Vote Everywhere Campus Teams
Our nationwide network of students and higher education administrators advocates for voting rights on campus through voter registration drives, voter education events, and GOTV activities.
Our nationwide network of students and higher education administrators advocates for voting rights on campus through voter registration drives, voter education events, and GOTV activities.
Monica Clarke is the Freshman Academy Service Learning Coordinator and an adjunct English faculty member.
My name is Kiarra Johnson, and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I am currently a junior at Alabama A&M University where I am majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communications Media. I serve my campus community as a Student Activity Assistant, working with the Student Government Association. I serve as the 2018-2019 Royal Court Assistant, was nominated Miss Phi Beta Lambda 2018-2019 for my organization Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity Inc., and am part of numerous other clubs and organizations on campus. I’m also part of the Peer-To-Peer mentoring program, helping students to strive for excellence. I have a strong passion for helping others excel and achieve their goals! After graduation I plan on going back to school to work towards a MS/JD Program. I’m so excited to be an Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Andrew Bloeser is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Before coming to Allegheny College, Andrew completed his B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. His research and teaching interests lie primarily in political behavior, participation, and mobilization.
Candaisy Crawford is a member of the class of 2019 at Allegheny College majoring in Psychology with a minor in Global Health Studies.
Hi! My name is Sammy and I am a sophomore at Allegheny College, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Computer Science! I am from New York City, so coming to college in Meadville, Pennsylvania was definitely a cultural shock for me. Back at home I enjoyed crocheting, coding, and exploring the city with my friends. Once I came to Allegheny, my interests shifted, and I got involved with the Association for the Advancement of Black Culture as well as different dancing groups on campus. My academic interest changed once I took my first International Studies class which was around the time I joined The Andrew Goodman Foundation! In the future I would like to work at the UN and make migration easier and safer around the world.
Mia is a member of the class of 2021 at Allegheny College studying history, political science, economics, and Latin American studies.
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.
Samantha is a member of the class of 2019 and the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. She is studying Justice Studies.
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.
Kathy is currently a sophomore at Bard College where she is studying Global and International Studies. She began interning with the Vote Everywhere team at Bard in February of 2018 and officially became an Ambassador in September 2018. Besides her work with AGF, Kathy works at Bard's Center for Civic Engagement. Kathy is so grateful to be working with AGF and is looking forward to making a positive change on Bard's campus.
Tobias Hess is a current Bard Freshman studying Music and Written Arts. He became an Andrew Goodman Foundation ambassador in 2019. Tobias became politically involved in high school working on social justice issues while co-running his school's gender equity club. He looks forward to further engaging the Bard community with the issues that effect young people's futures.
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.
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.
Sierra is a member of the class of 2019 at Case Western Reserve University and is studying history and sociology.
Chloe Mieras is a sophomore student at Case Western Reserve University majoring in Political Science and Religious Studies with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She is incredibly involved in the political sphere, having interned in Senator’s offices as well as worked the campaign trail; she hopes to run for office one day herself. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and sorority sisters: she is a Kappa Alpha Theta. She hopes to spread voter information on her campus and get more people registered and using their voices to make changes in their government locally and federally.
I’m a rising sophomore at Case Western Reserve University, studying Computer Science and Political Science. I was born and raised in the Bronx and in my free time I can usually be found baking or reading a new book. I’m looking forward to working with the Vote Everywhere team this year!
As Associate Director of Community Service-Learning and Partnership Amy has dedicated herself to purposeful work that produces lasting impact. Amy's programs encompass student-centered programs such as the Public Service Scholars, to faculty engaged scholarship via action research in teaching and practice, to delivering collective empowerment initiatives for improved community health and wellbeing. Most recently she launched the Patient Care Advocacy Team (PCAT) program in collaboration with Cayuga Medical Center and Cornell Career Services to expose students interested in the field of medicine to a direct service partnership with Cayuga Medical Center for what Amy refers to as a process of instilling and building a "culture of care” into healthcare for future practitioners.
Keelin is a junior studying Environmental and Sustainability Sciences and Development Sociology with a minor in Social Inequality in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Besides being an Ambassador, she is an environmental policy analyst in the Roosevelt Institute, a member of Epsilon Eta, and a member of the Cornell Wind Ensemble. Keelin is passionate about youth civic engagement, and is looking forward to a year filled with civic engagement and get out the vote efforts across Cornell’s campus.
My name is Michael and I am a junior at Cornell studying mathematics with an interest in studying government/economics as well. At Cornell I have worked as a member of the Community Voices Digital Storytelling Project that connects students with local Ithaca/Tompkins County residents that are immigrants, refugees, and/or political asylees to create short videos detailing a particular story each person wants to tell. The project has been the number one way for me to connect with the local area and hopefully help make a difference in people's lives, as well as in my own! I am also part of Cornell University Hip Hop Heads, APO National Service Fraternity, and Cornell Organization for Labor Action.
My interest in voting doesn't really have one particular genesis but rather stems from the belief that we'd ought to open up the vote so that everyone it will affect can use their voice. Many forms of explicit and implicit voter suppression have been used since this country's inception in order to silence certain voices and we should all be taking the steps to fight such injustices. Both the legacy of the Andrew Goodman Foundation and the legacies of Goodman himself, Chaney, and Schwerner in standing up for voter's rights make me incredibly proud and honored to have the opportunity to work with AGF towards achieving the same goals.
Jenna is a sophomore at Cornell University where she is studying Government and English. She hopes to one day work in a field where she can advocate for the rights of the under-served and promote equality. Her interest in helping people directly spurs from her experience volunteering in Bolivia, where she led workshops to develop reintegration skills for imprisoned youths. From this experience, Jenna learned that affecting change can start in small communities as well as from changing national policies. When not engaging in political activism, Jenna enjoys reading books and taking walks in Cornell’s Botanic Gardens.
Emanuel Avila is the Associate Director of Judicial Affairs and Service Learning for Queens College, part of the City University of New York. In his role, he is responsible for monitoring the code of conduct, academic integrity policy, and any other matters related to conduct. He also serves as the Voter Registration Coordinator, crisis response administrator, and supports the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. He has been the Campus Champion for Queens College's Vote Everywhere team since 2014.
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.
Ethan Jenkins is an ambitious and hard working individual. He moved from rural Ohio to New
York City to pursue his dreams on becoming a political leader and helping others. Ethan is
entering his junior year and currently has a 3.985 GPA. Additionally, he is the vice president of
the Golden Key International Honour Society, a member of the Academic Senate, and a Resident
Assistant at The Summit. Ethan hopes to continue his transition to New York by gaining new
volunteer, academic, and professional experiences, as well as becoming a campus leader at
Queens College. Ethan aspires to have a long political career help people locally in New York
City and all across the country.
Dr. Nia Woods Haydel is the Director of the Academic Center for Excellence, the Thompson/Cook Honors Program and Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy at Dillard University. Dr. Haydel has been a higher education professional for over 18 years working in Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs and Intercultural Relations. In her current role, she oversees the University’s retention initiatives, as well as academic advising, progression and academic enrichment initiatives and service learning for first-year students, and coordinates initiatives for Honors students. Additionally, she is responsible for assessment initiatives within the first-year experience. Her research interests are in the areas of social justice specifically focusing on power and privilege, and the responsibility of higher education to educate the community on social injustice (higher education as a public good). She earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of New Orleans, M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A &M University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University. She resides in New Orleans, LA with husband and their 3 children.
Jamya Robinson is a second-year student at Dillard University. In addition to being a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, she is also the co-founder of Students of Color Against Gender Violence, a member of the university's Mock Trial Team, and a Thompson/Cook Honors Scholar.
Jermany Gray, originally from Jackson, MS, is a Political Science major and a Criminal Justice minor at Dillard University. At Dillard University, Jermany strives to promote equality, inclusion, intellectual discourse, and civil engagement. Post graduation, Jermany plans to attend law school with the hopes of becoming a Public Defender.
Alex Dennis is the Assistant Director for Curricular Programs in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at East Carolina University. He currently oversees leadership and civic engagement programs with curricular components at ECU, including Citizen U (student version of a citizens academy), the Williams Leadership Award Program, democratic and voter engagement efforts on campus, and the planning of our four national days of service. Prior to his time working in student affairs, Alex worked as an academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences at ECU and prior to that he worked as a high school social studies teacher. He received his MS in Counselor Education from East Carolina University and his BS in Social Science Education from Appalachian State University.
Tara Kermiet is the Associate Director in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at East Carolina University. She currently oversees leadership and civic engagement programs with curricular components at ECU, including a three-year leadership development experience, democratic engagement, and service-learning. Prior to her time at ECU, Tara served as the Assistant Director of University Commons & Student Involvement at the University of West Florida, a Residential Learning Coordinator at Virginia Tech, and as the Director of Student Activities and Service at LaGrange College. She received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and her B.A. in Communication from Virginia Tech.
Hunter is a senior at East Carolina University studying Economics and Political Science with a concentration in Campaigns and Elections. Hunter has been an active member of the ECU community since his freshman year, engaging in Get Out the Vote campaigns, as well as several other civic engagement causes. Besides his role as an Ambassador, he is a Newman Civic Fellow, a member of the Student Government Association, and the Honors College. Hunter is looking forward to a year of democratic engagement efforts and encouraging students to make their voices heard.
I am a Senior at East Carolina University, pursuing a double major in History and Secondary Education. I have always felt drawn to education, but I have an even stronger passion towards politics and political issues. I am excited to teach the young minds of my students the importance of fulfilling their civic duties as Americans. I am excited to be a part of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and gain leadership experience through this Ambassador position!
Bob Frigo is the Associate Director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at Elon University.
Elanor (Ellie) Snyder is from Vienna, VA. She is majoring in policy studies with minors in political science and women’s, gender, and sexualities studies. At Elon, Ellie is actively involved in the Political Engagement Working Group and the Liberal Arts Forum. She is very excited to be a part of the Andrew Goodman Foundation and to encourage civil discourse and civic engagement on Elon’s campus.
Andrea Sheetz is majoring in Sociology and Economics. In addition to Elon Votes, she is involved in the College Fellows program, Active Minds, Yoga Club, and works in the Kernodle Center and as an economics tutor. Andrea’s passion for civic engagement was fostered through her volunteer experiences which revealed the impact of an inequitable society, especially on young people. She is excited to empower the Elon community to become more civically engaged and open to civil discussion about important issues.
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.
Zayna is a junior at Georgetown University, majoring in Government and minoring in Arabic and Sociology. She helped GU Votes with communications work during the 2018 midterm election and she is excited to take on a larger role this year within the organization. Zayna is very excited to work with the Andrew Goodman Foundation and encourage civic engagement on campus.
Jacqueline is a senior within Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, studying International Politics with a concentration in International Security, and pursuing a certificate in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs. She has been a member of GU Votes since 2016, and is thrilled to now be Co-President of GU Votes, continuing to increase civic engagement and a voting culture on campus. Jacqueline is so grateful to be working with the Andrew Goodman Foundation and is excited to jump into her role as Campus Ambassador.
Ari Jones is an M.S. Candidate in Neuroscience at Georgia State University. Ari was active duty in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He currently serves in the Navy Reserves while he finishes his degree. He is involved in the NAACP on campus serving as the Graduate Advisor. He plans on attending medical school thereafter and then serving as a full-time Military Physician.
Evan is currently a student at Georgia State University where he majors in Public Policy with a focus in Governance and a minor in Cello Performance he is also pre law and is in the honors college. In high school, Evan was a student in his school IB program focusing and earning his certificate in Literature and History.
Evan started his work in government as an intern for the Cobb County District Attorney's Office the summer of 2015. In the summer of 2016, he interned for the Smyrna office of David Scott where he did constituent services. In Spring 2017 he interned under Jim Stokes at the Public Defender's Council and did public research. In the summer of 2017, Evan became a research fellow for the Department of Defense under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for readiness. He plans to return to the Pentagon to continue his legislative affairs research.
Evan serves as the 2017-2018 president of the Young Democrats of Georgia State University. He also works as a professional Cellist in the Atlanta area.
JP Peters is the Civic Engagement Advisor for the Civic Engagement Office at Georgia State University Perimeter College where he services five different campuses including our Clarkston Campus. The goal of the office is to connect each of our campuses to their communities and the Greater Metro Atlanta Area by providing and supporting opportunities for community service and action that promote awareness, learning, and leadership development. In addition to working with The Andrew Goodman Foundation, JP works with the three Food Pantries for Perimeter College, Panther Breakaway, and the MLK Day of Service to name a few.
Before his time at Georgia State University Perimeter College, JP worked two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the South Carolina Campus Compact at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Coastal Carolina University. While serving he focused around the universities alternative break program, student veteran services, food deserts and community garden development in the two communities. He earned his B.S.Ed. in Exercise Science and Kinesiology from Georgia Southwestern State University and M.Ed. in Higher Education from Columbia College (SC).
Patrick Day is an undergraduate student at Georgia State University Perimeter College, with a concentration in engineering. A lifelong believer in service to others, Patrick is a veteran of the US Army, served as Vice-President of Service for the Chi Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and organized voter registration drives as President of the Clarkston History and Politics Club. Additionally, he has helped plan brake light clinics in the Atlanta area with the Democratic Socialists of America, where anyone may drive up and have broken brake light bulbs replaced free of charge. He looks forward to putting this organizing experience to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Sofie is a sophomore at Georgia State Perimeter College who is pursuing environmental engineering. She is the vice-president of the History of Politics club, where students gather to discuss opinions surrounding current and past events. The lack of concern and action surrounding climate change propelled her into political activism. Sofie is excited to be working as an Ambassador with The Andrew Goodman Foundation and do her part to increase voter participation among young folks ahead of the 2020 election.
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.
Anna Determann is a senior at Grand View University, originally from Glidden, Iowa. This spring she will receive her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. During her time at Grand View, she has been involved in Psi Chi Honor Society as treasurer and a member of the AmeriCorps group, Iowa Campus Compact, where she served a year-long term. After working in Iowa’s State Capitol for five years, she has developed a strong interest in the political process and advocacy. Anna brought Vote Everywhere to Grand View her junior year after seeing a gap in the educational experiences available to students and has since become a point person on campus for all election issues. 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. After graduation, Anna hopes to continue her educational experience by obtaining her Master of Social Work in an Advanced Standing program.
Dr. Karen M. Kedrowski is Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and
Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota,
Twin Cities and the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Dr. Kedrowski’s research agenda focuses primarily
on women and politics and civic engagement. Prior to coming to Iowa State, she spent 24 years at
Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she served in many roles, including Dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences. Most gratifyingly, she led the University’s civic and voter engagement
My name is Jacob Schrader. I am from a small town called Sioux Center, Iowa. On campus I am involved in Student Government as a Senator, and the Iowa State Navigators, which is a Christian campus ministry. I firmly believe in the power of voting and am excited to be apart of an effort to help my peers participate in their government.
Hayat is a member of the Class of 2022 at Iowa State University studying Criminal Justice and Women's and Gender Studies.
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.
Shanna Yarush is a graduate student at Kutztown University studying counseling and a graduate assistant for the Kutztown University Office of Student Involvement.
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.
Claire Hadlock is a senior at Louisiana State University majoring in Political Communication with a minor in Business Administration. Claire is currently the media strategy intern for Louisiana State Department of Treasury, and she also manages several media campaigns for local Baton Rouge businesses. In her role as the Director of Media and Communication for Geaux Vote LSU during the 2018 midterm cycle, Claire successfully launched the @GeauxVoteLSU social media profiles used to encourage voter registration, promote events, and share the mission of The Andrew Goodman Foundation with LSU students. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador and President of Geaux Vote, Claire hopes to gain momentum with voter registration and mobilization efforts in her community leading up to Louisiana's 2019 Gubernatorial election in the fall and the 2020 Presidential primaries in the spring.
Grace is a senior at Louisiana State University majoring in Political Communication with a minor in English. She is currently a Governor’s Fellow, immersing herself in her state’s culture and politics. She served as the Event Coordinator for Geaux Vote LSU during the 2018 midterm cycle and is thrilled to be an Andrew Goodman Foundation Ambassador for the 2019-2020 school year. Grace is grateful to her mom for always dragging her to the polls as a young girl and drilling in her the importance of being an engaged member of her community. She is a firm believer that progress starts at the polls and is excited to show Louisiana how impactful young voices can be.
Duane Oakes’ passion for helping students achieve success is what sets him apart. Colleagues rave about his department, his staff calls their operation a well-oiled machine because of Duane, and students, past and present, know his kindness and generosity of spirit. His commitment to the ideals of service learning, community service, and scholarship are strong but no stronger than his dedication to instilling those ideals in the students he serves. In this, Duane never wavers: students come first.
Kim is a member of the class of 2020 at Mesa Community College where she studies social work.
I am a sophomore studying sustainability at Mesa Community College before transferring to ASU’s School of Sustainability. During my first two semesters I played viola in MCC’s Community Orchestra. In the summer of 2018 I went on my school’s Britain, France and Scotland study abroad trip. I visited London and Brighton in Britain, Edinburgh, Scotland and Paris, France while being based in Nottingham, Britain. While in Europe I went up the Eiffel Tower, to the Louvre, on the London Eye, swam in the English Channel, went to Disneyland Paris and an abundance of other life changing adventures. I plan on going on our study abroad trip to Costa Rica in summer of 2019. I was hoping to run a voter registration drive on campus and stumbled upon our Community and Civic Engagement department. Through this, I have started volunteering at community events and hope to plan my own events in the future. They also introduced me to the Andrew Goodman Foundation which I have since become an ambassador. I have worked with my legislative district’s Democratic Party to run a voter registration drive at a sister college of mine as well as canvass for an initiative on our current ballot to expand renewable energy in Arizona through a state constitution amendment. I hope to get more young people interested and involved in politics as we can enact great change for our futures. I aspire to work in the public sector post-university and run for office after gaining some experience further down the road.
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.
Dr. 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. Cristy also holds a doctorate of Higher Education 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."
Stephanie Trujillo is a Cuban-American freshman at the Miami Dade Honors College at the Kendall Campus. She is pursuing law school and is currently majoring in psychology. She is passionate about the arts and spends her free time painting or writing. Stephanie’s favorite place is on stage, she loves performing a monologue and making the audience truly tune in to the character’s emotions. As ambassador of AGF, Stephanie hopes to motivate voter participation in her community and empower the youth on her campus.
Alison Kasney received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a current candidate for a Master of Science in Education in the program of Community and Social Change at University of Miami. Alison has worked extensively with youth from early childhood to young adult in a variety of settings, and brings this experience combined with a passion for youth empowerment to Miami Dade College. Her most favorite experiences with young people have been through experiential education, specifically backpacking, snowboarding, and mountain biking with them through the Rocky Mountains. She believes through service-learning and civic engagement students' personal character and community networks can be strengthened to support their educational and career paths. Alison's personal commitment to MDC InterAmerican is to "inform herself to inform others" in order to provide actionable opportunities for change.
Hali Braynon is finishing up her first year at the Honors Program at Miami Dade College. She is majoring in Animal Science and is interested in going into a career working with animals. Hali is planning to transfer to a higher university to continue her studies as a Pre-Vet major. Upon graduating with her master's degree, she plans on going to Veterinary school to obtain her doctorate in Veterinary medicine. Hali is a certified Veterinary assistant and is currently volunteering at Caring Hands Animal Hospital to gain experience. She also has previously volunteered at the Humane Society, the Miami Book Fair, and Arch Creek Animal Hospital and Boarding.
Hali is apart of NAMI, which is a club that brings awareness to mental illness and to advocate for people who live with a mental disorder. Her passion for making the environment a cleaner and safer place led her to join the YES! Club. The YES! Club highlights the numerous environmental sustainability issues that we are facing and encourages activities that promote environmental sustainability. She is currently an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, in which she will advocate for voting rights in her community and promote democracy. Hali has taken the initiative to promote human rights by attending Hialeah High School to teach students the history behind the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and the importance of everyone knowing their human rights. Hali took part of Alternative Breaks which is a program that takes students to New Orleans to build a house for the community. She plans to continue serving her community in any way possible while on her journey to become a Veterinarian.
Alexander Pereda is a rising sophomore in the Honor’s Program at Miami Dade College. He is currently studying to obtain an Associate in Art’s degree in Business Administration and English. Within his first year as a student, Alex proudly represented MDC at the Global Citizenship’s Salzburg Seminar, Phi Beta Lambda’s state competition, and as an officer of Political Science and Phi Theta Kappa. Alongside the time spent within these organizations, he continued to improve his local community by forming a coalition of students whose mission was to improve educational equality throughout Miami-Dade County. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the wonders of his city, reading, and volunteering for Local 1403, the Miami-Dade Firefighter Rescue Union. In his first summer while in college, he plans on continuing his studies whilst in attendance as an intern at a local law firm. Alongside these goals, Alex has devoted much of his time to the arts. Attending theatre productions and writing novels have become two of his favorite hobbies. Through a fusion of both arts and academics, Alex plans to enter Law School and work later in life within international proceedings and the corporate setting.
My name is Bruny Alonso Orama, and I am a second-year student in Miami Dade College's Honors Program. In 2002, my family and I came to the United States from Cuba in search of a better life. In high school, I aimed to be very involved. I was the Vice President of the National Honors Society and the Parliamentarian of the Future Business Leaders of America, along with other roles. During my first and second semesters in college, I obtained a 4.0 GPA. I held leadership positions in Generation Action and the non-profit Bracelets for Commitment, along with volunteering with the National Alliance of Mental Illness. I am honored to have won the 2018-2019 Miami-Dade County League of Cities Scholarship Internship, UFMDC Sandra Mickely Memorial Scholarship Award, and the Gilman Scholarship.
During high school, Maria moved from Brazil to the United States. Maria has always been interested in economic and public policy issues and decided to pursue them in a professional career by majoring in Economics in Miami Dade College's Honors College. Her academic goal is to transfer to a four-year institution in Washington, D.C., where she could pursue her studies while experiencing the political climate at the core of American politics. With ongoing dedication, she hopes to work for the federal government and apply her mathematical and economics expertise to act on social inequalities prevailing nationally. Maria is also an active member of her local community in Miami, where she volunteers for diverse nonprofit organizations and participates in Miami Dade College's student clubs.
Leigh promotes, develops, and evaluates community engagement opportunities. Along with our student fellows, she coordinates many programs in the office including Vote Everywhere, Miami SOUP, and RISE Alt. Breaks. She also serves as a liaison to student organizations, maintains ComMUnity Connect, and oversee the Office's social media and marketing efforts.
“This little gnome was a birthday gift from a friend during my first year of college. His name is Gnorman (with a silent ‘g’) and he accompanies me everywhere I travel. I take pictures of him in every place I visit, and he is extremely photogenic. I have photographs of him from the past 10 years from vacations with family and friends, a study abroad trip, and several service trips.”
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, an 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.
Daniel Botting is the Associate Director of the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) at Pace University. Originally from upstate New York, Daniel has worked in New York City for the past 18 years to educate and empower young people to be able to fully engage in their communities. In addition to his work with the CCAR, he also teaches a community-based learning course in Pace’s Political Science department. Daniel lives in Staten Island with his wife, Andrea, and his 2 month old son, James.
Kealy is a junior childhood education major and history minor at Pace. After getting her degree she wants to travel and teach elementary school around the country. Kealy found her passion for social justice through studying the great leaders of the feminist and civil rights movements. She hopes that through Vote Everywhere she can increase voter turnout and civic engagement among her peers and empower them because their voices and votes matter and are so important.
Cecilia is an undergraduate freshman at Pace University's New York City campus where she is pursuing musical theater and psychology. One day she would love to become a movement therapist/psychiatrist. Cecilia first realized her passion for voter engagement during the 2016 primary elections, when at the time she was just under the voting age and could not take part in voting that year. This is when she realized just how important voting was to her, and ever since she has done whatever she could to educate people on voting rights. Along with voting advocacy, Cecilia is an environmentalist. She is very passionate about bringing awareness to national parks and teaching people what they do for the ecosystem as a whole. Her goal is to bring civic engagement to a whole new level on campus, to make voting fun, and overall educate people why being an active citizen is important to society.
Karen Booth has worked in the civic and community engagement field for more than 20 years. For the past seven years, she has supervised Ramapo College's Civic and Community Engagement Center. The Center houses the Alternative Break Program, Leaders in Service, Student Leadership Programs, New Jersey Campus Compact's Changebuilder Initiative, and other co-curricular community and political engagement efforts. The Center also partners with faculty from time to time on currriculum-based civic involvement efforts. Karen has pursued graduate studies in religion and theology at Drew University Theological School. After studying at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee and Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, she earned her undergraduate degree from William Paterson University.
Claudia Wetzel is a sophomore studying business at Ramapo College. She is a student coordinator at the
Civic and Community Engagement Center on campus, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a
coeducational service organization. In addition to working on campus, Claudia plays field hockey for the
school team. During her first year at Ramapo, she earned Dean’s List both semesters and was inducted
into Alpha Lambda Delta, a first-year national honor society.
Hello! My name is Elsu Mathew, and I am from East Brunswick, NJ. I am currently a sophomore at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where I am majoring in Biology with a PA concentration. I’m part of the Sophomores Advancing in Leadership program. I was a 2016 Nominee for National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine and also was selected for the National Academy Of Future Physicians And Medical Scientists Award Of Excellence. I also stay active by doing volunteer work such as food drives, collecting clothes and other items for children in need, and helping out at elder citizen’s home. After college, I plan to work as a physician assistant and to apply to medical school later. I am very excited to work as an Ambassador and to be a part of The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
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.
Noelia Vicente is in her senior year at Rutgers University and is expected to graduate with her BASW in May 2020. Her minor is criminology, and she intends to pursue her Masters of Social Work through the Advanced Standing program. She is passionate about policy and administration and hopes to achieve a great deal in these areas. Noelia is currently an intern with the Perth Amboy Office of Economic and Community Development where she is collaborating to raise awareness involving the importance of research in regards to the National Census. Noelia is in the process of coordinating programs to get the community excited about their civic involvement. She is currently working on an independent study to develop an app to aid in the struggle of Environmental Justice advocates globally. After receiving her degree, she aims to work with coalitions of preservationists and advocate for legislation related to this looming social problem.
As Director of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center, Seth Andersen works with students interested in pursuing careers in politics and public service. The Center’s nonpartisan programs complement Simpson College’s Engaged Citizenship Curriculum by encouraging students to actively participate in our democracy and consider public service as their life’s work. Andersen fosters student development through the Culver Fellows program, which awards four-year scholarships to incoming Simpson College students who demonstrate a commitment to public service. He works with the Culver Fellows and Simpson College faculty and professional staff to educate the campus community and the broader public through the annual Culver Lecture, which brings prominent national figures to campus to meet with students and deliver a public lecture. The Culver Center also sponsors political debates, candidate visits, policy forums, and student trips to Washington, DC, state capitols, and presidential libraries.
Prior to joining the Culver Center, Andersen served as Executive Director of the American Judicature Society, an independent national organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice. He also served on the staff of the American Bar Association as Special Assistant to the President and Project Manager for the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence. He has written and spoken extensively on judicial independence, judicial selection, and the jury system. In addition to directing the Culver Center, Andersen develops financial and community support for arts, cultural, and music-related enterprises in Central Iowa. He created and produced Critical Mass, a weekly music critics’ program that aired on community radio station KFMG 98.9 FM in 2014-2015, and contributes his event planning and management experience to major concerts and festivals such as the 80/35 music festival, Hinterland music festival, Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, and the Des Moines Social Club’s annual Food Truck Throwdown. Andersen holds a degree in history and American Studies from the University of Kansas.
Danielle is a recent graduate of Simpson College, where she served as The Andrew Goodman Foundation's Vote Everywhere Ambassador for one year.
Levi Lefebure is a Culver Fellow from Fairfax, Iowa. At Simpson College, he is majoring in Political Science, Mathematics, and History. He is involved with Cross-Country, Track & Field, Student Government, Debate Team, and College Republicans on campus. Upon leaving Simpson, Levi hopes to find work in some level of policymaking. Policy has interested Levi from a young age, because of how much of a difference for good it can make. He is excited about being a Vote Everywhere Ambassador because it allows him to be as involved in politics on campus as possible.
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.
Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Spelman College and Director of the UNCF/Mellon Programs. Her teaching and research interests in the areas of sociology, criminology, law, and violence against women support the Law and Criminology concentration in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Spence has served in the capacities of Assistant Dean for Freshman Studies, Associate Academic Dean and Academic Dean at Spelman College. Her interest in issues of higher education access, service-learning, gender role socialization and violence against women frame her research, writing, community service involvement, and public speaking. Her publications include “A Woman’s College Perspective on the Education of Men” (2004) New Directors for Student Series and “The Spelman College Total Person Commits to Positive Social Change” (2006), Engaging Departments: Moving Faculty Cultures from Private to Public, Individual to Collective Force for the Common Good. Her most recent publication “Does Race Trump Gender? Black Women Negotiating their Spaces of Intersection in the 2008 Presidential Campaign” is included in the edited volume “Who Should Be First? Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign” (2010). As Director of the UNCF Mellon Programs, Dr. Spence creates, manages and oversees a suite of future faculty development and faculty career enhancement programs for UNCF (United Negro College Fund) students and faculty. The UNCF/Mellon Programs are housed at Spelman College and funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
In her newest role, Dr. Spence serves as the Faculty Lead for the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program. Dr. Spence is committed to helping Spelman women fully actualize their commitment to “making a choice to change the world “through social justice advocacy. She has served as a consultant for the Ford Foundation Institutional Transformation Project, the University of Chicago Provost Initiative on Minority Affairs, the Agnes Scott College Center for Teaching and Learning and the Georgia Department of Corrections. She currently serves as Faculty Trustee on the Spelman College Board of Trustees and is the former chair of the Board of the non-profit agency Men Stopping Violence. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia Women for Change and the Women’s Solidarity Society for the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Dr. Spence is a graduate of Spelman College where she earned her B.A. degree. She earned both the Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. She is married to Harold W. Spence and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Christie ’05 and Courtnee ’08.
My name is Keymari Johnson, and I am a sophomore Economics major, from Lexington, Kentucky. I aspire to become a Corporate Lawyer.
Gabrielle Slaughter is a junior political science major from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Gabrielle aspires to be a prosecutor who aims to focus on crimes against women and children. She was inspired to take this path because of her work with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office in the Crimes Against Women and Children Unit. Gabrielle also wants to keep social justice at the center of her future career. Inspired by her upbringing and the Kalief Browder documentary, she plans on focusing on the school to prison pipeline as well as advocating for the rights of formerly incarcerated people. Gabrielle is also the Vice President of Gifted Girls of Grace. This service organization focuses on uplifting teenage girls in the metro Atlanta area by teaching sisterhood, etiquette, culture, and self empowerment. Gabrielle is inspired by civil servants such as Arthur Liman, Andrew Goodman, and Thurgood Marshall because she believes that they are selfless in their decision to fight for justice. She plans to carry on their legacy.
Lisa Torrey is a member of the faculty at St. Lawrence University, in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics. Along with Ed Harcourt and Choong-Soo Lee, Lisa conducts the computer science program at St. Lawrence. Before arriving there, Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2009 and of Dartmouth College in 2003.
Wendi Haugh is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist with a joint appointment in African Studies. She spent her junior year abroad in Kenya, and she has done research in northern Namibia on the ways that people construct a sense of national identity in songs, speeches, talk radio programs, celebrations, and conversations. She is currently launching a new research project on birding, bird guides, and bird-related ecotourism in eastern and southern Africa. She teaches Cultural Anthropology, Humans and Other Animals, Peoples and Cultures of Africa, and Environmental Conservation in Africa. She enjoys travel, bird watching, and hiking in her spare time.
Madeline Thibault is a senior studying English at St. Lawrence University. Her passion for civic involvement and making in a change in people’s lives around her began when she was young but has since grown to a wider scale. She believes that voting is paramount to creating a democratic society and that increasing voter turnout, education, and accessibility across the board can make that change. During the 2018 election cycle, Madeline was the former Lead Intern and a Field Organizer for Tedra Cobb for Congress, and in 2016 a former field intern for Sara Niccoli for State Senate. She is the President and Co-Founder of the St. Lawrence County Young Democrats and was the Secretary of the St. Lawrence University Democrats. Madeline has also interned with Renewal House—a domestic violence and sexual assault agency, and interned with the New York State Museum and their Museum Club. Madeline hopes to work in D.C. and continue to do work that promotes civic engagement throughout her life.
Bezawit is a sophomore majoring in global studies, with a focus on African Studies and Caribbean Latin Studies, and minoring in government. She is from Washington, D.C., and politics has always been a part of her life. Her interest in politics grew during her sophomore year of high school when she volunteered for the 2015 D.C. mayoral election. Bezawit loves to travel and volunteer, which has impacted and shaped her future endeavors. She hopes to join Peace Corps after graduating and to one day work on Capitol Hill.
Niamh is a sophomore at St.Lawrence University majoring in history and government. She’s from Plattsburgh New York and has always felt passionately about politics. She first became interested in voter registration while interning for a local congressional campaign in high school. In addition to civic and political causes Niamh is passionate about human rights and has worked as a student activist coordinator for Amnesty International. She looks forward to working with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to increase political engagement on campus.
Alison Handy Twang is the assistant director at the Center for Civic Engagement. In this role, she is broadly responsible for promoting, developing and expanding community engagement opportunities for students. Alison oversees a number of community engagement initiatives, including the Bridging the Digital Divide Project, campus political engagement efforts and CCE's partnership with Promise Zone Community Schools. Before joining CCE, she worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on philanthropy and student and young adult civic engagement. She received her bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in public administration from Binghamton University and is currently pursuing her PhD in community and public affairs. She serves as president of the board of directors for the YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County and as a member of the advisory committee for the Rural Health Service Corps/AmeriCorps program. She currently resides in Binghamton with her husband, Dylan, and their chocolate lab, Keene.
Lizzie Nutig is a second-year student at Binghamton University, where she has discovered her passion for service, equality, and justice. She doesn't know exactly what she wants to be yet but knows she wants to fight for equality in all senses of the word. She believes that the most effective approach to equality has to do with the political process and the power of the vote. She loves people and believes that some of the best moments in life are interactions with all types of people, and is also passionate about nature and outdoor activities. She is extremely excited to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation and to fight for voting access for everyone.
Sophia is a junior studying Political Science, with a concentration in Global and International Affairs, on track to pursue a master's degree in Public Administration. She has experience campaigning, fundraising, working with local governments, and participating in issue advocacy. These experiences have inspired a passion to change the world, and she believes political engagement is the key. She is thrilled to be an AGF ambassador because, since transferring to Binghamton in Fall of 2018, she has had the opportunity to learn more about and participate in the AGF mission of increasing voting accessibility.
Phariha Rahman is a sophomore at SUNY Binghamton double majoring in English and History. In addition to The Andrew Goodman Foundation, Phariha is a news writer for the Binghamton Pipe Dream.
Nicholas Paul Palumbo is the Interim Director of Leadership and Service at the Center for Community. In this role, he is responsible for promoting, developing and expanding leadership and service opportunities for students. Nick oversees a number of leadership initiatives, including the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development, Livingston Cares Service Trips, and the on-campus Voter Engagement Taskforce. Before joining the Center for Community, Nick has been serving the Geneseo community since 2016 as an adjunct faculty member in the department of psychology teaching courses in adolescent and child development, motivation psychology, and advance research methods. Prior to that, Nick was at the University of Rochester where he served as a project manager and adjunct professor in the department of counseling and human development. Nick earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s from Syracuse University, and an advanced certificate in online teaching from the University of Rochester. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in human development from the University of Rochester. Nick enjoys spending time working with undergraduate students on research projects, reading, writing, and traveling to the Adirondacks. Nick also loves to cook and is always trying out new vegan recipes.
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.
Robbie is a junior Sociology major in SUNY Geneseo's honors program. Robbie is deeply interested in politics and is very involved with political organizations at Geneseo, serving as vice president of the Democrats Club, events planner of the Political Affairs Club, and serving on the Geneseo Town Democratic Committee. After working on Nate McMurray's political campaign for Congress in Geneseo's electoral district, Robbie became very interested in how to raise voter turnout at SUNY Geneseo in a nonpartisan way, and this is what drew him to The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Other organizations that Robbie is involved with are serving as co-chair of Food Security Advocates and vice president of Sociology Club. Robbie is very excited to serve as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador and hopes to try to get other students more interested in voting.
Sara is a senior psychology major and human development minor at SUNY Geneseo. Sara is passionate about research in the field of psychology and the ways that humans interact, and she plans to attend graduate school to get a Ph.D. in clinical psychology to continue her studies on human behavior. In the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development Program (GOLD), Sara is a Leader Mentor where she collaborates with other mentors and participants on projects related to leadership and many other issues, such as voter engagement. In the fall of 2018, Sara helped with voter registration and at the polling sites on election day, which sparked her interest in The Andrew Goodman Foundation and civic engagement. She plans to continue to help with these projects her senior year and educate her campus on the importance of elections and voting.
Dilynn is a Senior Business Administration major and Public Administration minor at SUNY Geneseo. In addition to being involved with Voter Registration, she is the Treasurer of the Campus Activities Board, is a Leadership Mentor for the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development program and helps teach American Sign Language classes with the Sign Language Club. She loves getting the chance to be civically engaged through the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development program, and is very excited to get even more involved with the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
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.
Erin is a sophomore at Stony Brook University’s Honors College studying political science and psychology with a minor in writing. Besides being an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, she is the Team Leader of the Voter Engagement Committee in Stony Brook’s Center for Civic Justice. Erin is passionate about equitable voting practices and criminal justice reform and is excited about the year ahead to further Stony Brook’s dedication to civic engagement. As a first-year Ambassador, she hopes to bring new Get Out the Vote initiatives to campus and work with other Ambassadors around the country to start to solve large-scale issues on local levels.
Lucy Gordon is a sophomore at Stony Brook University with a double major in Psychology and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Biology. Lucy is the newest student Ambassador for the Vote Everywhere organization and serves as the lead of the Community Engagement team at Stony Brook’s Center for Civic Justice. Lucy is driven by her passion for social justice education, women’s rights advocacy, and making sure students feel that their voice matters on campus and in the larger community. Along with her work at the Center for Civic Justice, Lucy is an Undergraduate College Fellow for the College of Science and Society and a research assistant in biology education. Along with weekly tabling and voter registration events, she has facilitated Community Dialogues on Freedom of Speech and the #MeToo Movement, and looks forward to piloting a new community dialogue topic on Gendered Expectations in Society. Lucy is excited to be an Ambassador for the Vote Everywhere program where she hopes to continue to increase civic engagement on campus and honor the legacy of Andrew Goodman.
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.
Dr. Cara Robinson is the Interim Department Chair for Social Work and Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Tennessee State University. Dr. Robinson received her Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware where she wrote her dissertation "Informing Democracy?: Election Coverage by Cable News Networks in the 2008 Presidential Election."
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.
Sherri works with the programs team at Tisch College to support research and evaluation in addition to facilitating connections with student organizations across campus. She earned her doctorate in 2015 from Boston University, and her research focused on designing assessments to understand how student attitudes can change after participating in global citizenship coursework. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Sherri taught civics to middle school students in Somerville. She earned her B.S. from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations, and her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Liesl Jenkins is a sophomore at Tufts University majoring in International Relations and German Studies. She is from coastal Mississippi, and her passion for civic engagement and politics stems from her experience serving as a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council and acting as a youth ambassador to Germany through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. On campus, she is a member of AGF Vote Everywhere, JumboVote, and Synaptic Scholars.
Matt is a sophomore studying economics and urban studies at Tufts University. Matt developed his sense of civic engagement in his home Nashville, TN where he has been active in local and state politics since high school. Matt also serves as the student co-chair of JumboVote, a non-partisan voter registration and assistance group that works in coordination with AGF Vote Everywhere and many other student organizations. He hopes to return to the South and work in areas relating to economic development and civic engagement.
Richard C. Fording is the Marilyn Williams Elmore and John Durr Elmore Endowed Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama. He earned his B.A. at the University of Florida (1986), and his Ph.D. from Florida State University (1998). His primary teaching and research interests include public policy, race and politics, state politics, social movements, and quantitative methodology. He is the author or coauthor of articles appearing in a variety of journals, including American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics. He is the coauthor of Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race (University of Chicago Press).
Ben Leonard is a junior from Collierville, Tennessee. He is currently majoring in marketing and minoring in political science. Ben has served as the CEO of Forza Financial, worked as an intern for the University Fellows Experience, raised funds for nonprofits, contributed to the Honors College Student Advisory Board, and volunteered in several Tuscaloosa elementary schools. Last summer, Ben interned for his district’s Congressman and one of Tennessee’s U.S. Senators. In the fall of 2018, Ben left UA for a semester to work for the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he supported the Metropolitan Policy Program. Currently, Ben interns in Tuscaloosa’s City Hall for Mayor Walt Maddox. On campus, he is involved in the University Fellows Experience, Honors College Ambassadors, the Blackburn Institute, and Vote Everywhere. In his free time, Ben enjoys running, reading, and listening to podcasts. He hopes to attend law school after graduating from The University of Alabama.
Samuel Reece is a junior at the University of Alabama from Montevallo, AL. He is majoring in Political Science and American Studies and minoring in Creative Writing and Social Innovation & Leadership. Sam is part of the University Fellows Experience and the Honors College and worked as an Honors College and David Mathews Center for Civic Life Jean O’Connor-Snyder Intern in the summer of 2018. He is also a member of the Blackburn Institute Class of 2020. He is involved in the Alabama Model United Nations Conference, teaches recorder to third-graders as the Flatwood Elementary Coordinator for Engage Tuscaloosa's NoteABLE program, and writes on comic books, superheroes, and their place in pop culture in the "The Splash Page" series for the Crimson White Culture Section. He is planning to attend law school after graduation, focusing on public interest work.
Shana Oshinskie, a current freshman studying Journalism at The University of Alabama, grew up in a very small town in New Jersey, where her interest in access to unbiased information and its correlation to civic engagement began. More specifically, however, Shana is interested in the voting rights of freed felons and citizens of marginalized communities like the Alabama Black Belt, the lack of participation in local elections, and how these concerns can be ameliorated by access to high quality local and national journalism. She will spend her summer of 2017 in the rural community of Marion, Alabama, working with the Jean O'Connor-Snyder Program and various local nonprofits to improve local journalism and voter registration.
Anthony Butler is the Director of Transitions and Community Engagement at UB. He has more than a decade of experience in the areas of student development, community engagement and developing community partnerships, student leadership and transition programs, and non-profit PR and marketing. In his role as Director of Transitions and Community Engagement, Anthony is responsible for planning University of Baltimore’s new student orientation, commencement exercises, community engagement opportunities, and strengths-based initiatives. He also teaches the senior capstone course in the College of Public Affairs’ Community Leadership and Nonprofit Management program. He has a bachelor of arts in English from Salisbury University and a master of arts in Publications Design with a specialization in creative writing and publishing arts from University of Baltimore. In his free time he enjoys writing fiction and poetry.
Willow Goode is currently a sophomore at The University of Baltimore studying Government and Public Policy with a minor in Philosophy. From a young age, she has been politically active. In the future, Willow hopes to attend law school and work for social change. She is looking forward to working with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to help encourage more people to be involved in the democratic process.
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.
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.
Itzel is a senior at the University of Central Arkansas where she is double majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies. She currently serves as a UCA Campus Ambassador, member of the President Leadership Fellow and secretary of the Association of Future Alumni. Therefore, she is able to work with prospective students, alumni and the broader community. She also serves as the President for Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society. After interning at the City of Hope Outreach, she now volunteers on a weekly basis at their after-school program, working with under-resourced students. The passion she has advocating for immigration and educational opportunities is something she plans to bring to ‘Vote Everywhere’ as an Ambassador.
Jenny joined the Institute of Politics in October 2017 as the Civic Engagement Program Coordinator. In this role, she advises the IOP’s Civic Engagement student leadership, builds relationships with community partners, and works on CE program development. Previously, Jenny worked as a policy and research assistant for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, an intern for the Indiana University Office of the President, and an NSF Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. She studied mathematics, literature, and anthropology at Indiana University.
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.
Allison Saracina is a senior International Studies major at the University of Dayton. She loves the work that she does with Vote Everywhere and is also involved in the Dayton Civic Scholars, Kappa Delta Sorority, and Habitat for Humanity. She travelled to Peru last semester and is excited to be a part of this team!
Sean Newhouse is excited to be a Vote Everywhere Ambassador at the University of Dayton where he is a junior political science and journalism double major. He has traveled extensively, studying in China and interning in London, England. Besides Vote Everywhere, Sean is involved with his campus newspaper and Alpha Phi Omega. His favorite TV series is “The West Wing.”
Anna Rose Redgate is a junior at the University of Dayton majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minors in Marketing and Political Science. She is extremely excited an honored to be working as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador at UD, and strives to carry on Andrew Goodman’s legacy. Through partnership with the University of Dayton’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, Anna Rose and her team work to promote civic engagement on campus through voter registration, mobilizing voters to the polls, and creating or partnering with other organizations to increase civic engagement on campus and in our community. In addition to VE, Anna Rose works as a Communication Student Manager for the Women’s Center on campus, enjoys writing, volunteering in the Dayton community, and spending time with her wonderful friends at UD.
My name is Jenna Tingum and I am a second year at the University of Florida. I am a pre-med student majoring in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and planning to minor in Public Leadership. Besides working for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, I volunteer at the local hospital and work as a Resident Assistant on campus. After graduation, I hope to go to medical school to become a Neurologist or Psychiatrist. I am passionate about civic involvement, community service, and mental health advocacy and am very excited to work with the Andrew Goodman Foundation this year to promote student engagement throughout UF and Gainesville.
My name is Katy Frey, and I am a third-year student from West Chester, Pennsylvania, majoring in Environmental Management of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with a minor in Sustainability. Ever since high school, I have had a strong passion for politics and voting rights. It is for this reason that I became involved with the University of Florida's Vote Everywhere team to help encourage more Gators to become civically engaged. My mantra is "your voice does matter," which is why I dedicate myself to Gators Vote Everywhere and try to empower students to vote. Besides working with Vote Everywhere, I am the President of the UF chapter of She's the First, a national nonprofit organization that sponsors girls' education in low-income countries. In my free time, I enjoy exploring nature, doing yoga, and watching documentaries. I look forward to this next year with Vote Everywhere and cannot wait to see all we accomplish in the future.
Harjot Sodhi is a second year at the University of Florida, majoring in economics. He has always had a strong interest in politics and has been involved in voter rights advocacy since high school. He has worked with a variety of political organizations over the years and founded his own political awareness group in high school. Besides political advocacy, he also enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and traveling. He had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain last semester and traveled throughout the continent as well as parts of North Africa. But now that he is back, Harjot is very excited to continue his work in spreading political awareness at the University of Florida through The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Shae'Erica Horne is a pre-med student majoring in Biology at the University of Florida. She is a recent graduate of Fitzgerald High School where she was an active member of 4-H, the Technology Student Association, BETA Club and Y-Club. She served as chairman of the Junior Board of Directors at the Community Banking Company of Fitzgerald and served as a poll worker for numerous elections. In her spare time, Shae enjoys traveling, reading, dancing and singing. Her passion for civic involvement and the medical field stems from her natural desire to want to help others. She has a focus on marginalized people and communities. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, Shae hopes to eliminate the idea that one vote does not count while increasing voter turnout in young adults and minorities. Her future plans are to gain a possible minor in public leadership and attend medical school at Harvard University to become an anesthesiologist.
Myrna Hugo is a Program Coordinator for the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. In her role, Myrna works with students to foster one of the university’s core values of community engagement through community-based learning opportunities. She also coordinates with community partners to identify and support collaboration that builds a culture of civic engagement within their neighboring communities. Prior to joining the University of La Verne, Myrna was a member of the President’s Office administrative team at the University of Redlands.
My name is Francisco Villagomez-Luna, and I am an undergraduate at the University of La Verne class of 2020, majoring in Political Science. Growing up, my parents and community instilled in me the importance of civic and community engagement and it has brought me great sense of happiness and made me a more aware and involved citizen. I have been involved in many aspects of my community, giving me a sense of how the members of my community impact one another. From starting at the age of eleven and volunteering at my elementary school to being involved in my local fire department, I have tried to become a more open-minded and well-rounded individual. I take great pride in helping others and being a voice for the underrepresented. I hope to inspire those who look up to me and the next generation leaders just as much as they inspire me keep moving forward and seek change for the betterment of everyone.
Abrelle is a freshmen Honors Education Major at University of La Verne and is currently involved in the Campus Activities Board as a committee member and the Multicultural Club Council as Treasurer. Getting students involved is very important to her, and she is thankful to have the opportunity through being a Vote Everywhere Ambassador. She hopes to get students involved, not just in spirit, but politically within the community, state, and even the country.
Pam Nessle Curtis has over thirty years of professional experience working in Student Affairs. Pam serves as the Director of the Office of Student Involvement at the University of Louisville. While at UofL, she has also served as the Director of Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service at UofL, Associate Director for Residence Life, and as a Resident Director, among other titles. Pam is proud to have helped lead UofL to earn two Voter Friendly Campus designations and is excited about working with AGF and our two student Ambassadors heading into the 2020 election.
Pam’s professional involvement includes serving as the Inaugural Chair of the UofL Student Affairs Professional Development Committee. She also has served as the chair of the SACSA Career Services Committee and Vice President of Professional Development for two years. She has been on the executive board to CPAK (College Personnel Association of KY) as the Conference Chair. Pam has also served on the planning team for the Dialogue on Diversity held in Louisville each year. Pam has done numerous professional presentations on the state, regional and national levels on student conduct, leadership and staff training and development.
Pam received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Cortland and Master of Education degree from the University of Florida. Pam has two millennial sons, Jake and Jeff, who are a constant source of fun, amazement and learning. She loves to walk her dogs every day.
Shalom everyone! My name is Eowyn, but I go by Wyn. I am a sophomore at the University of Louisville, majoring in Political Science with a track in Law and Public Policy. I am also pursuing a minor in Jewish Studies. When I’m not in the library working on my classes, you can find me in the Interfaith Center as the president of UofL’s Hillel, or in the Engage Lead Serve Board’s (ELSB) office thinking of different ways to get my friends and peers to uphold their civic duty of voting! I believe that our vote is our voice, and every election is our opportunity to have our voice heard by our legislators. As a queer Jewish woman, voting is how I can stand up to oppressive systems that are currently in place. Just like my vote, every other vote matters. I am beyond excited to take on the position of Team Leader for this year and cannot wait to see how we can adapt UofL to be an even more voter-friendly campus!
Hi there, my name is Clara Wilson and I am a political science student from Louisville, Kentucky. Some things you may catch me involved with is various types of volunteer/philanthropy work, working hard on a musical or theatre show, or even attending a meeting for my sorority. I have hopes to attend law school after I complete undergrad. I keep engaged with government on a local scale as well as federal, which I couldn't be more excited to do with the Andrew Goodman Foundation and Vote Everywhere this year. Our team hopes to make a meaningful and lasting impact on UofL's campus that drives passion for civic engagement for years to come.
Hello! My name is Austin Dillon and I am a sophomore at the University of Louisville. I am majoring in Economics and Political Science, as well as minoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. I am involved with various student groups on campus, including Greek life and the Engage Lead Serve Board. As a long-time admirer of the unique system of government we have in the United States, I love seeing students invest their time to learn about and to engage with our nation’s political institutions. I am thrilled to serve as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador!
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Class of 2021
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.
Kari is a first-year MPP student at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to grad school, she worked in Washington D.C. at the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on government efficiency and educating the next generation about federal opportunities. Kari's policy interests include public management, social policy, and democratic engagement. She's thrilled to be part of the Vote Everywhere team and looks forward to encouraging civic participation at U of M.
C.J. Mayer is in his senior year at the University of Michigan, where he is majoring in Public
Policy with a focus in “Political Strategy and Communication,” and minoring in Creative Writing.
During the school year, C.J. has spent extensive time doing research on political and policy
issues, working for various political campaigns in Michigan, and working with Ann Arbor Active
Against ALS. During the summers, he has had internships at MSNBC, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
Research, and the Brookings Institution. After graduation, C.J. hopes to join a 2020 Presidential
Professor Hall recently finished up several years as Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Mississippi. Over the past several years, he has also worked extensively with undergraduates, teaching Intelligence Communications for the University’s Intelligence and Security Studies program and Introduction to Law for students at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.
Professor Hall’s scholarly interests focus on the intersection of immigration law, criminal law and procedure, and national security law. Currently, he is working on an article on the opposite of civil disobedience – hyper obedience and individualized criminal law.
Before joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Hall worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in the Civil Division’s Office of Immigration Litigation and specialized in national security and counter-terrorism matters. Professor Hall obtained his position at Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. While with the Justice Department, Professor Hall worked on certiorari oppositions before the U.S. Supreme Court; he handled appeals in nine of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and he litigated cases in a dozen different U.S. District Courts. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Professor Hall held two clerkships with federal judges. First, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Terence T. Evans, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He then clerked for Judge John G. Heyburn II, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
Professor Hall received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif. In law school, he earned a spot on the Moot Court Board and he was Editor-in-Chief of the Kentucky Law Journal. Hall received his B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, where he studied Government.
As the Assistant Director for Volunteer Outreach, Sean serves as an outreach liaison between UNC Charlotte and the wider Charlotte community. In 2014, he co-founded the Niner Student Pantry that provides UNC Charlotte students experiencing economic hardship with healthy, emergency food. In the spring of 2014, Sean’s office partnered with the Department of Sociology to lead a Habitat for Humanity service learning trip to El Salvador where students built homes side-by-side with Salvadoran families, learning about their culture and lives. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology where he teaches courses on race and ethnic relations and social movements.
As the Research Associate for Academic Planning and Analysis, Tamara researches and communicates UNC Charlotte’s student success and community engagement initiatives to the broader campus community, and designs programming that supports engaged scholarship and enriches the student experience through experiential learning, community engagement, and international education. As adjunct faculty in the Department of Global, International and Area Studies, she teaches courses on globalization and global cities, as well as food justice in South Africa (where she was a Peace Corps volunteer and a Fulbright scholar). She received her doctorate in Geography from UNC at Chapel Hill in 2011.
Kiley Murray is a Masters of Public Administration student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In May of 2018, Kiley graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Political Science. She currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Dean of Students office. She has previously served as the Vice President for the Roosevelt Institute for Public Policy at UNCC spearheading a nonpartisan initiative on campus and worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections (NC) during the 2016 election.
Faustine is the Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) Coordinator at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. A recent Penn alum, Faustine spent her undergraduate years encouraging students to become more involved in the Philadelphia community and has continued to do so in her new role as the liaison between Penn faculty, students, and community partners. Her main goal is to support and encourage students on their way to becoming more democratic, civically-minded citizens.
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.
Benjamin Oh is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is pursuing a Master of Science in Social Policy. He graduated from Penn in 2019 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a concentration in Public Policy and Governance. Benjamin's experience working with Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), as well as co-directing Penn Leads The Vote, informs his conviction that democracy depends on equity and equality for disenfranchised communities, particularly communities of color. His research extends to Census data, minority voter trends, Voting Rights Act enforcement, and the impact of Shelby v. Holder on civil rights legislation and minority voters. He is excited to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation to increase voter engagement and education not only on campus, but for communities throughout Philadelphia.
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.
Allison Clark Pingley, Ph.D., is the Civic Engagement Coordinator and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her teaching and research focuses on American politics, and specifically political behavior, campaigns and elections, and political parties.
Kyle is a Programs Coordinator for the Hinckley Institute of Politics. His work includes assisting with the Hinckley’s internship programs, website and data management, organizing an annual university-wide speech contest, and overseeing the voter and civic engagement initiatives of the Hinckley Institute in partnership with The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Kyle is a recent graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Spanish minor.
As an honors double major in biology and environmental geoscience, a minor in political science, and a community engaged scholar designation, Michaela enjoys utilizing scientific knowledge to craft better public policy. A strong believer in the democratic process, Michaela hopes her time with the Andrew Goodman Foundation will help her increase civic and political engagement at the University of Utah. In addition, Michaela also serves as the associate director of government relations in the University of Utah student government, as a Program Director for the Edible Campus Gardens, and is an active member of the Delta Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
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.
Charles Allworth is a member of the class of 2019 at UW Madison studying Communication Arts (Rhetoric Track) and Economics with a minor in Digital Studies.
Jaci Moseley is studying Journalism, Communication Arts and Digital Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is fascinated by the potential of digital media to inspire youth civic engagement and to fuel positive social change, especially when it comes to voting. Jaci had the incredible opportunity to explore campus civic engagement efforts through an independent project during the 2018 midterm election. As a passionate learner, she looks forward to continually growing her knowledge and using it to inspire others to participate in democracy.
Hi! My name is Ja'Lia Butler, I am a sophomore here at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am majoring in Political Science with a certificate in Criminal Justice. I am currently the sitting Parliamentarian on the Executive Board for a new organization called Queen in You. This organization involves mentoring and tutoring young girls of color, as well as promoting self-esteem, professionalism, and self-development. I am super excited to begin work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation and help contribute to voter turnout here at UW and wherever else I can! I am beyond grateful for the chance to make a difference amongst young voters!
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.
Dr. Lane Perry currently serves as the Director of the Center for Service Learning and is an adjunct faculty member of the Human Services Department (College of Education) and the Entrepreneurship Program (College of Business) at Western Carolina University. Lane completed his Bachelor of Business Administration, Masters of Adult Education and Training at the University of Central Oklahoma, and Masters of Entrepreneurship at WCU. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, New Zealand International Doctoral Research Fellow, and Canterbury Doctoral Research Fellow, he achieved his Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education degree at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Lane has presented and published extensively in the fields of community engagement, service-learning, global citizenship, and pedagogical approaches to disaster response. He currently serves as a co-editor of the International Journal for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement. Most recently Lane has been recognized as the 2015 North Carolina Campus Compact Civic Engagement Professional of the Year, the 2015 co-recipient of the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, and the 2017 Gulf South Summit Community Engagement Practitioner of the year.
Lane lives by the belief that the only thing better than watching someone grow, is helping them grow. He believes that with the fertile soil of higher education (and all the watering an idea needs) a student, faculty, or staff member have only one choice – and that is to grow! He strives to help others grow in their passion, purpose and calling on a daily basis and in turn, he gets to consistently live his purpose and calling. Currently, Lane lives in Waynesville, North Carolina with he wife, Dr. April Perry (Associate Dean of the Graduate School), his five-year-old daughter Prescott Perry, 14-month-old daughter Pennon Perry, and his golden retriever – Riley.
Hannah is studying 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.
Sara Mears (she/hers) is a junior political science student at Western Carolina University, and is originally from Raleigh NC. She has been an organizing intern with Democracy NC, completed a fellowship with Campus Vote Project, and is currently a member of Campus Vote Project’s Student Advisory Board. Sara also has a strong role in WCU’s civic engagement organization, the Student Democracy Coalition, and loves raising money for local children’s hospitals through WCU Dance Marathon!
Benoit, hailing originally from Boston, Massachusetts is currently a Political Science and International Studies student within his third year at Western Carolina University. As a student heavily intertwined with his community, he is a second year Residential
Assistant, a second year Student Government Senator, and the recipient of the Gaither M. Keener Political Science Scholarship. This year, wanting to do even more for the WCU Community, he sought out more service opportunities. He now represents Western Carolina
University at the state level through his position with the UNC Association of Student Governments, where he serves as the Associate VP of Campus Outreach. He has also since joined the Student Democracy Coalition and received the honor of being an Andrew Goodman
Foundation Ambassador in pursuit to acquire knowledge of civic engagement to a much greater extent. Through his positions as an RA, SGA, and UNC ASG, He has dedicated his time to advocating for improving student life both here and at the state level. David
would like to thank both the Andrew Goodman Foundation and Western Carolina for this amazing learning experience.