Andrew Goodman 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.
Austin Smith is a student at Alabama A&M University studying Civil Engineering. He is a scholar in AAMU's Honors Program and is striving to become a better leader on campus through service. He is also a member of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and wants to achieve a better future for his community. After graduating from Alabama A&M University, Austin plans on attending law school. He is honored and ecstatic for the opportunity to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation as one of the Ambassadors for his college, and he wants to leave a foundation of democratic engagement for future generations to build onto.
Amaya Rearden is a student at Alabama A&M University majoring in Communications Media with a Concentration in Film & Production and a minor in Political Science. She is a Presidential Scholar and a member of the University’s Honors Program, both which have helped her to develop a passion for civic engagement that she intends to carry into her career. She is thrilled to be a part of The Andrew Goodman Foundation team as an Ambassador and is proud to carry on the work and legacy Andrew left behind.
Ayanna Samuels-Francis is a Mass Communications major from Las Vegas, NV. She currently attends Alcorn State University and serves as the Student Government Association 1st Vice President, Student Ambassadors Campus Tour Coordinator, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. the Gamma Phi Chapter. Upon graduation, she intends to attend graduate school with aspirations of becoming a Vice President of Student Affairs at a Historically Black College or University.
Patrick Mason is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. Mason is majoring in Biology with a concentration in medicine at the illustrious Alcorn State University. Patrick is a Spring 2019 initiate of the Delta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alph Fraternity, Inc. Mason proudly serves as the Student Government Association President. Upon the completion of his undergraduate matriculation, Mason plans to attend medical school in aspirations of becoming a Pediatrician.
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.
Jackie Sandoval is a proud Arizonan and first-generation American. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, she most recently served as the Deputy Communications Director for the Democratic Caucus at the Arizona House of Representatives. She has served throughout all levels of government, supporting and advising elected officials on messaging strategy, policy and effective community engagement across the state.
Jackie is also active in Democratic politics, where she holds numerous leadership roles and applies her expertise in the voting trends of millennial, rural and women voters and fundraising infrastructure. She serves on the executive committee for the Arizona Democratic Party and as a delegate-at-large to the DNC Youth Council, where she represents the Western region of the country. She was elected as a Congressional delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and advises various campaigns each election cycle.
Jackie is devoted to making a difference in her community. She currently serves on several boards, including the Maryvale YMCA, Phoenix Suns Charities, Catholic Community Foundation and Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona. Recognizing the power and responsibility of mentoring, she invests heavily in emerging leaders, empowering women and minorities to become civically engaged and working with organizations that create opportunities for underserved communities. She has received numerous recognitions for her service, including Univision’s 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 award. Jackie is determined to make Arizona a greater place in which to live and thrive.
Natalie Murphy is a student at Arizona State University studying Public Service & Public Policy and minoring in Spanish. She hopes to pursue a masters in Public Administration after graduation. Upon arriving at ASU, she took an interest in civic engagement after seeing many students advocating for voter registration on campus. She cultivated this passion with her work in Undergraduate Student Government at the Tempe campus while interning in the Policy department. Outside of classes, Natalie stays busy with involvement in multiple organizations ranging from being a tour guide on the Tempe campus, membership of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, to serving as music director for ASU’s all female a cappella group. She is beyond excited to be an Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation and help with civic engagement efforts at ASU and the greater community.
Fernanda Ruiz Martinez is a first-generation college student studying Journalism and Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She grew up in the southwest border of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. In her short time living in Arizona, Ruiz Martinez became interested in civic engagement and advocacy work through a Youth Leadership Development program with a national organization. Learning about Arizona politics and the way it has affected her community influenced her thinking and eagerness to be vocal in social action.
Anusha Natarajan is a student at Arizona State University, studying sociology and history with a minor in Spanish and certificates in human rights and international studies. Driven by change and hard work, Anusha likes to be involved in her community domestically and internationally. She is currently serving as the civic-engagement coalition chair and an Andrew Goodman Ambassador at her university, advancing voter education. As the Director of Advocacy of her honors college council, Anusha worked extensively with the Deans to increase civic engagement and racial justice across the campus. She helped develop the first racial justice Task Force at the honors college, which brings together faculty, staff, and students to come up with solutions to improve diversity and inclusion on campus. Passionate for culture and education, Anusha helped create an educational non-profit called Culture Talk, which provides resources for teachers and schools to use to diversify their curriculum in social studies.
Sarah de Veer coordinates engagement opportunities both on and off-campus for students who are interested in community service, activism, voter rights, and science outreach. She is also one of Bard’s Transportation Coordinators, to help students get to those off-campus opportunities and academic fields for the Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences classes. Before joining the CCE staff, Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree through Bard’s Film Production and Electronic Arts department, specifically focusing in documentary and community connections.
Erin Cannan joins the center staff after 15 years in the Division of Student Affairs at Bard. Erin arrived at Bard in 1995 as assistant dean of students/director of first-year students, responsible for orientation and student activities. She was promoted to dean of student affairs, responsible for the oversight of 12 departments within the Division of Student Affairs, and overseeing the work of the dean of campus life.
As deputy director of the center, Erin’s primary focus is on the development of local volunteer and internship opportunities. She facilitates local connections to school districts, government, and business while working to develop partnerships within the center network.
Erin earned her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo in 1992 and a master’s degree in student personnel services from Edinboro University.
Sarah is majoring in Human Rights with a concentration in Global Public Health at Bard College. She's participated in various programs on campus such as Peer Health Education and The Scale Project, an organization working to achieve economic equity at Bard College. Her work with Election@Bard is exciting for her as she sees her peers advocating for their rights and using their voice through their vote.
Alan Bond is originally from San Jose, California, and is currently studying Political Science at Baylor University. Previously serving as the External Vice President for Student Government, he is highly committed to serving students and others to make sure all voices are heard. He is a part of many on-campus organizations including Pre-Law Society, as his graduation plan is to attend law school with future aspirations to be a prosecutor at his local District Attorney’s office.
Konnell Woods is studying Political Science at Baylor University. Originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Konnell developed his high level of commitment to serving others with the help of 6 siblings and his parents, John and Jerline Woods. Konnell currently serves as the Vice President of NAACP, while being apart of many on-campus organizations. After graduation, he plans to go straight to law school and positively impact social justice efforts today.
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.
Annabelle Bangs (she/her) is a sophomore at Binghamton University studying philosophy, politics, and law. She also hope to graduate with a Master of Public Administration while at Binghamton. Annabelle has always thought that voting is a key part of our society, and that the importance of voting is extremely underrepresented by our leaders. As an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Annabelle is excited to educate her peers about the importance of voting and encourage them to vote in elections that span from local to national.
Bilal Ali was born in Karachi, Pakistan and immigrated to the United States in 2016. He enrolled in Kingsborough Community College in Spring 2017 where he completed an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. He graduated with Honors and received Dean’s List Recognition twice. He also volunteered as a Student Ambassador and Peer Mentor at Kingsborough where he participated in hosting student activities, events, and engaged in mentoring freshmen students. For his dedication and hard work, he received a Gold Medal and “Most Tenacious Peer Mentor” Award.
He began at The City College of New York in Spring 2019 where he majored in History. During the Academic Year 2019-20, he worked as a First-Year Experience Peer Mentor at Guttman Community College. His priorities not only included mentoring freshmen students, but also assisting in arranging student activities on campus. He graduated with his Bachelor’s in History with a Magna Cum Laude Recognition in 2021. He also received a “Model Mentor” Award for his work in Guttman Community College.
Currently, Bilal is enrolled in Binghamton University’s MA History Program. He is also affiliated with NYC Men Teach, a program which aims to recruit specifically men of color to become Educators in New York City’s public schools. He enjoys reading, walking, taking pictures, and watching comedy shows and movies.
Madeleine Brennan (she/they) is a student at Binghamton University studying Human Development with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Madeleine always loved working in politics and thinks voting is the easiest way to exercise civil rights as an American citizen. Madeleine thinks all politics are important, from the local to the global level, and everyone can and should be included. Madeleine hopes to be able to garner excitement and enthusiasm for voting and our political system and use this experience to one day to defend human rights around the world.
Katelyn Whetsel is student at Bowling Green State University studying AYA Life and Chemistry Science Education. Katelyn’s passion for civic engagement was cultivated through her volunteer experiences in schools and libraries, where she learned the power of young people’s voices and actions. After graduation Katelyn hopes to become a teacher and work to empower the students in her school on the importance of their voice. Katelyn is excited to motivate the BG community to learn, become more civically engaged, and be willing to have civil discussions about important issues. Katelyn is thrilled and honored to be an Andrew Goodman Ambassador.
Hannah Boyle is a student at Bowling Green State University double majoring in English Literature and Theatre. She has always loved being a part of a community and learning more about how to stay engaged with the community and world around her. Upon graduation, Hannah hopes to continue to graduate school and receive an MA in Theatre and a PhD in English. She enjoys helping others get engaged with their community and democracy and is very excited to be an Andrew Goodman Ambassador.
Kelly Schmidt completed her undergraduate studies in Social Science and American Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Steven Point. She dove into youth and community engagement work in the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer, which then brought her to Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to pursue a Masters of Science in Social Administration. Her passion lies in community and youth development so as Campus Champion, she's excited to be a part of student voter engagement efforts while in her current role as Coordinator at CWRU's Center for Civic Engagement & Learning.
Thalia Butts (she/her) is majoring in mass communications with a concentration in journalism and a minor in creative writing at Claflin University.
While matriculating at Claflin University, she has served in a variety of leadership positions across the campus, including the Student Government Association, Claflin University Association of Black Journalists, Panther S.T.E.P.S Peer Mentor Program, ACT Honors College, and the Freshmen College. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Thalia currently serves locally in the Gamma Chi chapter, on a regional level as the South Carolina State Facilitator, and on a national level as a member of the 2020-2021 Leadership DELTA cohort. While at Claflin, she was blessed many times with opportunities to travel to and study abroad in Japan, South Korea, Poland, and Finland.
She also worked as a Poll Defender with the MTV +1 the Polls initiative in Fall 2020 toward ensuring Claflin students had safe access to a polling place to exercise their right to vote.
After graduation, Thalia plans to pursue a Master of Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, and then to secure full-time employment as a UX writer before retiring to become a midwife and farmer. As an alumna, she also hopes to travel frequently and be able to serve and contribute to her beloved Claflin University.
Zhariah Walker, a native of Hopkins, SC, is in the Alice Carson Tisdale honors college at the illustrious Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. She is a Finance major, with a minor in Spanish and apart of multiple organizations on campus including the campus’ chapter of the NAACP, and currently serves as an executive assistant on the Student Government Association. Beyond campus life, Zhariah is very involved in the Orangeburg community; she has initiated and founded a mentoring and literacy program for young girls at a local elementary school near the University’s campus. Since a young child, Zhariah has always been very faith-oriented and driven to giving back to the community. She lives by the scripture 1 Timothy 4:12 which reads “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” Following graduation, Zhariah anticipates enrolling in a dual-degree law program earning an M.B.A in International Business and a Juris Doctorate to pursue a career in Sports and Entertainment Law.
Terrance Middleton, a native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a junior business administration major and marketing minor who attends the historical Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Terrance serves in numerous organizations on and off campus. He serves as the president of the Claflin University Chapter of NAACP and Parliamentarian for the Claflin University Student Government Association. Terrance’s life commitment is to his family, his community, and his future alma mater. He strives in life by helping others who need it the most, specializing in the effectiveness of not only young African Americans but of those who are seemingly overlooked. Terrance has made ground shaking movement on the campus by inviting presidential candidates to the campus through his organizations, hosting forums for the betterment of African Americans and minorities, giving back to local community organizations, and serving in his fullest potential regardless of the circumstances.
Janiah Henry, hailing from Middle Georgia, began her freshman year of college during her junior year of high school. She began her first year at Clark Atlanta University as a sophomore. She is interested in law and shaping public policy and is majoring in Political Science. Her highest aspirations are to be a District Attorney and later a woman of the U.S. Congress. Her experience as an African American woman with racial microaggressions, classroom neglect, voter suppression, and witnessing poverty and the school-to-prison pipeline destroy her community sparked her interest in serving her community through law. In high school, Janiah served as a member and ambassador of a civic engagement girls empowerment group by the name of New Vision MSK; with New Vision MSK Janiah worked to increase voting rights, voter registration, and voter turnout during election season. Janiah also served as a head intern on the first African American Woman District Attorney-Elect Anita Howard Campaign team. Janiah also served as a campaign administration for Elizabeth Johnson's Congressional Campaign. In the future, she hopes to attend law school to continue her work systemically helping her community and strengthening her platform for better civic engagement while holding her public offices.
Christina B. Williams is a Philadelphia, PA native and a rising senior at Clark Atlanta University where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as a Provost Academic Excellence and Dean's List scholar. She is a leader in the student civic engagement space and has extensive experience serving in various elected student government positions as well as founding and presiding over several campus clubs and initiatives. Christina has held fellowships and internships with several nationally recognized civic organizations including The Andrew Goodman Foundation, Campus Vote Project, Public Citizen, the ACLU of Georgia, and Rock the Vote. She has also been highlighted by a number of media outlets including The National Journal, The Washington Post, and NPR. Christina aspires to attend law school following her undergraduate studies in order to become an attorney and utilize the law as a tool to defend the civil rights & civil liberties of marginalized communities.
Originally from Yonkers, NY, Patrick Mehler is a student in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University with concentrations in alternative dispute resolution and leadership. He is the inaugural President of Cornell Votes and coordinates the organization's multi-prong approach to increasing voter participation and civic engagement at Cornell and in Ithaca, NY. Outside of Cornell Votes, Patrick also leads within the Scheinman Conflict Resolution Club, ILR Ambassadors, Club Sports Council, Cornell Bowling, Cornell Catholic, STAY Tutoring, and ILR Chatter Squad.
Dr. Jeff Benjamin is a native of Pensacola, FL, and a graduate of the Booker Taliaferro Washington High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Master's in College Student Personnel Administration. Understanding that education is key to moving the community forward, he obtained a Doctorate degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education, with an emphasis in African American male retention. It is his hope that he creates pathways for students to reach their goals and catapult them to be the leaders of the new school. His passion is to help people find their purpose to excel and achieve their dreams. Currently, he serves as the Director for Academic Center for Excellence at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, where he promotes student success by creating programs that help students identify strategies to become successful in college. Dr. Benjamin has also spent time at Dillard creating and spearheading the male initiative, designed to foster better graduation rates among men of color attending school. Additionally, he has been able to help students become more involved in the democratic process by encouraging them to vote and change the world.
Jamya Robinson is a student at Dillard University. In addition to being a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, she is also the co-founder of Students of Color Against Gender Violence, a member of the university's Mock Trial Team, and a Thompson/Cook Honors Scholar.
Alex Dennis is the Assistant Director for Curricular Programs in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at East Carolina University. He currently oversees leadership and civic engagement programs with curricular components at ECU, including Citizen U (student version of a citizens academy), the Williams Leadership Award Program, democratic and voter engagement efforts on campus, and the planning of our four national days of service. Prior to his time working in student affairs, Alex worked as an academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences at ECU and prior to that he worked as a high school social studies teacher. He received his MS in Counselor Education from East Carolina University and his BS in Social Science Education from Appalachian State University.
Amrina Rangar is a student at East Carolina University and is studying Biology and History. In addition to being an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Amrina is an active member of the environmental club, ReLeaf, and a member of the Honors College. She is looking forward to inspiring the students at East Carolina to become more civically engaged as well as encouraging her fellow students to exercise their right to vote.
Bob Frigo is the Associate Director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at Elon University.
Trevor Molin is a Political Science and Economics double major from Wake Forest, NC. On campus, Trevor is involved in Student Government, Elon Volunteers, and a number of advisory committees and councils. He is looking forward to work with AGF to promote civic engagement on Elon’s campus and beyond!
Carly Henry spent four years working for Georgetown’s Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs before joining GU Politics. During this time, she earned her MBA from the McDonough School of Business. Prior to working at Georgetown, Carly worked with Keppler Speakers Bureau in their University and Performing Arts division, where she worked with institutions around the country to bring top speakers from business, world affairs, politics, entertainment, education, literature, sports, and leadership to their campuses. Before beginning her career in Washington, D.C., she worked for a nonprofit in Florida and served as National Journal’s convention coordinator during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Carly received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of South Florida and her MBA from Georgetown University.
Hailing from Modesto, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, Shelby Benz is a student enrolled in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Although her academic pathway is uncertain, she is eager to continue learning, exploring, and trying new things throughout her four years living in the nation’s capital. Shelby has a passion for helping people, mobilizing others for causes rooted in compassion, and tackling institutionalized ills through public policy and social advocacy. Shelby is excited to be a part of the GU Votes team and part of a movement to cultivate a more civically engaged youth community. Outside of her studies, Shelby is a member of the women’s rowing team, and enjoys planning fundraisers, meeting new people, and being politically active.
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Natalie Long is a student at Georgetown University. She is majoring in History and Government with a minor in Spanish. Natalie is thrilled to be part of the GU Votes team and an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, as her passion for voting rights is fueled by her belief that our democracy only works when everyone is able to have their voice heard. Outside of GU Votes, Natalie is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and enjoys traveling, playing with her dog, and watching the Hoyas basketball team.
From Nashville, Tennessee, Sarah Bryant is a student in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Studying International Politics with a minor in Latin American Studies, her passion for policy and civic engagement drew her to GU Votes during her first semester on campus. Since volunteering to register students to vote for the 2018 midterm elections, Sarah has sought out more ways to get involved with improving the voting culture at Georgetown. She is thrilled to be part of the GU Votes team as a campus Ambassador.
Byron Jones is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and a proud product of the educational system in Georgia. Byron currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Student Civic Engagement office. Prior to assuming this role, Byron has served in various capacities at several University System of Georgia (USG) institutions including admissions recruiter and counselor, international recruiter, and student advisor just to name a few. Byron received a B.A. from Morehouse College and his M.Ed. from Mercer University. He is currently a doctoral student in Higher Education Leadership with an anticipated graduation date in December 2019.
Byron is a former Fulton County Youth Commissioner where he developed a passion for service and giving back to communities both locally and internationally. He currently serves on various nonprofit boards and is a member of a plethora of volunteer organizations. Additionally, he serves as an on-campus advisor for the following student organizations Big Brothers Big Sister, C.L.O.U.T., Hands on Atlanta, Panther Breakaway, and the YMCA. Byron is an ethical leader who models daily what he wants from the students he serves at Georgia State University and he encourages everyone to get involved and Make a STATEment.
Michael Evans is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University. He teaches undergraduate courses on American government and constitutional law, and graduate courses on teaching politics and civic skills at the college level. He is author of an American government textbook and conducts research on teaching effectiveness. He also leads a GSU project lab called "PACTL: Project on the Advancement of Civic Teaching and Learning." Students in that lab help Dr. Evans produce and curate teaching materials for civic educators in an effort to empower more young Americans with the skills and knowledge they need to participate effectively and responsibly in American democracy. Dr. Evans holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Political Science from Western Washington University (WWU), and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from WWU.
Rae Parks is a nursing student at Georgia State University's Decatur campus with a passion for politics and commitment to social change. Born and raised in Atlanta, she is inspired by the many civil rights activists and leaders who dedicated their lives to progressing the city and making their mark in Atlanta's local history. When she is not studying, she is reading, writing, or painting her heart out.
Hermela Assefa is an Andrew Goodman Ambassador at Georgia State's Dunwoody Campus. She is studying Public Policy with ambitions to work in the State Department. Her passion for eliminating barriers to voting and ensuring safe elections inspired her to join the Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere program. Outside of Vote Everywhere, she enjoys reading science-fiction novels.
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 efforts.
Zack Johnson is a student at Iowa State University majoring in Political Science and Data Science and minoring in Economics. He is involved on campus in research within the Political Science Department, as a Community Advisor within the residence halls, plays tuba in Iowa State's tuba/euphonium studio as well as sousaphone and bass guitar in ISU's marching band and pep band. Zack is passionate about seeking out the answers to why STEM students vote at such a low rate and doing things that will help to buck this trend.
Hayat Sumael is a member of the Class of 2021 at Iowa State University studying Criminal Justice and Women's and Gender Studies.
Leah Cassellia 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.
Robert Couch is Langston University student from Kansas City, Kansas majoring in Computer Science. He began his experience at Langston as a member of the marching band, playing Trombone. During his sophomore year, he served on the Student Advisory Board for the state of Oklahoma. On campus, Robert is Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Business. He is also a Spring ’20 Initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Membership Chair of NAACP, Trombone Section Leader, and a Director of Civic Affairs for the Student Government Association.
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.
Mia LeJeune is a student at Louisiana State University pursuing a degree in Political Communications with a minor in History from the Manship School of Mass Communication and is also part of the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and is the former President of March for Our Lives - Baton Rouge. Recently Mia was named a 2020 Louisiana Governor’s Fellow. As a Fellow, she has been working with the Department of Children and Family Services on First Lady Donna Edwards’ Louisiana Fosters initiative. Mia is looking forward to serving her campus as an Ambassador and is honored to live out the legacy of Andrew Goodman.
Sydney McGovern is a student at Louisiana State University pursuing a dual degree in political communication from the Manship School of Mass Communication and Spanish from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also a member of the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College. In addition to serving as the Vice President for Geaux Vote LSU, she serves as a Manship Ambassador and a mentor at the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition. Sydney is a clarinet player and Social Outreach Team member for LSU’s 325-member Tiger Band. As a member of the Manship School Statehouse Bureau, she reports on the Louisiana Legislature for over 50 news outlets throughout the state. Sydney is honored to continue Andrew Goodman’s legacy by expanding voter registration and promoting civic engagement in her community.
Dr. Robert S. Smith is the Harry G. John Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach at Marquette University. His research and teaching interests include African American history, civil rights history, and exploring the intersections of race and law. Dr. Smith is the author of Race, Labor & Civil Rights; Griggs v. Duke Power and the Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity. Prior to joining Marquette University, Dr. Smith served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Inclusion & Engagement and Director of the Cultures & Communities Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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.
Alba Castellanos is a student at Mesa Community College majoring in Social Work. She was drawn to Social Work career because of her passion for helping others. Throughout her life, she has worked at many different jobs as a mail carrier, teacher, case manager, and caregiver. She also started “Alba’s Delights,” an ice cream business. She has a strong sense of empathy, making it easy for her to build a relationship with people. She loves to give without expecting to receive and likes to serve because she feels that is a part of nurturing others.
She emigrated to this country from Honduras and made it a top priority to become an American citizen. One of the things she loves about this country is that its citizens through voting can have a direct, positive impact on society. She believes it is very important to help and educate others, especially young people, letting them know that they can make a change in their communities by using their right to vote. She is passionate about encouraging young people to learn the importance of being involved and fully participating in this important civic event.
Zachary Glembin earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a master’s degree from the Clinton School of Public Service at University of Arkansas. During college, Zach lived in the Multicultural Learning Community, a university initiative that brought diverse groups of students together to learn about social justice and civic engagement. National service changed the trajectory of Zach's life and career.
After earning his bachelor’s degree, he joined AmeriCorps, and then served in various leadership positions including Team Leader, Program Manager, and Program Director (in both Milwaukee and Miami) with the national educational non-profit, City Year – including two years at North Miami Senior High. While in grad school, Zach completed an international service project consulting for a social entrepreneurship accelerator in Thailand, and served as a delegate for a Model Arab League Conference in Morocco. Prior to joining MDC, Zach served as a Program Officer with The Children's Trust of Miami-Dade County, partnering with community based organizations that work directly with children and families, ensuring contract compliance and quality programming.
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.
Carla Santamaria is a graduate of Miami Dade College and returns with many years of experience promoting civic learning, engaged citizenship, and democratic involvement. She is a strong believer in the importance of reflection as a tool of learning and growth for students and experienced professionals alike. Prior to joining the team, Carla held multiple roles at the University of Miami, working to promote leadership development, civic engagement, and service-learning. She is a two-time AmeriCorps alumna, serving with both the VISTA and state programs.
Her passion for civic engagement has taken Carla on internships, volunteer opportunities, and countless events engaging local, state, and national elected officials. Carla is the recipient of the Florida International University School of International and Public Affairs Service Excellence Award and the Florida Campus Compact VISTA Member Recognition award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. She earned a Master of Science degree focused on community and social change from the University of Miami, where her research focused on non-traditional students’ conceptualization and implementation of civic engagement activities.
Evan Gates is a student majoring in Business Economics with a double minor in Political Science and Mathematics. He is a Presidential Fellow and a Farmer Business Scholar. On campus, he is Parliamentarian of the Associated Student Government and holds leadership roles in several other organizations. His experiences have brought him a belief in the power of community outreach and making change locally through including all voices in the political process. He is passionate about what The Andrew Goodman Foundation represents for civic opportunity and is thankful to be able to better his University.
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.
Jalen Curry is a political science and urban studies major at Morehouse College from Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is the president of the New Deal Democrats, a campus organization that aims to demystify the democratic process. Jalen also serves as presidential ambassador to the college. He looks forward to getting more people involved in all aspects of the political process.
Brandon L. Daye is an Agribusiness and Supply Chain Management double major student under the highly acclaimed Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics and College of Agriculture and Environmental Systems at North Carolina A&T State University. During his tenure at North Carolina A&T, he's held leadership positions in various organizations on campus. Most notably, SGA Senate Chairperson for the Campus Life Committee, Lead of the GOTV & Excitement Workgroup for the University Wide Civic Engagement Coalition, and Development Coordinator of the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement L.E.A.D.s. Mr. Daye is beginning his 2nd year an Andrew Goodman Ambassador for North Carolina A&T and he is overly excited to continue his goal of continuously educating and promoting the power of voter, social, and civic engagement. Upon graduation, Brandon hopes to obtain his MBA from Howard University, MISE from Florida A&M University, and PhD from Hampton University. Throughout the work of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, he promises to ensure 100% campus engagement, registration, and voting. Brandon preaches the great words of Barack Obama, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Dr. Stanley Ebede serves as the Director of the Center for Civic and Community Engagement at Northampton Community College. He earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. In his current role, he develops strategies that assist students to be agents of change in local and global communities.
Samadi Tavarez is a student at Pace University, where she majors in Political Science and plans to minor in Peace and Justice Studies. Back home in South Florida, when she attended Charles W. Flanagan, she was the founder and President of the Financial Literacy (FinLit) Club. She shared her passion for equipping low-income students of color with the skills and knowledge they need to handle their finances effectively. Additionally, Samadi was an executive board member for the Political Awareness and Civic Engagement (PACE) club, a non-partisan politically-oriented student organization devoted to engaging the student body in the political process. Similar to her in the PACE Club, Samadi’s mission with AGF is to inspire Pace students to actively engage with their community and learn how to combat social justice issues they care most about. She is honored to be an Andrew Goodman Ambassador and continue his work towards a just democracy.
Marisa Medici is an undergraduate student at Pace University pursuing a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies. Her enduring commitment to public service is rooted in her participation in Model United Nations and her work with the Upper Mohawk Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association throughout high school. Based on her previous experiences as a Co-Founder of a youth civic engagement and volunteerism organization (UNA-USA GenUN), she recognized the importance of youth involvement in communities. Marisa continues her initiatives by volunteering in her community with various organizations centered around food security and education. She plans to translate these social justice issues into her civic engagement work as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador. Marisa is eager to uplift student voices by supporting her peers through the process of voting and uncovering the causes that are important to them.
Kala Washington is a criminal justice major with a minor in behavioral and political sciences. She graduated from Independence High School in Frisco, TX, but as a proud military kid, she has called places all over the world home! She is a radiant individual with a servant's heart! As a campus leader, civic engagement has been of her utmost concern since she arrived on campus in the Fall of 2018. She wants to be the change that she wishes to see and knows that Prairie View can accomplish greatness just as the pioneer alumni before her did in 1979!
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.
Naz Tiyaloglu is a student and political science major at Ramapo College, who is also minoring in economics, public policy, and civic & community engagement. Along with being an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, she is the Alternate Student Governor of the Student Government Association and the Vice President of her Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. Naz has a strong passion for government and is an advocate for mental health, affordable healthcare, voting rights, and more. She will be pursuing law school and hopes to be a member of Congress one day to aid her home state of New Jersey on an even larger scale.
Keren Ortega is a business management major and environmental studies minor at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is currently president of 1STEP, a club dedicated to sustainability and the environment. She is also the Alternative Break student coordinator, where she helps organize weeklong trips dedicated to community service. During her free time, Keren enjoys bullet journaling, hiking, and watching crime shows like Law and Order SVU and Brooklyn 99.
Dr. A. J. Stovall is a non-compromising social activist, educator, author, and lecturer. Stovall has committed his life and career to addressing and researching issues dealing with African American Politics, Economics, Education, and Culture. Stovall has been on the firing line, advocating social change, for more than 40 years. Stovall has been a key figure in directing and coordinating specialized minority, community and student programs and services. He earned the Ph.D. degree, Union Institute University, in Urban Studies (Black Politics); MA degree, Atlanta University, African American Studies; MS degree; Tennessee State University, Education Administration; and BA degree, University of Dubuque, History Psychology and Secondary Education. Presently, Stovall chairs the Division of Social Science, is Professor of Political Science and coordinates the Rust College International Program. Stovall serves on various community and academic based Boards, including the Association for Black Culture Centers and the Southern Association of African American Studies, Inc.
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.
Elise Sturgeon is a student at Simpson College double majoring in Political Science and Applied Philosophy with a minor in Spanish and a certification in the Honors Program. She is involved in speech and debate, theatre, and is a Culver Public Policy Fellow. Elise is from Sioux City, Iowa and has always been interested in politics. She interned on her first campaign during the 2014 midterm elections and has had a passion for political organizing ever since. In the future, Elise wants to continue working in politics and empowering Iowa voters.
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.
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.
Erin Byers is a student 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 an 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.
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.
Katherine (Kate) Treadgold is an International Relations and Geography major from Albany, New York. She is most interested in sustainability and one day hopes to become an environmental lawyer. At SUNY Geneseo, Kate is the treasurer of the Beekeeping Club where she helps to promote sustainability on campus and manages two honeybee hives. In 2019 the Beekeeping Club won the annual Campus Sustainability Leadership Award for their work. Kate is also the event planner for the Geneseo College Democrats and a member of the Livingston County Democrat Board where she serves on the Geneseo Town Democrat Committee. Kate sees the potential impact young people could have on our political system if they voted in large numbers and believes that in the future this can happen.
Dr. Delores Butler has a non-profit organization that focuses on empowering and cultivating spiritual connectedness among children, youth and families, through a holistic approach to promote physical health, mental awareness, social relationships and spiritual unity to advance knowledge of self.
Anissia Sherelle Fleming is a student majoring in Political Science. On campus, Anissia serves as the Executive Assistant to the President of the 81st Student Government Association. She too is a member of her school’s Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Team. As an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, she hopes to educate the students on TSU’s campus to the best of her ability about everything voting related because it’s imperative that they know more than just what’s needed for a presidential election. Outside of school, Anissia enjoys spending time with her family and listening to music!
Dr. Stephanie Krauth is the Associate Vice President of Student Engagement at Texas Woman’s University. She has been in the student affairs profession for over 30 years in various areas, including Residence Life, Greek Life, Orientation, and Student Conduct. As AVP for Student Engagement, Dr. Krauth focuses on the leadership and engaged citizenship development of the students at Texas Woman’s University. TWU was thrilled to be able to present its civic engagement initiatives at the 2019 CLDE conference and is designated as a Voter Friendly Campus and All-In Democracy Challenge institution.
Cassandra Gonzales is a Political Science major at Texas Woman’s University with an emphasis in Politics. She is passionate about encouraging civic engagement and fighting for social reform both on campus and in her community. She enjoys participating in community service and contributing time to political campaigns and marches. After graduation, she intends to go to graduate school and earn her doctorate in Political Science in order to continue to advocate for change.
Fiama Villagrana Ocasio is a student at Texas Woman’s University studying Political Science and minoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Spanish. Fiama is originally from Houston, Texas where she is involved in various social justice movements, especially those affecting the Latinx and LGBTQ+ community. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, catching up on podcasts, and writing. In the future, she hopes to return to Houston to promote civic engagement and work for a non-profit.
Mrs. Arna Shines is excited about being the new Andrew Goodman Campus Champion for Tougaloo College. She looks forward to supporting and contributing to the efforts to ensure that the spirit and tradition of civic engagement continues at Tougaloo College.
Precious Thompson is a student majoring in English at the historic Tougaloo College. She is a 2020 UNCF/Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Precious is also a member of the Gamma Omicron chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is involved in various organizations across campus including but not limited to: Pre-Law Society (where she serves as the Public Policy Committee Chair), Tougaloo Ambassadors and Meritorious Scholars, and Pre-Alumni Council. Her future plans include attending a dual degree JD/Ph.D program. She plans to teach literature collegiately while continuing her research on the experiences of black women in the carceral system. She hopes to use her JD to provide free legal advice to underprivileged and vulnerable persons. Precious is committed to serving her community and improving the lives of those around her.
Luis Sierra is a student affairs professional from Miami, Florida. He strives 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.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Makenna Law is a student at Tufts University studying biopsychology and STS. Makenna is passionate about engaging students in the democratic process, from the ballot box to civic education. She is honored and excited to be serving as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, hoping to continue to increase civic engagement and ensure that young people feel their voice matters on campus and beyond.
Alejandra Carrillo is a student at Tufts University majoring in International Relations. A Los Angeles native, Alejandra has been politically active inside and outside her community since high school. She is an Events Team Leader for JumboVote and a Tisch Scholar. As an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Alejandra seeks to empower youth voices and increase civic engagement at Tufts University and beyond.
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).
Alli Swann is a student at the University of Alabama double majoring in political science and English with a minor in social innovation and leadership. As a University Fellow, member of The Blackburn Institute, and proud Honors College student, Alli is passionate about civic engagement, leadership, and service on campus and in her community. Following her graduation from UA, Alli hopes to attend law school. Honored to serve as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Alli is eager to work alongside UA’s team to make sustainable change and leave a positive impact on her campus.
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.
Dr. Sandra Bass joined the Center in January 2015. As Director, she provides leadership to the Center and support to its team. Sandra received her PhD in political science at Berkeley and her doctoral research explored police behavior, community organizing, and the dynamics between police and communities of color in Oakland and Seattle. Upon completing her program, she was appointed as assistant professor of Criminology and Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she integrated service learning into both her undergraduate and graduate courses. In 2002 Sandra joined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and in 2010 she was selected to lead the Foundation’s girl’s education, women’s leadership, and reproductive health program in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2012, Sandra volunteered for the Obama campaign in the battleground states of Nevada and Colorado, and later, was appointed executive director of Teach With Africa. Sandra holds a BA from San Jose State University, and an MA and PhD from UC Berkeley, all in political science. She also serves on the regional Board of the Jefferson Awards Foundation, the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, and is the immediate past Board Chair of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland.
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.
Emma Davis is a student at the University of Central Arkansas majoring in Political Science and minoring in Legal Studies. She is an active member of the UCA Chapter of the NAACP and an active member of UCA Young Democrats of America. She developed a passion for politics in high school after attending ALA Arkansas Girls State and Arkansas Governor's School. She realized that people have power to change the systems around us and that it is up to the people to do it. In Summer 2020, she was selected to be a part of the Governor of Arkansas' Task Force for the Improvement of Law Enforcement following the murders of Breonna Taylor, Amaud Arbery, and George Floyd. She was able to regulate training, accountability measures, and community interaction with law enforcement among many other things while serving on the task force.
Purvi Patel joined the IOP in February 2019 as the Director of Civic and Campus Engagement. In this role, she advises the IOP’s Civic Engagement student leadership, builds relationships with community partners, and works on civic engagement program development and strategy. Previously, Purvi worked as an administrator in diversity and student life at Washington University in St. Louis, Loyola University Maryland, and Oberlin College. Purvi is from Dallas, Texas and graduated with a B.A. in History from Loyola University Chicago, and a M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.
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.
Formerly the communications director of the Florida Sea Grant College Program, Dorothy Zimmerman has been a communications professional at the University of Florida since 1999. Her professional and personal accomplishments demonstrate an enduring interest in advancing citizens’ awareness of issues, increasing their ability to make knowledgeable decisions and engage with their community. Dorothy leads a communications program that continues to increase the visibility of the Bob Graham Center programs, engage students with opportunities for civic participation, and build relationships with key audiences. She is also an active member of Rotary International and a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute.
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.
Abrelle Negrete is an Honors Education Major at the University of La Verne and is 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 an Andrew Goodman Ambassador. She hopes to get students involved, not just in spirit, but politically within the community, state, and even the country.
Kaley Ann Ponce is a Communications Major and Marketing Minor at the University of La Verne. She is involved in the Residence Hall Association as Vice President and is a member of the sorority Sigma Kappa. Having been a poll worker twice before, she is very much looking forward to helping more people get the opportunity to vote through The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Kathy Meyer is a Coordinator of Student Leadership for the Office of Student Involvement at the University of Louisville. She coordinates leadership and service opportunities for students and serves as advisor to the Engage, Lead, Serve Board, Freshmen LEAD, and Task Force Freshmen programs.
Alexis Daniel is a student at the University of Louisville, double majoring in Criminal Justice and Social Work. During her time on campus, Alexis has stayed active in her school community by serving on the Honors Student Council, being a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and engaging with her peers in the Social Justice Living Learning Community. In her role as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, Alexis hopes to improve voter access in her local community, as well as spread awareness and education about politically relevant issues. She is very excited to begin her work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation and witness the continued positive impact that this organization has on her campus!
Wyn Garfinkle Plymesser is a student at the University of Louisville, majoring in Communication with a minor in Jewish Studies. During her time at UofL, Wyn has been involved in a variety of organizations, in differing leadership positions; she is currently the president of UofL’s Hillel, PR Chair of her service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, and an Ambassador for Ban Conversion Therapy KY. Wyn believes that our vote is our voice, and every election is our opportunity to have our voices heard. As a queer Jewish woman, she believes that voting is how we can all stand up to oppressive systems that are currently in place. Just like her vote, every other vote matters. She is beyond excited to be an Andrew Goodman Ambassador and cannot wait to see UofL become an even more voter-friendly campus!
Erin Byrnes 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.
Katelyn Winstead is a student at the University of Mississippi with a double major in Philosophy and Public Policy Leadership. She is a Sally McDonald-Barksdale Honors College Scholar and previously transferred from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Katelyn was a regional and chapter officer for the two-year Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa, at her community college; she then moved on to join the Andrew Goodman Campus Team upon her arrival at Ole Miss. In her free time, Katelyn works as a runner at a local law firm and volunteers for various causes within the Oxford and Ocean Springs communities. Katelyn aspires to attend a dual Public Policy and Law Degree Program so that she may pursue various career opportunities in both the law and public policy sectors; as a person who is highly passionate about politics and policy, Katelyn feels that it is absolutely necessary to fight for progressive change and social justice in our ever-changing society.
Caroline Leonard is a student at the University of Mississippi majoring in Chemical Engineering and International Studies and minoring in Arabic. She hopes to help increase civic involvement and political literacy on campus through her role as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador by increasing voter education and turnout.
Faustine Sun 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.
Angeline is the Campus Champion at the University of San Francisco and oversees the University'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 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. Angie is a seasoned organizer and community development and policy strategist with over ten years of experience working on social justice, civic engagement, and equity issues. A native of Texas, she currently lives in San Francisco.
Kallie Barrie is a Politics major with a minor in Health Studies at the University of San Francisco. She was born in Portland, Oregon and moved to San Francisco for college. She has worked with the Food as Medicine Collaborative in San Francisco on a policy initiative to include better food access into Medi-Cal Funding for culturally appropriate and equitable food access across the state of California. She hopes to attend Law School after she graduates and work in Health Law and Policy and further this work in expansion of Medicare to include all people as well as increase mental health care accessibility.
Sofia Sanchez is a politics major and legal studies minor. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco for school where she has been interning in San Francisco's District 6 for Matt Haney. She has worked on vaccine rollout, accessibility to COVID-19 testing, and issues regarding housing and homelessness. She hopes to attend law school to integrate her background as a first-generation college student and her experiences. She believes that expanding voter registration, accessibility, and education are the best ways to take the first step in being proactive in politics.
Allison Clark Ellis, Ph.D., is the Civic Engagement Coordinator and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her teaching and research focuses on American politics, and specifically political behavior, campaigns and elections, and political parties.
Makenzie Duncan is a Political Science major and Pre-Law minor at the University of South Carolina Upstate with hopes of attending law school. Makenzie is the President of Engage at Upstate, an organization dedicated to improving civic engagement on campus in partnership with The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is passionate about political activism and participation. Her long term goal is to work with nonprofits whose work is aimed at providing legal services to marginalized communities.
Milan Washington is a native Washingtonian majoring in Biology at the University of the District
of Columbia. Washington is working towards becoming a veterinarian and hopes to own an animal hospital and shelter one day. In addition to school, she is involved in the Media Ministry, helping with the video equipment during Sunday services, and administrative services for her church. Milan is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
Jonas Warner is a Political Science major at the University of Utah with a minor in Art History Studies. Throughout his political engagement experience, Jonas has gained leadership positions such as executive head of his city’s youth council and speaker of the house for his high school’s student congress, as well as a leadership position in his university’s Public Lands advocacy group. With a passion for youth civic involvement, Jonas has led multiple efforts in his school to create lasting political change in the community through the creation of the Timpanogos Alliance for Social Change (TASC), a student activist group focused on mobilizing students under the voting age to create efforts in building a safer community for all.
Sydney Kincart is majoring in political science with an emphasis in public policy. She’s pursuing a double minor in disability studies and campaign management. She writes for her school paper and is actively involved in volunteering through the campus service center. Her interest in politics began during the fifth grade civics unit and her time serving as a United States Senate Page solidified that ambition. She hopes to work in disability law, policy, and advocacy.
Lauren Harvey is a student at the University of Utah where she studies Ethnic Studies and Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Politics. She serves as a member of the Government Relations Board in student government and is a Service Scholar at the service center on campus. Her interest in politics flourished during the summer after her senior year of high school when she interned for former Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s office. She hopes to one day become a Supreme Court justice, and her friends call her “The Next RBG”.
Zachery Holder works with UW-Madison and community partners on nonpartisan Democratic Engagement and Civic Learning alongside the BadgersVote Coalition as the Voter Engagement and Civic Learning Coordinator. In his role, Zachery aims to increase and sustain student participation in the democratic process and support the institution in closing the racial gap in voting rates, through voter mobilization and civic education. Zachery comes from a background in University Housing working with learning communities emphasizing liberal arts, cultural awareness, and civic engagement.
Tamia Fowlkes is a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison majoring in Journalism and Political Science with certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Leadership. On campus, she serves as the Big 10 Voting Challenge Intern for the Morgridge Center of Public Service, as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Tamia serves as an Investigative Reporting Intern for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for The Wisconsin State Journal, Isthmus, and The Madison Commons. Driven by her passions for politics, education, and youth activism, Tamia co-created The Student Civic Immersion Program which aids high school students in crafting service projects centered around civic engagement and policy issues like environmental justice, racial equity, and voter suppression. She also co-hosts a podcast called Pod-Cast Your Vote which aims to mobilize and empower youth voters. All of her experiences have heightened her passions for politics, journalistic writing, and activism.
Shreya Bandyopadhyay is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studies Political Science and Legal Studies. She is an intern at the UW-Madison Social Justice Hub, as well as an ambassador for the Wisconsin chapter of The Women’s Network. Growing up in a politically active family in St. Louis, Missouri, she has always been passionate about politics. Her interests especially grew when she canvassed for the 2018 election and saw the impact she could have on the voting habits of others by simply engaging in an informed conversation.
Peggy James is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, and has been working on active citizenship, engagement, and voting for 30 years at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside. She has a PhD in Political Science, and has led the Election Experience on campus for three presidential elections. She is only one member of the Parkside team, and is constantly amazed at the energy that the team creates around active citizen engagement.
Alisson Anguiano Salas is an undergraduate student majoring in English and Political Science with a Law concentration and a minor in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside. She is a member of Latinos Unidos, Student Government, and Mock Trial as well as an SSS Success Coach and Writing Tutor at the PARC. Alisson has joined The Andrew Goodman Foundation to continue encouraging her peers to advocate for themselves and their communities through voting.
Rose Smyrski is the Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she provides strategic leadership for the six departments within the Division of University Relations. Smyrski serves on the chancellor’s executive leadership team as chief of staff for external affairs. She also acts as UW-Platteville’s legislative liaison, advocating on behalf of the university on federal, state, and local matters, as well as cultivating and building on existing relationships to advance the mission of the institution.
Smyrski has worked for the University of Wisconsin System in various capacities for a decade. Prior to this, she was chief of staff for a Wisconsin state senator for six years. Her federal experience includes six years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as liaison between researchers and federal, state, and local governments.
Smyrski earned her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management and Policy and a Master of Arts in Developmental Policy and Public Administration, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Logan goes to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he studies civil engineering. Engineering is very interesting to Logan, but he also enjoys politics. He currently is a part of UW Platteville’s Student Senate, and that's what led him to get involved in other roles like being an Andrew Goodman Ambassador. Becoming an Ambassador has helped Logan become a better leader and help him within his career.
Kurstin Frey a student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville majoring in business administration management and political science, as well as minoring in psychology. She serves as the Student Body Vice President through UW-Platteville's Student Senate and the chair of Presidents' Council, which is an organization consisting of the leadership from all student governance groups at the university. Kurstin became interested in politics in her late high school years and decided to pursue studying the topic in college, as well as joining several political student groups on campus. Kurstin loves to gain any political experience to further her knowledge and her own personal goals of one day working as a politician.
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.
Emily Leary is pursuing a major in Communication Arts and a minor in Creative Writing at VCUArts. After graduation, she plans to become a children’s book author and illustrator, as well as a studio artist. As an Ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation, she hopes to spread awareness of voting to her college peers through visual art. She believes that art is an incredible form of communication and wants to use it to share messages across campus.
Kyren Clemons is a Marketing major at Virginia State University. He has an extreme passion for voting and has seen the importance of expressing the right to vote well before he was able to himself. To Kyren, everything that deals with voting and getting the message out has a correlation to marketing. Therefore, he is glad to be able to combine two of his passions for a common goal. He is extremely honored to part of The Andrew Goodman Foundation's HBCU Cohort.
Amanda Hanson (she/her/hers) began working in higher education more than a decade ago as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She has her MA in College Student Development and Administration from Shepherd University. Through working in offices at four different campuses across the country, she extensive experience with engaging student leaders in the civic and community engagement process. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director for Student Community Engagement in the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at Western Carolina University. In this role, she is the advisor to the Student Democracy Coalition, a student-led, student-run non-partisan organization that has been has won national awards for their work to increase voting efforts on campus. Outside of higher education, she owns a small portrait photography business and enjoys spending time with her dog.
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.
Dr. Russell M. Frazier is an Orlando, Florida native, and he currently serves as Department Head of Political Science at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Frazier was recently honored in the Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, a nationally distributed publication recognizing exceptional members of our national community. He is also a former Southern Regional Education Board and Benjamin Lever Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Frazier is an active member of the American Political Science Association and an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). In addition to Dr. Frazier's professional and scholarly endeavors, he serves his community through many Xavier University community initiatives, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity incorporated, and recently served as a Board member for the New Orleans Court Appointed Special Advocates organization.
Prior to Dr. Frazier’s Xavier University faculty appointment, he served as a Western Kentucky University Post-Doctoral Fellow; Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director of Student Programs at Southern University and A & M College; and as the Director of Residence Life at Kentucky State University. He has a progressive and diverse career in higher education that spans almost 20 years. As a result, Dr. Frazier has published multiple articles concerning effective policy implementation, effectively taught complex course material, successfully directed complex administrative agencies, and managed successful academic programs.
Dr. Frazier began his B.A. studies at Kentucky State University where he completed his undergraduate degree in criminal justice. After working for the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, he earned his second degree from Kentucky State University: A Master of Public Administration. After serving several years as a public agency administrator, he earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a concentration in community development at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Frazier’s desire to understand the intricate mechanisms associated with community development is what led him to pursue this area of study.
Aside from Dr. Frazier’s community service and busy career demands, he also manages the responsibility of being a father to his son, Brandon Frazier. In his free time, he enjoys reading literature relative to his research interests: community development, policy implementation, policy evaluation, and organizational theory.
Jaleel Ross is a Political Science major from Lafayette, Louisiana. As an advocate for social justice both on his campus and in his community, Jaleel has served as the Vice President of his university's chapter of The College Democrats. While holding this position, Jaleel was able to engage, educate, and mobilize student voters in elections both on and off campus. Additionally, Jaleel has also been a part of various organizations geared toward service, leadership, and social justice on his campus.
Tia Alexander is a student at Xavier University of Louisiana pursuing a Political Science Pre-Law major with a minor in Philosophy. A native New Orleanian, she enjoys attending college in her city and remaining close to its culture and her family. In her free time, Tia enjoys running her Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta as its President, participating in AGF voter engagement efforts with her peers, and volunteering with CourtWatch NOLA. In the future, she hopes to attend law school.