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 at Alabama A&M Univeristy.
Mike Davis Jr is a Civil Engineering major from Montgomery Al. He is involved in the Honors Program, University Echoes, the Second Vice President of Collegiate 100, and the Student Government Association Executive President.
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.
Amani is from Washington D.C. and chose to become a part of this organization because she sees the need to have more political participants, especially those who are underrepresented in politics. She believes it’s important for people to have accurate information about candidates given how bias the media can be. People should have a reliable source of information that doesn’t influence who they choose to vote for.
Bintou Fofana is a rising junior at Allegheny College where she is pursuing a degree in International Studies with an area focus of West Africa (BA) along with a minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and a minor in French. Bintou’s passion and attentiveness in social justice and political science has allowed her to become an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, a participant in Allegheny’s Global Citizens Scholars program, a recipient of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives awards (for her work in anti-gun violence in the city of Philadelphia), and a host for her own podcast (Things Just Got Spicy🌶🔥). Bintou's goal as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador is to raise awareness about voter suppression/racial injustice and to encourage other students (especially students of color) to vote in local elections and elections in their hometown.
Ella is a junior studying Global Studies and International Letters and Cultures (Arabic Studies) in Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. She is originally from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, but moved to Tempe in order to study at a larger institution. Growing up in the age of social media, Ella became interested in information systems within public discourse and advocated for critical engagement with politicized topics. She worked as the Civic Engagement Chair for Changemaker Central (Tempe), where she created opportunities for ASU students to participate in civic engagement processes with the hope of increasing voter turnout in the next election. Being involved with the Next Generation Service Corps and an ASU/DOD funded research project, she utilizes curiosity, analytical skills, and insightful thinking to work towards an interconnected world. After finishing her education, Ella hopes to advise public policy around global cooperation through in-depth inquiries, including case study research and on-the-ground immersion.
Cicily Wilson has been at Bard College for 10 years with much of that time spent in the world of Student Affairs and recently joining its Center for Civic Engagement. Prior to working at Bard, Cicily's career centered on nonprofit management with a focus on public relations, community development and fundraising for many organizations including the Elie Wiesel Foundation, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and Girl Scouts. She hopes to use her skills in communications as well as student development to enhance student’s civic engagement journey at Bard through impactful connections with community partners.
Sarah deVeer began working for the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) in 2017 after earning her degree from Bard Annandale in Film and Electronic Arts, with a focus in documentary and community connections. Since then, she has been focusing on a variety of initiatives through the CCE, including education outreach, voter outreach, activism support, and community relation facilitation. A career highlight for Sarah was successfully obtaining a polling place on Bard's Annandale campus during the 2020 United States presidential election, after the institution had engaged in fighting for an on-campus polling place for 20 years.
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.
My name is Sierra Ford and I am sophomore attending Bard College. I am currently majoring in both political studies and sociology in the hopes that I can use my education to continue the work around educating today's youth on the most relevant and pressing political issues. Through my work with Election at Bard, I am fulfilling both a personal mission and a societal necessity as I work with a team to find ways in which we can increase youth representation in the American electorate. I look forward to bridging the gap between young collegiate voters and the American electoral process.
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.
My name is Jenna Vallone, and I will be a sophomore at Binghamton University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociocultural Studies Anthropology. I am from Long Island, New York and I live my parents, older sister Jordan and our 3 dogs. I am currently on the pre-law track and am interested in going into educational law or becoming a defense attorney.
Cherylle Dave is a third year at Bowling Green State University double majoring in Communication & Spanish. They are really excited to be involved with The Andrew Goodman Foundation through BGSU Votes and is hoping that the team can really increase the turnout of young voters this year. Voter engagement has been important to Cherylle since they worked as a PEO in elections throughout high school. Cherylle feels it is very important that everyone uses their voice in our democratic process through voting so that young people can create the country that we want to live in.
Ja'von Lyons is a fourth year Political Science Major at BGSU. He has always had an interest in the democratic processes of this country, and I'm honored to be apart of The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
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.
Teri Platt is a Community of Practice Fellow, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at Civic Nation.
Teri Platt, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and the Director of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program at Clark Atlanta University. She has over 15 years of higher education teaching experience in courses on American political institutions, public policy, urban politics and planning, and research methodology. Dr. Platt has a long-standing commitment to research and service in areas of civic engagement and community-based participatory research activities. She is currently a Faculty Affiliate with Data Science Initiative of the Atlanta University Center Consortium and the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University where she is a social science researcher and lead of the Community Engagement and Dissemination Core. Through her work with the CCRTD, Dr. Platt has received funding to explore the relationship between civic engagement, self-efficacy, and prostate health through the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Platt was a 2021-2022 Fellow with the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement at the University of California, Irvine where she evaluated student voter engagement at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). She is also the Faculty Champion for the Andrew Goodman Foundation HBCU Cohort; a Co-Designer with the Ask Every Student Initiative of the Students Learn, Students Vote coalition; a member of the Executive Council of the Students Learn, Students Vote Coalition; participant in the HBCU Community of Practice for the ALL IN Democracy Challenge; and Faculty Champion for the Democracy Fellows of the Campus Vote Project.
An active member of scholarly associations, Dr. Platt has served on committees and participated in the annual meetings of the American Society for Public Administration, Conference for Minority Public Administrators, Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Midwest Political Science Association, and American Political Science Association.
Dr. Platt resides in Atlanta with her family and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She provides additional service to the community through her church and the Atlanta Public Schools.
Anniya Washington is a Junior Criminal Justice major with a minor in Psychology. She is from Houston, Texas. After her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend law school to pursue a career as a prosecuting attorney and ultimately become a judge.
Alicia Wicks is a junior Criminal Justice major from Newark, New Jersey. After graduating from Clark Atlanta University, she plans on attending law school in D.C., and intends to become a Criminal Defense attorney and eventually open her own firm to provide expert legal jobs to HBCU Law Student graduates. Alicia is very active on campus and is the Co-Chair of CAU Votes, a student-led coalition created to increase civic participation amongst college students, specifically on Clark Atlanta's campus. She is also the 2nd Vice President of the National Council of Negro Women - Clark Atlanta University Section.
Lauren Sherman is a senior at Cornell University. She studies Government and minors in Public Policy and Law and Society. Lauren is passionate about voting rights and works on campus to further these goals through her efforts as Vice President of External Operations of Cornell Votes. She is so excited to join the AGF team to continue the fight for our civil rights.
Serena Wang is a junior at Cornell University majoring in Policy Analysis and Management and from Northern Virginia. Last summer, she interned at the U.S. House of Representatives. At Cornell, Serena is the VP of Internal Operations for Cornell Votes and is involved in various political and cultural clubs. She also conducts research for a Cornell Law School professor.
Isabel Mitchell-Starks is a sophomore Political Science major from the San Francisco Bay Area, currently studying at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. She is a member of PODUS: President's Organization of Dillard's Up-and-coming Superstars, and the co-founder of Off the Grid DU, a student-led initiative cultivated to forge social connections between commuter/remote students and their counterparts on campus with the goal to spur inclusive student engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Isabel aspires to follow a career track in diplomacy through the U.S. State Department for the purpose of serving as a foreign diplomat overseas at U.S. embassies in public engagement divisions. She then plans to go on to work at the United Nations. She is passionate about promoting universal pillars of social advocacy, humanitarianism, and community-building. She's thrilled to join the collective of change-makers and voter activists that are continuing the remarkable mission and legacy of the Andrew Goodman Foundation!
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.
Hi, my name is Jordyn Strupp. I am a junior at ECU majoring in Political Science and International Business, with a minor is Hispanic Studies. When I graduate I plan on attending law school to do contract law with non-profit organizations. I am originally from Asheville NC and I have a 1 year old German Shepherd named Max!
Alisa Brake is from Rocky Mount, NC. She is a senior at Elizabeth City State University. Alisa is an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, a Civic Engagement Ambassador and a Peer Wellness Ambassador who also helps in the Student Engagement and Leadership office.
Tonea Williams was born and raised in the state of North Carolina. She attends the illustrious Elizabeth City State University as a senior psychology major where she serves in various leadership roles on campus. After college her goal is to attend North Carolina State University with intentions of joining the PHD Psychology program and earning her PHD and starting her journey of opening up her own child and family counseling clinic. She has always had a heart to serve her community in the best ways possible like joining programs on campus.
Keosha Arnold is from Kinston, NC and is currently a Senior at ECSU and also a Social Work major. She plans to become a school social worker because she loves working with children and she believes she can help them express their feelings.
Bob Frigo is the Assistant Dean and Director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life at Elon University.
Bo Dalrymple is from Winston - Salem, NC, and is majoring in International & Global Studies and Political Science. Bo enjoys participating in Student Government, working on campus, and playing sports with his friends.
Molly is a Junior at Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences from Long Island, NY majoring in Sociology and minoring in Statistics and Education, Inquiry, and Justice. She has always had a passion for education, and has worked with Jumpstart over the past two years working in underserved preschool classrooms. Molly serves as the Director of Operations for GU Votes and hopes to pursue educational research in the future.
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.
My name is Paola Martinez (she/her/hers). I am currently studying political science at Iowa State University for my third year. I am originally from Denison, Iowa, and have always been interested in politics. I had hopes of becoming a lawyer, but I am now going into the research part of political science.
Alyssa Rodriguez is a fourth-year first-generation ISU student double majoring in Political Science and Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Public Relations. She is committed to improving systems for underserved communities by increasing equity and accessibility. She is passionate about advocating for quality education, healthcare, poverty alleviation, and voting rights. At ISU Alyssa has participated in the GO VOTE 2.0 Innovation Sprint, working as their DEI Manager. She has competed in pitch competitions, pitching passion projects to aide barriers face by ISU students with adverse experiences. She is in her fourth year on the Student Union Board Executive Team, where she has served as both President and Vice President roles. After graduation, Alyssa hopes to remain active in her community through her work and innovation before pursuing a Master’s Degree.
Elizabeth is a passionate political science major at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth works as a Votes Ambassador, and is passionate about working towards the most positive change in politics. She is proud to serve on Student Government Board, and spends any time she can outside of the classroom serving her campus community.
Hannah Williams is an Ambassador from Morrisville, Pennsylvania who attends Kutztown University, majoring in Political Science with Paralegal Studies and minoring in Sociology. They plan to work as a Paralegal in the field of environmental law, and possibly attend law school to become an attorney in the specialty. Hannah is passionate about civil rights, environmental protection, and LGBTQ rights, and hopes to encourage students to vote intentionally and effectively. Besides their school activities, Hannah enjoys playing Nintendo Switch games and taking care of their beloved cat, Sylvia.
Robert is a passionate civil rights activist and college student dedicated to fostering societal change. Currently pursuing a major in Computer Science, Robert actively engages in advocating for equality and fairness. Alongside his studies, he works fervently with a young men's organization, striving to empower communities by ensuring everyone has a voice in the democratic process. Robert's commitment to social justice and his proficiency in technology merge as he seeks innovative ways to promote inclusivity and accessibility in civic engagement.
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.
Lailah Williams was born in Dallas, TX and is a current junior at Louisiana State University. During the pandemic, Lailah gained her first campaign experiences working for a 2020 congressional campaign and PAC to elect Jon Ossoff to the Senate. Since then, Lailah has worked for multiple campaigns on finance teams that have fueled her love for political action.Through organizing on and off-campus, Lailah's love for civic engagement has allowed her to find new and creative ways to engage her peers!
Matthew is a senior at Louisiana State University from Thibodaux, Louisiana. He is an Ogden Honors College and Manship School student majoring in mass communication with a concentration in political communication and a minor in political science. He currently serves as the president of Geaux Vote LSU and an associate justice on the LSU Student Government University Court. He previously served as the chief of staff of the Student Government, as well as a member of the Student Senate. This year, he is working both as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador and as an intern for Office of Governor John Bel Edwards. After graduation, Matthew plans to attend law school.
Angelina (Angie) Sandoval works as the Intern Associate at Marquette University's Center for Urban Research, Teaching, & Outreach (CURTO), where she coordinates programming and supports Undergraduate Interns. Additionally, Angie conducts research under the Education Preparedness Program, an academic support and career-building resource for incarcerated and recently released students through CURTO. Angie’s research interests investigate challenges in education policy and criminal justice using historical and qualitative approaches, emphasizing the expertise of those impacted by these systems and policies. Angie holds an MA in Political Science from Marquette University and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Social Work and a Minor in Sociology.
Benjamin Linzy works as the Program Coordinator for Humanities Without Walls (HWW) in support of the $1.3 Million HWW grant project at Marquette University jointly developed between the HWW Consortium based at the Humanities Research Institute at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Marquette University. Additionally, Ben is the Budget Manager and Grants Specialist for the Education Preparedness Program, an academic support and career-building resource for incarcerated and recently released students through Marquette University's Center for Urban Research, Teaching, & Outreach (CURTO), in collaboration with partnering academic institutions and community organizations. As the Senior Researcher at CURTO, his research interests include international reactions to genocide, domestic right-wing terrorist movements, and transnational paramilitarism. Ben holds an MA in global history and an MS in criminal justice and is finishing his Ph.D. in History.
Alejandra Maya is the Civic Engagement Program Coordinator at Mesa Community College. Before coming to MCC, Alejandra completed her B.S at Barrett The Honors College at Arizona State University.
Lenliza Bamfield is a first-generation student with a fervent dedication to political science and advocacy, particularly focusing on issues affecting children, a passion that propels her academic pursuits. Hailing from a Caribbean background, she inherently values diversity and inclusivity, recognizing the richness they bring to society. This background fuels her commitment to civic engagement, firmly believing that being an active part of the solution is crucial, as passivity can inadvertently contribute to societal challenges. Lenliza approaches her studies and advocacy with a resolute dedication to making a positive impact and promoting a more inclusive and equitable world.
Josh Young has helped lead service-learning, civic engagement and community-campus partnerships with Miami Dade College since 1994. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia and master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from Florida State University. He served two tours with the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa and Paraguay, South America, and he ran summer community service programs for youth for four summers in the Dominican Republic with Visions International. Josh has been a national service-learning mentor with the American Association of Community Colleges and has extensive experience leading workshops for faculty, students, community partners, and administrators around the nation.
Dominique Adam is a purpose-driven, affiliative leader who passionately seeks to close the gap on disparities through empowering and engaging individuals as well as communities. During her formative years in New York and Haiti, Dominique witnessed resilience, perseverance, and creativity in the face of poverty, lack of access, and social injustice, which ignited her journey to be a part of the greater good. She earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Latin American & Caribbean studies and a Master’s in Public Administration and Policy from Florida State University. At FSU, Dominique served in several leadership capacities within Student Government, the Black Student Union, and the Caribbean Student Association and helped build coalition among student organizations across Florida as President of the Haitian Cultural Club. Dominique served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn and Director of Community Outreach at Maimonides Medical Center, and later worked at Palm Beach State College.
Energized to be the change, Dominique is eager to apply her 15+ years of experience advancing awareness and maximizing access, prosperity, and advocacy for diverse populations across public, private, and non-profit sectors to contribute to the continued growth of communities, faculty, and students by way of activating civic participation and activism at MDC.
Born in Miami, Florida to a Cuban-American family, Sofia Vizcarra, 19, is an enthusiastic Miami-Dade Honors College student who will be majoring in Political Science. Growing up in a big family, she has always been outspoken and driven. As a freshman starting on her path of leadership and service, she hopes to absorb as much information about the democratic process as possible and learn how to make a meaningful impact in her community through connecting with others. Her biggest interests are government, American history, and social justice. She is most passionate about civic engagement, as voting is one of the single most effective ways to enact change in our country. She is proud to represent the student body of Kendall campus, as young people are undoubtedly the voice of the future. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador with the prestigious Andrew Goodman Foundation, she is eager to encourage people to vote and learn more about the inner workings of our democracy.
Maria Villalobos was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela and moved to Florida at the age of 10. She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from FSU and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. While at FSU, she found her passion for social justice and service and became heavily involved with the Center for Leadership and Social Change, the SGA and the Hispanic/Latino Student Union. Maria is extremely passionate about education equity and ensuring that all students receive a high-quality education. Prior to MDC, she was a Teach For America AmeriCorps member in Miami-Dade, an elementary school teacher in Redwood City, California, and the Character and Leadership Development Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. She has also worked at the university level at both Illinois State University and FIU, and is happiest when she gets to interact with students and engage in conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion. Maria is excited to be part of the MDC iCED family and continue to support students to become changemakers in their communities and beyond.
Ayeisha Kirkland was born in Miami Florida and attends The Honors College of Miami Dade College. Kirkland is majoring in political science with aspirations to branch into international politics. Kirkland is an award-winning spoken word artist, lyrical rapper, published author, and the founder of her own non-profit organization. Her organization provides training in articulation development for adolescents, so they can express themselves effectively; additionally, her organization facilitates charitable outreach in low income communities. In May of 2022, Kirkland was awarded with a Miami Herald Silver Knight Speech Honorable Mention in recognition of her work.
Erol Morice is a second year student at MDC majoring in radiography. He is very passionate about the human body and healthcare as a whole. His hobbies include acting, yoga, and pilates.
Lorena Vazquez is an undergraduate sophomore at the Honors College of Miami Dade College studying Computer Science. Lorena’s interest in interdisciplinary studies compels her to challenge the intersections of her education with her passions like civic engagement and community service. Apart from working closely with iCED at campus, Lorena also works as one of the staff writers for the school’s newspaper, The Reporter, where she writes articles on arts and entertainment. She hopes to continue her education after Miami Dade Honors College and pursue undergraduate research programs where she can expand and advance her skills.
Kiki Mutis was born in Colombia and has lived in Miami since 1981. She is an MDC alumna, and later earned an MS in Environmental Science from FIU. Kiki served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia where she focused on soil and natural resource conservation and youth development. She has been an active board member of The Colombia Project Global, a micro-loan organization, and traveled to Colombia to meet program administrators and visit micro-loan recipients to understand their concerns better. Kiki worked for Citizens for a Better South Florida where she helped organize urban forestry projects and hands-on afterschool science programs. She also worked at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden as the Community Outreach Coordinator, and with Pelican Harbor Seabird Station where she was the Operations and Volunteer Manager. She also has led professional development workshops for the Earth Ethics Institute at MDC for many years.
I consider myself as one who is an eccentric forward thinking leader. In my point of view being listened to is better than being heard, for anyone can hear what you are saying but not everyone is listening. Treat others as you would want to be treated is a core value that has guided me through out my life in the journey of never endless beginning and ends.
I was born in Santiago, Chile, where I lived my whole life until I moved to the US in 2022. I went to high school there, and was part of a Scout group which focused on leadership and self-discovery for 5 years. Because I moved away from the country before graduation and the US school system works with credits (which do not exist in Chile) I had to get a GED. Thanks to my scores, I managed to make my way into The Honors College at Miami Dade College, where I'm currently starting my first year.
Hayley Stepek is a graduate student at Miami University studying Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technology. She grew up in Oak Lawn, IL, a suburb outside of Chicago. Outside of the classroom, she is the Community Engagement Intern for the Office of Student Activities at Miami. In her free time, she likes to visit a local coffee shop, read, run, and travel! Fun fact, she will be running the Chicago Half Marathon in September 2023!
Maggie Sampson is a student at Miami University studying Adolescent Young Adult Social Studies Education. She grew up in Madeira, OH, a suburb outside of Cincinnati. Outside of the classroom, she is on Associated Student Government as an on-campus senator and is President of the Miami Council for the Social Studies. In her free time, she likes to read, run, spend time with friends, and visit thrift shops and record stores.
Yusuf Dogan is from Nashville, Tennessee is currently a Freshman at Middle Tennessee State University where currently serves on the Student Government Association and in the American Democracy Project for Civic Learning. Yusuf is majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Arabic and Urban Studies. He loves exploring and meeting new people. As a homeschooler, Yusuf raised backyard chickens and started an egg-selling business. He was an active member of 4-H, where he made many friends and developed a passion for public speaking and civic engagement. Yusuf used this passion to address concerns in his community and In 2021 he was selected to serve on the Nashville Mayor's Youth Council where he worked directly with policymakers to develop initiatives for a more engaged and educated community. Yusuf hopes to have a career where he can engage meaningfully in his community.
Hannah is a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in University Honors, Political Science, and Economics. Her dream job in 5th grade was to become the first female president of the United States, though she truly became interested in politics and civic engagement in the summer between her junior and senior years of high school when she was a delegate to Volunteer Girls State. Hannah wants to combine her studies of psychology and politics to advocate for children and families in a potential careers in law or marriage and family therapy.
Hannah is a fourth year undergraduate student at Montclair State University with a drive to make her community better on and off campus. She has worked for and with many other non-profit organizations before and hopes to continue the work of advocacy through AGF. She is excited to be working for an organization that pushes for all people to vote, and pushes for everyone to make a well educated decision.
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.”
Nykolai Blichar is a Pennsylvania native and a former Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Program. Nykolai has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.Ed. in Student Affairs from Kutztown University. He is a passionate community activist and advocate for social justice and LGBTQIA+ rights. He is particularly interested in promoting civic engagement both on and off campus and centering conversations around democracy and participation in government at all levels. He is also no stranger to the electoral process having helped numerous political campaigns and has previously ran for PA State Representative in 2018 and 2020. Nykolai focuses on his passion for voting and civic participation to ensure students and community members are well informed about the decisions they make at the ballot box.
Erin Mysogland is the Assistant Director of the Center for Community Action and Research and an Adjunct Lecturer of Peace and Justice Studies and History at Pace University. In both roles she works with students on civic engagement and social justice advocacy. She has a Master’s in History from Columbia University and continues to research themes including youth and activism.
My name is Jasmine, and I am a junior undergraduate student at Pace University in New York City, pursuing a BA degree in Political Science and Peace & Justice Studies. I currently work at Dyson’s Center for Community Action & Research and as an intern for the International Disarmament Institute at Pace University. I’ve been captivated by the stories of students and community members across my hometown and my college campus. Most of all, I’ve enjoyed building connections with people outside of my coursework! Uplifting the creative voices of my peers is a meaningful investment in our society’s future and aligns with my passion for public service.
Hayley Piazza is a sophomore at Pace University majoring in Health Science on a pre-physician assistant track. Hayley’s passion for civic engagement began when she was young and has only grown over time through her involvement in various clubs and organizations on campus. As a STEM major, one of Hayley’s goals during her time as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador is to motivate her fellow STEM and pre-health majors to be civically engaged. In the future, Hayley hopes to become a physician assistant, but also hopes to pursue a career in health policy to help eliminate disparities in health care.
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.
From Afro-Latino roots and raised in Brooklyn, Paul spent almost half of his life in China and returned stateside in 2022. He is fluent in Mandarin and Chinese. "I can’t change the world, but I can influence my surroundings."
Nowshin is currently a political science undergraduate student who is immensely enthusiastic and a free-spirited learner with an eagerness to delve into the social legislation field. She is passionate about youth advocacy and excited to interact with students. She has a keen desire to strengthen her aptitude and ingenuity towards working for the federal government as part of her future endeavors. Nowshin is jubilant to be a part of the Andrew Goodman Ambassador network!
Sarah is a Freshman Political Science major and Public Health minor and is excited to get involved on her college campus this semester. During high school, she served as a World Affairs Council member, participating in community-wide voter registration efforts. Additionally, she founded and presided over the Gender Equity Committee, a student-led board dedicated to education, advocacy, and outreach. Sarah served as Secretary of her high school's National Honors Society and Captain of the Varsity Women's Volleyball team. She believes that all young adults have an essential voice in our democracy and looks forward to encouraging others to use it through voting.
Sydney is a Senior Psychology major and is currently involved with several organizations at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is the Vice President of Leadership and Recruitment Chair in Alpha Phi Omega, a professional national service fraternity, as well as the Civic and Political Engagement Student Coordinator within the Civic and Community Engagement Center on campus. Additionally Sydney is currently a part of Dr. Leah Warner’s research lab on campus as well as a research assistant in the I AM Research Lab through the University of Toronto under Dr. J. Garrett-Walker. Sydney hopes to pursue graduate school and conduct research concerning compulsory heterosexuality and the way it affects AFAB individuals' adolescent growth, how they develop their identities and sexuality.
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.
Kyle Werner is a student at Simpson College majoring in journalism and minoring in political science, from Winterset, Iowa. Before coming to Simpson, he worked for a national Senatorial race, and a U.S Representative’s team in finance, coordinating fundraising efforts and individual solicitations. He is also involved with Speech and Debate, the honors program, the SC Leader freshman orientation program, the Culver Public Policy Center, Pre-Law society, PRIDE, and the school publication, The Simpsonian. In the coming years, he will continue to intertwine his journalistic experiences with politics and continue the work to get out the vote.
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.
Shiloh Wolfork is a junior English major, minoring in Management and Organization at Spelman College. She is originally from Cincinnati, OH; and, she is passionate about encouraging college students to see themselves in the issues on the ballot. She wants to facilitate personal connections to civic engagement in an effort to decrease voter apathy.
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.
Allee Mack is a junior at St. Lawrence University from Marietta, New York. She is pursuing a major in Government and a minor in History. In addition to being an AGF Ambassador, Allee is a senator for her school's student government, the secretary of St. Lawrence Advocates, and an employee at her school's fitness center. After graduation, Allee plans to relocate to DC and pursue a career in politics. Allee's main goal as an AGF Ambassador is to educate her peers on the importance of voting by developing panels that discuss what's going on in Congress.
Nicholas is a senior double-majoring in Biochemistry and Sociology on the pre-medical track at Stony Brook University. He is an undergraduate coordinator for the Center for Civic Justice, where he equips students with the resources they need to be civically informed and engaged. Outside of the Center, he is President of the university's chapter of the American Chemical Society and conducts chemical engineering research at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He believes that being able to advocate for oneself means being able to advocate for one's community, a value that he takes with him into his personal life and professional career.
Leslie Cruz is a senior at Stony Brook University. She is currently a double major in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Political Science. She is on the pre-law track and is hoping to apply to law school after Stony Brook.
Izabella Canales is a senior majoring in political science on a pre-law track. She enjoys being involved within the Stony Brook community by promoting civic engagement on campus through the Center for Civic Justice and being a member of clubs on campus. During her free time she enjoys watching a good show or relaxing by the water while watching the sunset with friends/ family,.
I'm Sophie, a junior at Stony Brook University. I am majoring in journalism, and I also have minors in creative writing and women's studies. I am a part of the Student Leadership Team at the Center for Civic Justice at my university where I encourage students to be civically engaged and be leaders in our community.
Ashley is a sophomore History and English major with a minor in Medieval Studies. At Geneseo, she works as a Resident Assistant and an office assistant for the History Department, and is also involved in their student senate and Student Affairs Committee. Ashley is grateful for the opportunity to serve as one of the AGF ambassadors at Geneseo.
Charlotte is a sophomore Psychology major with a minor in Cognitive Science. She is involved in the student senate at Geneseo, as well as the College Senate and a psychological research lab. She is super excited to get to work with The Andrew Goodman Foundation!
Anissia Sherelle Fleming is a student majoring in Political Science. On campus, Anissia serves as the Executive Chief of Staff and the Executive Assistant to the President of the Groundbreaking 81st Student Government Association. She too is a member of her school’s Honors College and Pre-Alumni Council. 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!
Karyme is the daughter of Mexican American immigrants and grew up on the Texas-Mexico border. She is currently getting her Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science and English Literature at Texas Woman's University. Karyme is passionate about encouraging civic engagement in communities of color, she does so through Jolt Action at TWU. Back in her hometown, she is a founding member of the Eagle Pass Border Coalition, where she advocates for protecting the Rio Grande and border communities. After TWU, Karyme plans to attend law school to become an immigration lawyer and work with non-profits at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Lupe is a first-year at Texas Woman’s University, majoring in Nursing. Lupe’s passion for civic engagement stems from her desire to increase voter education and ensure all voters have an equal opportunity to vote. Lupe serves as a JOLT chapter coordinator, focusing on empowering young Latinx voters in her community. She is also the League of United Latin American Citizens district director, which consistently nurtures her passion for voter engagement. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she plans to continue volunteering to promote civic engagement through local organizations.
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.
Alex Landy is a sophomore at Tufts University studying political science and urban studies. He has a passion for voter education efforts and increasing youth participation in our democratic process. Alex is also interested in legislative advocacy, public policy, and legal studies. Aside from his position on the Executive Board of Tufts’ voter resources group, JumboVote, he is also a Research Assistant for the Tufts Political Science Department and part of a youth-led organization across North American college campuses called Jewish on Campus.
Intuitive thinker and youth advocate Jaycob Beasley is a second-year sociology student at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He is an academic scholar with expertise in project management, advocacy, group collaboration, and community organizing. He strives to educate his peers and is passionate about taking action to address societal issues. Jaycob joined the Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere Program to help encourage students to take part in civic engagement as a social activist within his community and abroad. Jaycob wants to create a link between students who care deeply about social and environmental justice and possibilities to get involved in advocacy and mutual help.
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).
I am a senior at the University of Alabama earning a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Public Administration through the Accelerated Masters Program. I carry my passion for voting rights into my professional life interning for Return My Vote, a voter restoration clinic sponsored by Greater Birmingham Ministries. I also serve as Vice President of Alabama Leading Women of Tomorrow and am involved on campus in the Blount Scholars Program, The Capstone Journal of Law and Public Policy, and several research projects.
I am a computer science major who hopes to working as a software developer after college. I believe that everyone should vote in every election and want to get closer to 100% voter turnout. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy running and am a big soccer fan.
Emily Adcock is a sophomore at the University of Alabama from Madison, Mississippi. She is a University Fellow majoring in English and History with a Legal Concentration. Emily is a Teaching Assistant for the Philosophy Department, a Blackburn Institute Student, and an Honors College Ambassador. This year, she serves as a Content and Strategy Consultant for Crossroads Civic Engagement Center’s Civic Learning Lab at UA. She plans to pursue an MBA and eventually attend law school.
Rolland Grady is a junior from New Orleans, Louisiana at the University of Alabama. She is studying Political Science through the Accelerated Masters Program. Her favorite part of working with the Andrew Goodman Foundation is the voter registration drives that she helps host at her campus!
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.
Alex Edgar is a second-year at UC Berkeley studying Political Science with minors in Public Policy and Education. He is passionate about developing policy solutions to major social problems in order to create education systems and democratic institutions that are more responsive to the will and needs of the American people. Alex serves as the Director of the Associated Students of the University of California Vote Coalition, Civic Engagement Coordinator for the UC Student Association, and a Voter's Choice Act Ambassador for the California Secretary of State. He also is the Assistant to the Executive Director at the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, a Criminal Justice Research Intern at the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and an ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Intern.
Lesley Graybeal is the Director of Experiential and Community-Engaged 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.
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.
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.
"Be kind to all, because you never know what someone's going through." Jazmin Jacamo is currently an undergraduate at the University of La Verne, majoring in Political Science! She is extremely passionate about neurodiversity equality and wants to become a special education lawyer, and then a judge.
I am a sophomore at the University of La Verne, majoring in Legal Studies and minoring in Ethnic Studies. Through the Andrew Goodman Foundation, I hope to raise awareness on campus about voter education and political literacy, and to encourage young people to participate in the planning of their future.
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.
Mandala Gupta VerWiebe is majoring in Humanities and double minoring in English and History at the University of Louisville. She is a James Graham Brown Fellow and has always been passionate about civic engagement. Mandala looks forward to cultivating student education, involvement, and empowerment in the Louisville community through her Ambassador position.
Edler Jonhatan is a student at the University of Louisville majoring in Political Science and double minoring in Marketing and Social Change. He is also a Martin Luther King Jr. scholar and a Woodford R. Porter scholar. During his time on campus, Edler has held many leadership positions with organizations concentrated on developing the campus community. As a Haitian American, Edler believes that every voice matters, and voting is just one of many opportunities to have our voices be heard. He wants to start his political journey by encouraging the student body of the University of Louisville to become more politically informed and active.
Bavani Vijay is a first-year student at the University of Michigan studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a minor in Science, Technology, and Society. She plans to study the intersection of medicine and public policy and hopes to spend her future career working with patients in a medical setting while improving healthcare equity. She is beyond excited to join the Andrew Goodman Foundation as a Fellow and collaborate with like-minded students to create a more civically engaged campus at the University of Michigan.
Maurielle Courtois is an Asian American student who is passionate about human rights. She grew up in Lancaster, PA and was adopted from China as a baby. At an early age, she was interested in civil rights, which blossomed into activism. Now, as a political science student at the University of Michigan, she is able to branch out her beliefs and knowledge with some of the best. Maurielle feels it is an honor to be an Andrew Goodman Fellow and is very excited to do the good work that Andrew Goodman never got to finish.
LaTeqa was raised in Flint, MI with 10 siblings and a plethora of extended family. She attended a charter school where she was able to develop her leadership skills and character. During her senior year, she transferred to a PWI Public high school where she was able to take her first Economics and Personal finance courses. She is now finishing up her sophomore semester as an Accounting student, and looking to get into Investment Banking as a career. Wealth creation and maintenance are her passions while sports and writing are her hobbies.
Omobola Obasanjo, is half- Nigerian and half American from Sidon, Mississippi. He is currently attending the University of Mississippi, where he double majors in both Business- Banking & Finance and Managerial Finance, and double minors in Political Science and African American Studies. He loves learning and will do all he can to help others, and looks forward to continuing to do both with The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
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.
I am a junior at UPenn focused on applying technical skills to the areas of political science and psychology. I am interested in using fields like data science to inform strategy and decision making when it comes to implementing and strategizing civic engagement activities and efforts. I am always excited to be involved in different initiatives and learn about the work that everyone else has done in related fields.
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.
My name is Caitlin Kennedy and I am a third-year politics major at the University of San Francisco, with the desire to attend law school. I am from Danville, California and have lived in the Bay Area for all of my life. My mission is to help protect the rights and secure the liberties of the underserved, underrepresented, and the unheard individuals.
My name is Alex Sánchez, I am a sophomore at the University of South Carolina Upstate. As a Political Science Major, I am pursuing to be the Commissioner for Minority Affairs, I have always wanted to help people, especially those who fall under the category of being a minority, and help them prosper and live a better life within the US. With a Spanish Translation/Interpretation minor I would like to be involved in the Hispanic community and assist fellow Latinos who speak little to no English to translate anything that they do not understand and get the help they really need. My role in the community is big for me, I strive to be involved in as many organizations, programs, and any other opportunity possible at my University and outside to help and represent anyone who needs it.
Karen Marie Woodbury is a native Washingtonian with voiceover, radio announcing, hosting and production experience. She Chairs the Angel Tree Project at Galbraith AME Zion Church assisting families of the incarcerated. Volunteer opportunities include Columbia Lighthouse for the blind and the DC History Center Exhibit Aide. Formerly, a Domestic Violence Liaison for the Metropolitan Police Department. Currently, Karen is completing her Digital Media degree to work in Radio and create Documentaries focusing on the Black Community.
Gracie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She hopes to go to law school after her undergraduate years. She is passionate about animal rights, and historical preservation. She loves to ski and mountain bike when she has the time.
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.
Megan Bahr is a Junior Sociology Major at the University of Wisconsin Parkside. When she isn't doing work as an Andrew Goodman Ambassador, she works with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs where she facilitates workshops on DEI topics as a part of the MOSAIC program. Megan hopes to go into Higher Education after graduation to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed.
Katelynn Gauger is from a small town in Wisconsin, and is currently a freshman political science major with a law and policy minor at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. After she finishes her undergrad, she plans to attend law school.
My name is Zack Young. I'm a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, studying Computer Information Systems. I'm originally from Leopolis, WI. I've worked in voting-related jobs for the previous two years.
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.
Olivia is a current Sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University double-majoring in Applied Psychology and Sociology. She is really excited to be an Andrew Goodman Ambassador in the Vote Everywhere program to act as an amplifier for youth voices. She is most passionate about policy and, as a Psychology major, the intersection of policy and mental health.
Nellie is a student at the VCU Honors College majoring in International Studies and Political Science. She hopes to one day have a career in Human Rights Law and continue to promote civic engagement in her community. In her free time, she enjoys singing in her A Capella group and volunteering at the Sacred Heart Center as an ESL teacher.
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.