience – hyper obedience and individualized criminal law.
Before joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Hall worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in the Civil Division’s Office of Immigration Litigation and specialized in national security and counter-terrorism matters. Professor Hall obtained his position at Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. While with the Justice Department, Professor Hall worked on certiorari oppositions before the U.S. Supreme Court; he handled appeals in nine of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and he litigated cases in a dozen different U.S. District Courts. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Professor Hall held two clerkships with federal judges. First, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Terence T. Evans, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He then clerked for Judge John G. Heyburn II, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
Professor Hall received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif. In law school, he earned a spot on the Moot Court Board and he was Editor-in-Chief of the Kentucky Law Journal. Hall received his B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, where he studied Government.
As the Assistant Director for Volunteer Outreach, Sean serves as an outreach liaison between UNC Charlotte and the wider Charlotte community. In 2014, he co-founded the Niner Student Pantry that provides UNC Charlotte students experiencing economic hardship with healthy, emergency food. In the spring of 2014, Sean’s office partnered with the Department of Sociology to lead a Habitat for Humanity service learning trip to El Salvador where students built homes side-by-side with Salvadoran families, learning about their culture and lives. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology where he teaches courses on race and ethnic relations and social movements.
As the Research Associate for Academic Planning and Analysis, Tamara researches and communicates UNC Charlotte’s student success and community engagement initiatives to the broader campus community, and designs programming that supports engaged scholarship and enriches the student experience through experiential learning, community engagement, and international education. As adjunct faculty in the Department of Global, International and Area Studies, she teaches courses on globalization and global cities, as well as food justice in South Africa (where she was a Peace Corps volunteer and a Fulbright scholar). She received her doctorate in Geography from UNC at Chapel Hill in 2011.
Kiley Murray is a Masters of Public Administration student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In May of 2018, Kiley graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Political Science. She currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Dean of Students office. She has previously served as the Vice President for the Roosevelt Institute for Public Policy at UNCC spearheading a nonpartisan initiative on campus and worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections (NC) during the 2016 election.
Faustine is the Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) Coordinator at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. A recent Penn alum, Faustine spent her undergraduate years encouraging students to become more involved in the Philadelphia community and has continued to do so in her new role as the liaison between Penn faculty, students, and community partners. Her main goal is to support and encourage students on their way to becoming more democratic, civically-minded citizens.
Eva Gonzalez is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Hispanic Studies. She is a co-director for Penn Leads the Vote and is passionate about encouraging civic engagement on campus. She spent the summer working on a policy brief on college student voting rights in Pennsylvania and hopes to continue working on legislative advocacy in the future.
Benjamin Oh is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is pursuing a Master of Science in Social Policy. He graduated from Penn in 2019 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a concentration in Public Policy and Governance. Benjamin's experience working with Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), as well as co-directing Penn Leads The Vote, informs his conviction that democracy depends on equity and equality for disenfranchised communities, particularly communities of color. His research extends to Census data, minority voter trends, Voting Rights Act enforcement, and the impact of Shelby v. Holder on civil rights legislation and minority voters. He is excited to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to increase voter engagement and education not only on campus, but for communities throughout Philadelphia.
Angeline Vuong joined the McCarthy Center in 2017 as the Program Manager of Community-Engaged Learning. She oversees the Center’s undergraduate public service programs and supports community-engaged learning across the institution. She has a diverse background in the public sector, specializing in immigration, economic and community development issues for government agencies and non-profit organizations. Most recently she worked with UNICEF to design mentorship and education programs for in Vietnam and at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., managing social and economic policy analyses for communities of color. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Trinity University. A native of Texas, Angeline is passionate about social justice, educational equity, youth engagement, and immigration issues.
David Donahue, the new director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Services and the Common Good, is also joining the School of Education as an affiliated professor of education. Prior to USF, he was at Mills College for 23 years as a faculty member in the School of Education, working in teacher education and the doctoral program, and most recently was interim provost. He is the recipient of Mills College’s two highest teaching awards: The Sarlo Award and the Metz Chair. His research interests include teacher learning generally and learning from service-learning and the arts specifically, and he is a widely published scholar on topics including service-learning in higher education, human rights, diversity, and personal identity.
My name is Ariana Robert Martinez. I am a second-year Psychology major, double minoring in Natural Science and Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of San Francisco. I was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico where I lived most of my life. My interest in community organizing and civic engagement sparked during my time in Puerto Rico. I'm passionate about my roots, my culture, and more importantly about speaking out against political and social injustices in Puerto Rico. At USF, I'm working on developing my leadership skills, getting more hands-on experiences in community organizing, and as a first-generation college student, I'm working on setting an example for my younger siblings. I truly believe that voter registration and education is the fastest way to reform and create a society that is fair for all people.
Miguel is a sophomore studying Political Science and Journalism at the University of San Francisco. Inspired by his grandfather’s background in local politics in the Philippines, Miguel developed a sense of service in the Philippines and ultimately became more politically active growing up in the United States. Miguel is a member of USFVotes, a campus organization that focuses on voter engagement and is in partnership with The Andrew Goodman Foundation. He hopes to spread this activism and civic engagement in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Allison Clark Pingley, Ph.D., is the Civic Engagement Coordinator and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her teaching and research focuses on American politics, and specifically political behavior, campaigns and elections, and political parties.
Makenzie Duncan is a Political Science major and Pre-Law minor at the University of South Carolina Upstate with hopes of attending law school. Makenzie is the President of Engage at Upstate, an organization dedicated to improving civic engagement on campus in partnership with The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is passionate about political activism and participation. Her long term goal is to work with nonprofits whose work is aimed at providing legal services to marginalized communities.
Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Sharan Ravishankar is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Pre-Law. He is currently the Student-Body President of the University of South Carolina Upstate. He has also been the Student Body Treasurer, Honors Program President, and Student Ambassador. His passion in life is to help the community through being elected into a public office.
Kyle is a Programs Coordinator for the Hinckley Institute of Politics. His work includes assisting with the Hinckley’s internship programs, website and data management, organizing an annual university-wide speech contest, and overseeing the voter and civic engagement initiatives of the Hinckley Institute in partnership with The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Kyle is a recent graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Spanish minor.
As an honors double major in biology and environmental geoscience, a minor in political science, and a community engaged scholar designation, Michaela enjoys utilizing scientific knowledge to craft better public policy. A strong believer in the democratic process, Michaela hopes her time with the Andrew Goodman Foundation will help her increase civic and political engagement at the University of Utah. In addition, Michaela also serves as the associate director of government relations in the University of Utah student government, as a Program Director for the Edible Campus Gardens, and is an active member of the Delta Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Jonas Warner is a Political Science major at the University of Utah with a minor in Art History Studies. Throughout his political engagement experience, Jonas has gained leadership positions such as executive head of his city’s youth council and speaker of the house for his high school’s student congress, as well as a leadership position in his university’s Public Lands advocacy group. With a passion for youth civic involvement, Jonas has led multiple efforts in his school to create lasting political change in the community through the creation of the Timpanogos Alliance for Social Change (TASC), a student activist group focused on mobilizing students under the voting age to create efforts in building a safer community for all. This is Jonas’ first year as a proud Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Jacqueline Mumford is double majoring in accounting and political science with a passion for tax legislation, voter registration and still plays Candy Crush. Outside of academics, she is the Director of the College Democrats, a board member on the Student Fund for Public Trust and an assistant editor for the Utah Daily Chronicle. She believes that voting is more than a civic duty: it’s an opportunity to implement change, and as such, is passionate about getting voters excited to cast their ballots.
Jaci Moseley is studying Journalism, Communication Arts and Digital Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is fascinated by the potential of digital media to inspire youth civic engagement and to fuel positive social change, especially when it comes to voting. Jaci had the incredible opportunity to explore campus civic engagement efforts through an independent project during the 2018 midterm election. As a passionate learner, she looks forward to continually growing her knowledge and using it to inspire others to participate in democracy.
Tamia is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, planning on majoring in Journalism and Political Science. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to positively influence her peers in her role as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador. In her time at UW-Madison, Tamia has served in various organizations that have further developed her passion for serving her community and creating inclusive, engaging spaces to talk about policy including: UW-Madison’s Associated Student Government Legislative Committee, Bell Magazine, and Period: The Menstrual Movement. She is excited to continue working towards making UW-Madison a more civically engaged campus during her sophomore year.
Jacqueline Smith-Mason, Ph.D., joined The Honors College in 2004 and serves as the Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Research. She previously taught courses in criminal justice and political science in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU. In addition, she has also held various policy research positions in state government.
Her research and teaching interests include public policy affecting women, families and children, challenges facing the American criminal justice system, public sector management and issues related to honors education.
Dr. Smith-Mason received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration and M.S. in Criminal Justice from VCU, as well as her B.A. in Sociology from George Mason University.
Matt is a first-generation college student born from an immigrant family originating in Ethiopia. He was born and raised in northern Virginia and is currently a student at VCU studying Broadcast Journalism with his sights set on law school after graduation. He is the founder and president of the Pre-Law Society at VCU and hopes to utilize his legal education to become a voice for the under-represented and unprivileged. His goal through The Andrew Goodman Foundation is to inspire his campus to feel obliged to involve themselves in the community and represent their opinions in the polls consistently.
Dr. Lane Perry currently serves as the Director of the Center for Service Learning and is an adjunct faculty member of the Human Services Department (College of Education) and the Entrepreneurship Program (College of Business) at Western Carolina University. Lane completed his Bachelor of Business Administration, Masters of Adult Education and Training at the University of Central Oklahoma, and Masters of Entrepreneurship at WCU. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, New Zealand International Doctoral Research Fellow, and Canterbury Doctoral Research Fellow, he achieved his Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education degree at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Lane has presented and published extensively in the fields of community engagement, service-learning, global citizenship, and pedagogical approaches to disaster response. He currently serves as a co-editor of the International Journal for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement. Most recently Lane has been recognized as the 2015 North Carolina Campus Compact Civic Engagement Professional of the Year, the 2015 co-recipient of the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, and the 2017 Gulf South Summit Community Engagement Practitioner of the year.
Lane lives by the belief that the only thing better than watching someone grow, is helping them grow. He believes that with the fertile soil of higher education (and all the watering an idea needs) a student, faculty, or staff member have only one choice – and that is to grow! He strives to help others grow in their passion, purpose and calling on a daily basis and in turn, he gets to consistently live his purpose and calling. Currently, Lane lives in Waynesville, North Carolina with he wife, Dr. April Perry (Associate Dean of the Graduate School), his five-year-old daughter Prescott Perry, 14-month-old daughter Pennon Perry, and his golden retriever – Riley.
Hannah is studying Sociology and Spanish at Western Carolina University in hopes of one day reforming America’s education system. She believes that civic engagement begins with education; fostering an understanding of cultural diversity, equality among genders and races, mental health awareness, and strengthening communication between people will help our country come together. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys yoga, hiking and spending time in nature, music (whether it’s playing, listening, or singing), and making people laugh. She is proud to be a part of The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Sara Mears (she/her/hers) is a senior majoring in Political Science, Business Law, and International Studies at Western Carolina University. Sara has been involved with Western Carolina University's Student Democracy Coalition since the beginning of 2018, has completed a fellowship with Campus Vote Project and currently serves on their Student Advisory Board for the 2018-2019 year, and has been an Andrew Goodman Ambassador since the beginning of 2019. Further, Sara has completed an organizing internship with Democracy North Carolina and has completed an administrative internship with the Jackson County Board of Elections. Sara is passionate about increasing civic engagement for all and is proud to be an Andrew Goodman Ambassador.
Benoit, hailing originally from Boston, Massachusetts is currently a Political Science and International Studies student within his third year at Western Carolina University. As a student heavily intertwined with his community, he is a second year Residential
Assistant, a second year Student Government Senator, and the recipient of the Gaither M. Keener Political Science Scholarship. This year, wanting to do even more for the WCU Community, he sought out more service opportunities. He now represents Western Carolina
University at the state level through his position with the UNC Association of Student Governments, where he serves as the Associate VP of Campus Outreach. He has also since joined the Student Democracy Coalition and received the honor of being an Andrew Goodman
Foundation Ambassador in pursuit to acquire knowledge of civic engagement to a much greater extent. Through his positions as an RA, SGA, and UNC ASG, He has dedicated his time to advocating for improving student life both here and at the state level. David
would like to thank both the Andrew Goodman Foundation and Western Carolina for this amazing learning experience.
Dr. Glaude is an assistant professor of Science Education in the Division of Education and Counseling. He teaches and advises undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level students. Dr. Glaude’s current involvement is with the Algebra Project; a partnership between Virginia State, Dillard University, and Lincoln University. The Algebra Project is “a national mathematics literacy effort aimed at helping low-income students and students of color successfully achieve mathematical skills that are a prerequisite for a college preparatory mathematics sequence in high school.” Dr. Glaude has previously served as Director of Xavier University’s Summer Science Academy (MathStar, BioStar, ChemStar, and SOAR). The Academy introduced potential STEM majors to the rigors of problem solving, scientific reasoning, and critical thinking. He is a trained site visitor for CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and is also faculty advisor for several student organizations on campus. Dr. Glaude’s research focuses on STEM education and its impact on careers for African American Males and students of color.
Jaleel Ross is a 20 year-old Political Science major from Lafayette, Louisiana. As an advocate for social justice both on his campus and in his community, Jaleel has served as the Vice President of his university's chapter of The College Democrats. While holding this position, Jaleel was able to engage, educate, and mobilize student voters in elections both on and off campus. Additionally, Jaleel has also been a part of various organizations geared toward service, leadership, and social justice on his campus.
Tia Alexander is a junior at Xavier University of Louisiana pursuing a Political Science Pre-Law major with a minor in Philosophy. A native New Orleanian, she enjoys attending college in her city and remaining close to its culture and her family. In her free time, Tia enjoys running her Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta as its President, participating in AGF voter engagement efforts with her peers, and volunteering with CourtWatch NOLA. In the future, she hopes to attend law school.