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.
My name is Daijha Hilliard from Birmingham, AL. I am currently a senior at Alabama A&M University where I
am majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Political Science. I am very active on and off campus. I
currently serve as the Executive Vice President for the Student Government Association for Alabama A&M
University, Executive Treasure for the AAMU Student Ambassadors as well as being a part of numerous other
organizations on campus. I also volunteer in the community, helping food pantries in the Huntsville, AL area as
well as helping with the Red Cross. With my minor being Political Science and having plans to go to law school
after graduation, I am ecstatic to be a New Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation!
My name is Torrance Sellers from Hampton, GA. I am a Junior Computer Science Major with a concentration in Cyber Security at Alabama A&M University. I serve as the Senator of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences for AAMU Student Government Association, Chief of Operations for the University’s Honors Program, Student Ambassador for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, as well as membership in many other campus organizations. I volunteer with numerous organizations such as group homes, food pantries, St. Jude, etc. With elections happening on the city, state, and federal level there is always a reason to get people signed up and out to these polls and I am happy to serve as an Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation to inform and increase voter registration and votes in my area.
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.
Alberto Reyes-Olivas is the Executive Director of the Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Policy at Arizona State University. Alberto received his B.A. from Arizona State University and his M. Ed. from Northern Arizona University.
Victoria is a student at Arizona State University, where she attends the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications along with Barrett, the Honors College. She is double majoring in Journalism and Political Science, with a minor in French. Her involvement ranges from hosting her own Spanish show on Blaze Radio to representing the freshmen of her college through the Walter Cronkite College Council. Her interests lie in community service, international relations, politics, and communications. She is incredibly excited to work with the Andrew Goodman Foundation in encouraging civic engagement among her peers.
Alexa Rodriguez is a sophomore studying political science and Spanish at Barrett, the Honors College at
Arizona State University. Her interest in civic engagement began before she can remember; her earliest vivid
memory of actively promoting civic engagement in others was in grade school when she circulated petitions for
a classroom cause. Since then, she has registered voters, engaged in dialogues, and sustained an interest in
informing individuals about important topics such as government, voting rights, and current events. The Andrew
Goodman Foundation is the perfect organization through which she will continue to turn her energy into impact.
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.
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.
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.
In her role as a Coordinator with the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL), Laura coordinates service related programs as well as manage CCEL office operations. Examples of some of her responsibilities include the CCEL van program, blood drives, Community Service Fairs and the Newsletter. Prior to joining CCEL at Case Western Reserve University in November 2015, Laura worked in politics and nonprofits. She has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, College Students Affairs from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Political Science and Economics from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!).
Elizabeth Banks is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) at Case Western Reserve University. CCEL links the campus to the Cleveland community by providing and supporting opportunities for community service and action that promote awareness, learning, and leadership development. In addition to co-curricular programs, Elizabeth supports faculty with academic service-learning, teaches a capstone course that includes a week of service on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and serves as a faculty advisor for independent capstones that have a community-based component.
Before joining CWRU, Elizabeth worked in the nonprofit sector, teaching environmental education and volunteer trail-building programs in Michigan, Nevada, Everglades and Yellowstone National Parks. She also worked in biodiversity conservation and volunteer management with The Nature Conservancy in Maine, California, and Kentucky. She received her BA from Bowdoin College, Maine and MS from Miami University, Ohio.
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.
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.
Carlos Chediek is a student at CUNY Queens College. He majors in Political Science and has a minor in Business. As a student at Queens College, Carlos has managed the registration of over 3,000 students to vote in New York City.
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.
Kourtney Birks, originally from Fort Worth, TX, is a Criminal Justice major at Dillard University. Post
graduation she plans to attend law school and focus on community relations.
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.
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 for Curricular Programs 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.
Haley is a freshman at East Carolina University. She intends to major in Political Science and Economics. Haley has had a passion for politics and educating citizens on their rights and their importance in society since she was young. She gained her experience in these fields early on through research and job opportunities. Haley is excited to participate in this level of engagement not only on her campus, but in her community as well.
Bob Frigo is the Associate Director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at Elon University.
Thomas Armooh, from Gaithersburg, Maryland, is majoring in political science with a minor in American Studies at Elon University. He is the LINCS coordinator for Alamance County Public Libraries and the secretary for Elon African Society. He is very excited to join The Andrew Goodman Foundation and hopes to continue to promote civic engagement among all college students.
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.
Melissa is a junior at Fairleigh Dickenson Universion, majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Social Justice Advocacy. Her main goal is to serve her country and community, help people, and make a difference in someone's life. Aside from the AGF, Melissa works in the Student Union Building on campus as the Supervisor of the Information Desk. She is also an orientation leader for the Dean of Student's Office during summer break. She loves being around people and helping others. In her free time, Melissa enjoys kickboxing, nature, and listening to music.
As Student Engagement and Logistics Manager at the Institute, Jennifer brings experience working in logistics and operations in film, television, and politics. She loves making sure the smallest details are taken care of in order to ensure success and is ready to spring into action when they don’t. As a first-generation college graduate of Marquette University, she is excited to be engaging with students on a Jesuit campus to support Georgetown students along their journey on the Hilltop through student programming at the Institute.
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.
Noah Ramsey is a sophomore in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics. Coming from Louisville, Kentucky, he works extensively with Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, serving as the chair of their Civic Engagement Committee. He is passionate about voter registration and combatting voter suppression because he believes that democracy can only function when all voices are heard.
Lovell Lemons leads Civic Engagement in engaging students in service to the greater Atlanta community. Prior to assuming the duties of director, Lovell was the assistant director of Cooperative Education and an employment counselor in Career Services at the university. Lovell received both his B.S. in education and his masters of education in guidance and counseling from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He currently serves on The Wesley Foundation Board and the advisory board of Project Healthy Grandparents.
Lovell is past president of the Council of Volunteer Administrators of Metro Atlanta. In 2002, he was appointed to the Georgia Commission on Service and Volunteerism as a commissioner by then Governor Roy Barnes. He serves as an adviser to the following student service organizations: Big Brother Big Sister, Circle K International, Global Peace Youth Corps, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Club, The Andrew Goodman Foundation and Redeemed Gospel Choir.
Lovell believes in practicing what he preaches, so he invites you to join him and other Georgia State students as they reach out to the greater Atlanta community.
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.
My name is Alana Burrell. I am now 19 years old and a computer engineering student at Georgia State University's Perimeter College. When I graduated from high school I wasn't sure of what I wanted to do. Business or Law? Engineering or Biology? I've always wanted to change the world but I haven't always known how I would do that. I know that I can still do this with computer engineering but while that degree is in the works I can help change the world, be an influence in my community, and support a cause close to my heart through my position with the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
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.
Annah Hackett is the Campus Engagement and Instruction Librarian at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA. She spends most of her time working with students (particularly first year students) on information literacy skills and planning outreach events for the library. Before coming to Grand View in 2016, she was a Resident Librarian at the University of Idaho, where she was also the head of the Idaho Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. Hackett received her Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s iSchool in 2015. She is a frequent collaborator and volunteer with the ACLU of Iowa on intellectual freedom issues. When she is not working, she spends most of her time cooking or baking and then cleaning up the mess these activities tend to create.
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.
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.
Zoë is a senior studying Political Communications at Louisiana State University with a minor in Political Science. Zoë serves as a Governor's Fellow in Louisiana Government and works in the Governor of Louisiana's communication office. She previously served as LSU Student Government’s Director of Communications. Zoë first got a taste for civic engagement in November 2016, when she worked as a student journalist for Electionland, ProPublica’s election day watchdog coalition. It was through Electionland that Zoë realized how many eligible voters don’t have full access to the polls. Zoë hopes that through the Andrew Goodman Foundation, she can continue to make an impact on the voting rights of members of her community.
I'm a junior studying political communication at LSU with minors in French and political science. I'm in Delta Gamma, serve on the Greek Board of Directors' PR committee, and was just elected DG's Director of Social Awareness. I currently serve in student government as the Manship School of Mass Communication's College Council VP. I'm an LSU Ambassador and have been
inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha and Rho Lambda honor societies. I work for a political strategist group, and volunteer on local political campaigns as well as at Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and at programs assisting people with special needs.
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.
Weston Gale is currently a Freshman at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. He is studying Social Work with an emphasis in Spanish and Arabic. Weston became a part of The Andrew Goodman Foundation because he appreciates the importance of each civilian's duty to vote for the right people and how important it is to be engaged in the community so that there can be positive leadership both in our local communities and the country as a whole. Additionally, he is very compassionate about making a difference in society in any way that he can.
Cristy A. Calderón-Coto joined Miami Dade College in 2013 as the first Coordinator for the Brazilian STEM Grant - “Science Without Borders.” She holds a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Caribbean Studies from Florida State University. Currently, Cristy is a doctoral candidate from the University of Delaware School of Education and Human Development. Her passion for service stems from her undergraduate years in college. She attributes her success, retention and completion of a college degree to the service and service learning opportunities she was provided as a student. As a professional, Cristy has worked in Admissions, Advisement, Leadership and Service, International Grant Programs and more. One of Cristy’s greatest accomplishments was opening an alternative spring break site in her parents native country, Costa Rica. One of her favorite quotes is by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
My name is Rachel De Armas and I am a first-year student at the Honors College at Miami Dade College. I am interested in all fields of math and science, which is why I’m majoring in Chemistry. Some of my hobbies and passions include dancing, exercising, and traveling. I hope to travel the world and learn new things while doing so.
Raised in Miami, Jonathan is a proud first-generation U.S. citizen. He served in the in the U.S. Army and deployed to Afghanistan where he focused on humanitarian aid and civil stability. He holds an A.A. from Miami Dade College, a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Florida International University, and is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He has worked for elected officials such as a Florida State Representative and a county judge. His dedication to public service has led him to serve in Teach for America, AmeriCorps Vista, and Public Allies Miami. He has also been involved with multiple local organizations such as Mission Continues Miami, HandsOn Miami, JCI Miami, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, and the Miami Community Leadership Council. Jonathan strongly believes that we all have the power to make change. He wants to one day run for office and empower communities to collectively use their power to make the change they wish to see in the world.
Nazario Saint Louis was born on the island nation of Haiti. He immigrated to the U.S. a few years ago and is currently studying International Relations with concentrations in Latin American, Caribbean and African studies at Miami-Dade Honors College. He is fluent in three different languages: English, French, Haitian-Creole and is currently in the process of learning Spanish. Nazario recently completed his freshman year and has studied global citizenship in Austria, sits on the Campus Vote Project student advisory board, was Sustainability Festival director and an intern with the international non-profit, Oceana. On campus, Nazario is the parliamentarian of Student Government Association (SGA) and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL). Nazario is also involved as an intern with Solar Household Energy (SHE), a non-governmental association that works in parts of the Caribbean and Africa. A civic leader with a passion for international relations and the self-discipline to accomplish his goals, Nazario plans to work in the fields of International Development with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where he plans on fostering new initiatives for better advancements of developing nations.
Tamica Ramos has served as a Campus Director for the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy since 2005. Previously, she worked as the Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs at Barry University. Tamica is originally from Providence, R.I., where she worked as the Assistant Executive Director of Youth In Action, a nonprofit organization that develops at-risk youth into community leaders. In 2000, Tamica earned her BA from Brown University where she studied African American Studies and Development Studies.
Rebecca Diaz is a Cuban-American student at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Honors College. She is the upcoming 2018-2019 Secretary for Student Government Association and Campus Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation's Vote Everywhere program. When she isn’t writing a new poem or practicing another speech, she spends time learning coding and baking. She is currently working on advocating for immigrant rights through a non-profit.
Fiorenza Herrera is a sophomore at Miami Dade College majoring in Economics. Ms. Herrera is a human rights advocate passionate about racial, social, and economic equality. She believes in alleviating poverty through educational equality. She is a mentor and academic tutor to elementary school students through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Ms. Herrera is also working on a Changemaking Initiative across Miami Dade College to enhance student engagement by informing students of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals and connecting them to actions they can take in the community to create positive change. Lastly, she serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Financial Literacy Club and YES! For Environmental Sustainability Club. In 2019, Ms. Herrera will graduate and hopes to transfer to Georgetown University to major in International Economics at The Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Christie Zwahlen is the director of the Office of Community Engagement and Service at Miami University. Previously, she was Acting Director at Binghamton University’s Center for Civic Engagement, where she spent 5+ years developing and expanding community engagement opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Zwahlen has worked closely with faculty from all disciplines but is especially interested in Arts, Humanities, and design projects with a public focus. She started her career in Civic Engagement by serving two years as a Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA in Pennsylvania and New York.
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.
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.
Sarah Mudd serves as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at Midway University. She started at Midway after 10 years in student affairs at two other universities. She is responsible for the oversight of the Office of Student Affairs which includes Residence Life, New Student Orientation, Student Involvement, Multicultural Programming, the Health Center, and Campus Ministries. Sarah wears many hats but is passionate about Midway students being ambassadors for making the world a better place and believes civic and democratic engagement are essential in this! Sarah earned her B.A. in Religion & B.S. in Psychology from Belmont University, her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University and is presently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Policy from the University of Kentucky.
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, a M.A. in Counseling Services from Rider University and a B.S. in Diplomacy & International Relations from Seton Hall University.
Joseph is a sophomore at Montclair State University, expecting to graduate in May 2021 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in both Public Administration as well as Global Security and Diplomacy. He joined The Andrew Goodman Foundation because he feels as though voting is the foundation of democracy and one of the most important civic duties that citizens have. Joseph believes that being a leader is the best way to serve his community. Currently, his leadership roles on campus consist of being an Admissions Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Attorney General of the Student Government Association, and lastly, serves as a Panelist for the Student Conduct Panel. Joseph is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, a National Honor Society for First-Year Students and has made Dean’s List both semesters of his freshman year.
Arianna is a junior at Montclair State University, and will be graduating in May of 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations through the School of Communication and Media. Arianna is someone who thinks voting is incredibly important and is a huge part of being an active member of any community. Arianna has served as a legislator for the Student Government Association as well as being a general body member of SLAM (Student Life at Montclair), and is a general body member of MSU Players, which is MSU’s all student run theatre organization.
Carina Draper is a freshman at Pace University studying Communications. She is a former Democracy Coach with Generation Citizen and looks forward to making a community impact. Initially an actress, she has found her favorite shows to be those of empowerment and success from adversity, which sparked her interest in getting involved with helping her community. Carina has always believed in social equality and strives to make the world better for future generations. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, she hopes to not only educate her peers but also leave a lasting positive impact.
Hi! My name is Marla Teixeira and I'm a senior Peace and Justice Studies major at Pace University, with a double minor in Politics and Business. I was raised in Portugal but born in the USA, which means I have dual citizenship and speak both Portuguese and English fluently. I love traveling, theatre, learning about different cultures and learning new ways to implement democracy to its fullest extent. I hope to one day acquire the skills necessary to help people organize around issues they care about and to turn the political arena into a more inclusive and representative environment where the people's voice is actually heard.
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.
Mr. Waldman has 50 years of practice experience encompassing casework, supervision, management, policy development, governance and leadership positions in numerous public and private organizations at the local, state and national level. He has served as Commissioner of Human Services for three different New Jersey Governors, served as Director of the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services and Executive Director of the American Public Human Services Association located in Washington, DC. He currently chairs or serves as a member of the Board of several nonprofit human service organizations. His current additional interests include teaching and writing.
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.
Michael Taylor is an Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work student specializing in Management and Policy at Rutgers University. He obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Rutgers in 2018 while minoring in Psychology and Sociology. Michael is currently an intern with Princeton Human Services, where he works with community leaders and helps form coalitions to address a variety of social problems facing marginalized populations in Mercer County. Michael previously worked as an intern with Catholic Charities Therapeutic Visitation, where he supervised visits with DCP&P involved families and helped to foster positive interactions between parents and children. While pursuing his Bachelor's degree, Michael was part of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed professional service fraternity, through which he volunteered with a number of organizations within New Brunswick and surrounding areas. After receiving his Masters of Social Work, Michael hopes to work as an advocate for those with preexisting medical conditions.
Dominique Baker and is an Advanced Standing Student of Social Work specializing in Management and Policy. She is a recent graduate of Rutgers University-Newark, where she received her bachelor’s in social work and a minor in Psychology. She currently interns at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center where she works with patients who seek mental health evaluations and therapeutic support from the Behavioral Outpatient Department. Her previous internship was at JESPY House, where she co-facilitated therapeutic groups for young adults who live with mental and/or physical impairments. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she served as Vice-President of the Student Social Work Organization on the Rutgers Newark campus. Through this organization, she volunteered at surround Newark Public schools, planned educational events on campus, and spoke as representative for her classes. She was also a member of the Black Organization of Students where she helped the advancement of not only black students on campus but other minorities as well. After receiving her Master of Social Work, she hopes to work as an advocate for individuals with mental and physical impairments.
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.
Danielle is a recent graduate of Simpson College, where she served as The Andrew Goodman Foundation's Vote Everywhere Ambassador for one year.
Jailyn Seabrooks is a Culver Fellow from Alburnett, Iowa. She is planning on majoring in Political Science with a minor in religion. Besides the Culver Fellowship, she is involved in Speech & Debate, Student Government, the Theater Department, Simpson Feminists Club, and Model UN. She decided to pursue a career in politics after being involved in an organization, Iowa Student Learning Institute, that advocates for the involvement of students in educational leadership. She is excited about all the opportunities this ambassadorship offers.
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.
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.
Kristina Echols is a junior at Spelman College. Kristina is a Sociology major, minoring in Dance and Environmental Science. She recognized her love for event planning at an early age and has combined it with her love for service and civic engagement. She has planned several events across campus, Atlanta, Charlotte, and has even been able to reach back to her hometown of Chicago. The project that led Kristina to become a Vote Everywhere Ambassador was her bringing the Women's March 10 Actions in 100 Days to Spelman’s campus after seeing that few people were involved. Kristina believes that passion drives everything in her life. Her fire
will forever burn, as long as there are people to serve.
Skylar Mitchell is a Comparative Women's Studies major and Writing minor at Spelman College. A Washington D.C. Metropolitan area native, politics have been a constant in her life since childhood. During the 2008 Presidential election, Skylar volunteered with her county’s Board of Elections. She continued to volunteer during every following Congressional Election until becoming an election judge for the 2014 Gubernatorial race. At this same time, Skylar was developing her critical framework as an activist, focusing mainly on women’s rights and minority student achievement. She currently continues this work in Spelman’s Social Justice Fellows Program. Skylar is currently spending the Fall semester of her junior year in Paris, France where she is studying International Economics and Political Communication.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick is a senior from Horseheads, NY and is a biochemistry major in SUNY Geneseo’s honors program. At an early age, Patrick became interested in science and has carried this passion with him to college. He plans to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. so he can become a researcher. His research interests include viruses and gene therapy and he hopes to create treatments for various diseases over the course of his career. At SUNY Geneseo, Patrick has involved himself in sustainability efforts and is creating a program dedicated to increasing support for science by facilitating interactions between campus scientists and the local community. He is passionate about scientific issues in elections and is motivated to involve more scientists in the political process. In the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development Program (GOLD), Patrick is a Leader Mentor where he collaborates with other mentors and participants on projects related to leadership and many other issues, such as voter engagement. During the Fall 2016 semester, he assisted with voter registration events on campus
and he will continue to work with the Voter Registration and Engagement Task Force at SUNY Geneseo.
Leah is an English Literature major and College Honors minor from Wellsville, NY, who understands what it's like to come from a small town in the middle of who-knows-where. She aspires to expand her horizons and join the Peace Corps, hoping to travel the world while also fulfilling her passion to give aid to those who need it. She has an affinity for elderly people, volunteering at the Teresa House on weekends and interviewing community members for the Geneseo Memories Campaign to hear all about their life stories. She also volunteers at the soup kitchen and works to improve voter registration on campus and is a mentor of Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development.
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.
In 1995, Ellen joined the Student Health Service Staff as the first full time Substance Abuse Counselor at Stony Brook University. After fifteen years, she moved to the Dean of Students suite in 2011 and now in addition to her alcohol and other drug education and outreach, she advocates for and advises students in a variety of capacities, organizes campus-wide events and supervises student staff. Ellen can often be found in the crowd of many athletic contests cheering on the Seawolves. When asked what she likes most about her job, she talks about times spent with students - if it is training the new Red Watch Band Members, assisting a student with a personal struggle, working special events with peer educators or just chatting with students on campus to catch up on what's new. Too many great moments to count, yet a truly special time shared with students was when Ellen accompanied 50 students from the Alternative Spring Break Organization (ASBO) to Galveston, Texas to assist in community clean up after Hurricane Ike destroyed much of the town. Life at SBU is fast moving and ever-changing, yet Ellen tries to slow it down, freeze time with her camera and find gratitude one day at a time.
Yark Beyan is a Sophomore at Stony Brook University studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Yark has always had a passion for helping those around her and has held several Student Government positions throughout her academic career. She hopes to pursue a career working for the United Nations Development Program. For now, Yark is excited to be an Ambassador for the Vote Everywhere program where she hopes to help promote civic engagement amongst her peers on campus.
Shaheer Khan is a Junior at Stony Brook University, double-majoring in Political Science and Health Science. A recent addition to the Andrew Goodman Foundation, Shaheer is driven by his passion of increasing dialogue within the campus and community-building at Stony Brook University. Along with being an intern for the Center for Civic Justice, Shaheer is also an Undergraduate College Fellow, served as a Trip Leader for Volunteers Around the World, and is a Senator for the Undergraduate Student Government. Shaheer Khan aims to serve the marginalized and underrepresented communities, not only in the United States, but globally. Shaheer has contributed passionately to several of the AGF’s weekly voter registration initiatives and as a facilitator of the Community Dialogues on Safety & Justice in America. Shaheer looks forward to honoring the legacy of Andrew Goodman and so many others who have dedicated their lives to advocate for civil justice and equality.
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.
Delaney Ray is a senior at Tennessee State University hailing all the way from Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is pursuing a major in political science and minors in education and nonprofit management. Delaney is known to be very social and outgoing as she is involved on campus through the Aristocrat of Bands, as well as her schools NAACP chapter and member of National Society of Leadership and Success. Delaney is well involved in her community as she donates and serves to the homeless as well as She also is very passionate about civil and human rights. She has worked on various campaigns as well as, been involved with campus engagement with politics. Delaney believes the younger generation is the face of change. She is honored to serve as an Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
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.
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).
Stephen is pursing an interdisciplinary degree in Business, Psychology, and Social Justice. He is a member of the University Fellows Experience at the University of Alabama’s Honors College and studies systemic poverty, privilege, and servant leadership through the program. He is from Houston, Texas, and became a Vote Everywhere Ambassador his freshman year. Through Vote Everywhere, he has been able to register thousands of people and simplified the absentee ballot process for out-of-state students. After graduating, Stephen hopes to join Teach For America.
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.
Norris Davis, a freshman at the University of Alabama, has lived across various locales in the Deep South and consequently has found his passion in the study of intersectionality and its various effects on voter participation and apathy in politics amongst various disenfranchised groups. Particularly, his coursework in his majors of psychology and political science have led him to serve and study within not only his campus community, but within the Black Belt region of Alabama as well. Norris has worked in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, and plans to continue his study of public policy and the law in conjunction with projects to increase voter registration amongst young adults and ex-felons, with the ultimate goal of working in policymaking in order to increase responsiveness to and representation of minority concerns and issues in Washington.
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.
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.
Karlie Galarza is a sophomore in the Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas. She is a Political Science major, with a double minor in Spanish and Interdisciplinary Studies and currently serves as Secretary of the Honors Council. After graduation, she plans to go to law school or enlist in the Air Force.
Corban is a junior at the University of Central Arkansas where he is pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. He has always had a strong interest in politics as he has seen the positive change it can make in our country. The opportunities he has had to serve as student council president in high school and intern for a congressman in DC this past summer have only increased his passion to become more politically involved, well-beyond the UCA campus. He is honored to be selected as an ambassador for the Vote Everywhere program on his campus and looks forward to continuing Andrew Goodman's cause.
Prior to joining the IOP staff, Crystal served as the Senior Manager of Corporate and External Partnerships at the Chicago Housing Authority where she worked with partners to provide resources for CHA residents through special events and programs. Crystal also spent time as the Assistant Director at the University Community Service Center at the University of Chicago, focusing on connecting students to the communities surrounding the University through days of service, volunteerism, community partnerships and advising students interested in community service. Much of Crystal's work has focused on engaging young people through mentorship, professional development and education. Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri - Columbia and her Masters Degree from the University of Chicago Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.
I am a second-year student pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science. I am the Project Manager for the Citizen Bulletin newsletter at the University of Chicago's Democracy Initiative which is a weekly publication detailing the actions (or inactions) of our representatives from city alderman all the way to the President of the United States. Also, on campus, I volunteer as an Events Ambassador at the Institute of Politics and play on the men’s Ultimate team. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, exploring Chicago, and playing sports.
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.
Kevin Baron holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Florida, focusing on American Institutions and Politics. He holds a master’s degree in political science from UF and in public administration from Sonoma State University, where he also received a bachelor’s degree in political science. Kevin's current research focuses on power struggles within Congress and between Congress and the president during the long-term legislative process, and how that process leads toward institutional reform.
Understanding the connections between government, politics, and individuals is why Kevin is the Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Bob Graham Center. Civics education and preparing students for their role as a citizen means understanding the symbiotic relationship between government and society. Most important, how we as individuals have the ability to influence positive change within our local communities and nationally. Being an informed and engaged citizen is at the heart of the US Constitution and necessary for a democratic republic to thrive. Kevin oversees various student programs, including the Graham Center Civic Scholars and the Healthy 3C Grant Initiative, teaching the Center's "Rethinking Citizenship" course, as well as advising several student organizations. From 2011 to 2015, Kevin was the Graham Center's graduate assistant where he worked on a variety of programs in the office.
Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Kevin was the director of government affairs for an independent small business advocacy organization focused on policy reform and oversight of federal contracting and procurement programs.
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.
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.
Jaime Roy is a Political Science major and genderqueer student at the University of Florida. When not working or studying, Jaime spends much of their time learning German and Spanish or reading anything under the sun. Before transferring to the University of Florida, Jaime served as an academic senator in student government at Santa Fe College and continues to work with colleagues at Santa Fe College to create resources for LGBTQ students there. They are excited to become involved in the UF community and hopes that as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, they can bolster students’ enthusiasm about state and local politics as well as raising political efficacy at UF overall.
Kathy Meyer is a Coordinator of Student Leadership for the Office of Student Involvement at the University of Louisville. She coordinates leadership and service opportunities for students and serves as advisor to the Engage, Lead, Serve Board, Freshmen LEAD, and Task Force Freshmen programs.
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.
Madison McKenzie is getting her Masters in Economics and Graduate Certificate in Data Science from the University of Michigan. After completing her undergraduate studies in Economics and Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015, she moved to Chicago to work in fundraising and political finance before furthering her education. Democratic engagement is something that Madison has always been passionate about, and she is excited to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to make sure every student at UM and across the country has their voice heard.
Camron Razdar is in his third year at the University of Michigan, where he is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Computer Science. Cam is extensively involved in political engagement on campus, serving as the Outreach Director for the Roosevelt Institute at the University of Michigan and as an Executive Board Member for the College Democrats at the University of Michigan. He also spends his time mentoring student leaders as a Peer Facilitator for the Barger Leadership Institute. In his future, Camron wants to bridge the gap between rapidly emerging technology and good policy solutions.
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.
A'Mya Jones is a recent graduate of the Mississippi School of the Arts, where she emphasized in Theatre. There she served as vice president of the student body here 11th grade year and student body president her senior year. She served as a member of the Beta Club, the National Society of High School Scholars, and even recieved the amazing opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She is a now sophomore at the University of Mississippi, she is pursuing both a B.A. in Theatre Arts degree and also a degree in Liberal Studies, emphasizing in English, Spanish, and African American Studies. At Ole Miss, A'Mya is a full-time student, front desk receptionist at the university's museum, an usher at most of the university's athletic events, and an Supplemental Instructor for the Psychology department on campus. However, when she does get a moment, or two, to herself, she enjoys singing, dancing, acting, drawing, writing poetry, and anything else creative she can come up with. She is currently promoting a book project she co-authored entitled" Grown and Gone", a survival guide for college students. Upon graduation, Ms. Jones dreams to attend Harvard University and pursue a career in either Civil Rights or Entertainment Law.
Mya Woods is a sophomore Biology (Pre-Med) major from Meridian, MS. Mya is a proud member of ASB, NAACP, BSU, University of Mississippi Gospel Choir, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. She also serves the University as an Orientation Leader and is also a Community Assistant in Pittman Hall. In her spare time, she enjoys tutoring, spending time with friends and family, singing, researching in the lab, telling jokes, and reading. She also enjoys volunteering in the Lafayette, Oxford, and University community and her community back home. Upon graduation, Mya plans to attend medical school at either Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, or Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
Dawn advises the Vice President on the design and implementation of strategic initiatives related to all levels of government and key stakeholders. As Director, she leads communications and public affairs collaborations across the University, especially as related to public policy and advocacy strategies. She also supervises OGCA's budget and administrative operations.
Dawn earned her Bachelor's degree in English and minor certificate in Women's Studies at West Virginia University.
Nikki is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania where she majors in History and Political Science and minors in Urban Education. Her interest in politics was influenced by her AP Government and Politics teacher who emphasized making politics more personal for everyone. After researching voter behaviors in the 2016 election, Nikki found herself more determined than ever to promote civil discourse and civic engagement in the Penn community. She is excited to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to engage with and educate her peers this upcoming semester.
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.
Amaya is a sophomore at the University of San Francisco where she is studying political science. She hopes to one day work for a nonprofit organization or the education department so that she can work on reforming the public education system and unequal funding practices at a state level. She is originally from Tacoma, Washington where she volunteered for a nonprofit writing center whose focus was to provide educational enrichment and opportunities to students in under-resourced public elementary and middle schools. Amaya also served as a senator on the ASUSF Senate and is a part of USF's Title IX Task Force.
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.
Demora Rei Haywood, a resident of South Carolina, is a rising junior at the University of South Carolina - Upstate, where she is a History major. Rei is an aspiring Sociocultural Anthropologist.
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.
Jade Harrison is a finance major at the University of Utah and is entering her senior year. She has a newfound interest for political processes after interning for the Utah State Treasurer in the 2018 General Legislative Session. It is exciting for her to be a part of the Andrew Goodman Foundation as an ambassador for the opportunity it provides to become more civically engaged and to give others a voice. She is very excited to exercise her abilities for the betterment of those around her and is inspired to become even more involved in the community going forward.
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.
Megan Miller is the Assistant Director of Civic Engagement and Communications at the Morgridge Center for Public Service on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. Megan directs Morgridge Center’s co-curricular programs and events including Public Service Fairs, Be the Change Bash, Outreach, Peer Advising and Walk the Walk. She also oversees communications and voter engagement efforts. Megan became involved with the Morgridge Center as a student and later served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Center, supporting local youth through the Urban League and Badger Volunteers. She received her B.S. in Community and Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Wisconsin and has worked at the Morgridge Center for over eight years.
Brian Canup is from Los Angeles, California and is currently studying Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has always shown passion in the field of public service and being on Wisconsin’s campus during the 2016 election cycle only furthered his interest. Brian believes voting and active participation is how to make our society a better place for all, and breaking down voting barriers is one of the biggest challenges in our current political climate. He truly feels that with hard work, we can have a democracy that represents everyone fairly and equally.
Fiona Montie is studying Community & Environmental Sociology and Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is especially passionate about social equity, community health, and the importance of voting rights to these issues. From her experience campaigning for the 2016 election and involvement with social justice-related student groups on campus, Fiona recognizes the need for civic engagement of all people—especially students—to ensure a democracy functions optimally.
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.
My name is Anthony Jones and I am currently a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University. I am double majoring in Sociology and International Social Justice, and am minoring in Spanish. Basically, I really like learning about people and if I can learn about them all around the world, then all the better! Outside of AGF, I am a fraternity man of Lambda Chi Alpha, and I am very involved in variety of different community service organizations on-campus and in the Richmond community. Some of the organizations I am a part of or lead, just in-case we can bond over them, are Circle K International, Students Helping Honduras, and I am a weekly volunteer at a local elementary school. To me, volunteering is the best way to find that common denominator of being human, because nothing strengthens a connection more than helping others.
Camilla Harris is majoring in international studies with a concentration in social justice in the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She is also minoring in Spanish and business with honors and is pursuing a certificate in international management studies. She is excited about serving as a Vote Everywhere ambassador to VCU students and to the Richmond community at large.
Hannah is studying political science at Western Carolina 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.
As a political science major at Western Carolina University, I greatly enjoy participating in the political process in whatever capacity I am able. I have experience with several different facets of politics, such as an internship with a presidential campaign during the 2016 primary and then moving on to be involved with a national party committee for a few months before the general election in November, 2016. Additionally, I worked with the Jackson County Board of Elections at WCU’s on campus early voting site. Each of these positions helped to refine my interpersonal skills and expand my understanding of how politics works and how things can be changed politically.