Vote Everywhere Campus Teams
Our nationwide network of students and higher education administrators advocates for voting rights on campus through voter registration drives, voter education events, and GOTV activities.
Our nationwide network of students and higher education administrators advocates for voting rights on campus through voter registration drives, voter education events, and GOTV activities.
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.
Sarah Nathan is double majoring in Environmental Studies and Community and Justice Studies. Her current interests and passions including mitigating disparities in access to healthy and affordable food; the environmental impacts of agriculture; and the environmental and social justice issues related to urban sprawl. Sarah has worked with Lifeline Toledo, an organization dedicated to addressing both issues of food insecurity and the isolation associated with poverty. She currently works as the volunteer coordinator at a soup kitchen and as the Food Access Fellow for Allegheny’s Bonner Program. After graduation, she hopes to work in environmental policy.
Alberto Reyes-Olivas is the Executive Director of the Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Policy at Arizona State University. Alberto received his B.A. from Arizona State University and his M. Ed. from Northern Arizona University.
Victoria is a student at Arizona State University, where she attends the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications along with Barrett, the Honors College. She is double majoring in Journalism and Political Science, with a minor in French. Her involvement ranges from hosting her own Spanish show on Blaze Radio to representing the freshmen of her college through the Walter Cronkite College Council. Her interests lie in community service, international relations, politics, and communications. She is incredibly excited to work with the Andrew Goodman Foundation in encouraging civic engagement among her peers.
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.
Paul Valdez is a 2004 graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2007 with a Master’s of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs and is currently writing his dissertation for the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program here at BGSU.
Meg Burrell is majoring in political science and criminal justice. Meg is a member of Alpha Phi sorority and is on the Mock Trial team. Meg serves as the student trustee on BGSU's Board of Trustees with a two year term ending in 2017. After completing her degree at BGSU she plans on attending law school. In her partnership with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, Meg hopes to encourage other students to get informed about current issues and become more civically engaged.
Elizabeth Banks is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) at Case Western Reserve University. CCEL links the campus to the Cleveland community by providing and supporting opportunities for community service and action that promote awareness, learning, and leadership development. In addition to co-curricular programs, Elizabeth supports faculty with academic service-learning, teaches a capstone course that includes a week of service on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and serves as a faculty advisor for independent capstones that have a community-based component.
Before joining CWRU, Elizabeth worked in the nonprofit sector, teaching environmental education and volunteer trail-building programs in Michigan, Nevada, Everglades and Yellowstone National Parks. She also worked in biodiversity conservation and volunteer management with The Nature Conservancy in Maine, California, and Kentucky. She received her BA from Bowdoin College, Maine and MS from Miami University, Ohio.
Austin Stroud is a first year student at Case Western Reserve University studying philosophy. He participates in a variety of organizations including being an opinion columnist for The Observer, Case’s independent student-run newspaper and is a copy editor for Discussions, the Undergraduate Research Journal of Case Western Reserve University. Austin is also involved Case’s Diversity 360° initiative in an effort to promote broader inclusion and social justice. After graduating from Case, Austin plans on attending law school, and then hopes to practice in the public interest, health care, or civil rights fields. Austin is honored to work with the Andrew Goodman Foundation as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, and is excited to create a lasting impact on his campus with the support of his fellow ambassadors.
Nicole comes to the PSC from the Multicultural Resource Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension and works on many student and PSC programs on leadership development. Nicole was born and raised in Harlem, New York, at the Center for Culture, Race and Ethnicity. Nicole found her passion for exploring race relations in the United States and began exploring strategies for denouncing oppressive systems. She decided to stay in Ithaca, New York after graduating from Ithaca College because she believed this small city had the power and ambition to cultivate a space where true social change is more than possible but sustainable. She currently sits on the Ithaca City Community Police Review Board.
Nicole has a BA from Ithaca College in Sociology with a concentration in juvenile criminal studies and race and ethnic relations. Her studies focused on equity issues, making the classroom and curriculum successful for children with complex needs through project-based learning.
Delmar Fears is a second year Development Sociology student at Cornell University. She began her journey into the field of food equity as a farm intern at an urban farm in Atlanta, GA, and later completed an Agricultural Discovery course created by the USDA. This past summer, Delmar worked as the head intern under the Urban Agriculture Director for the City of Atlanta. Here, she worked extensively writing grant proposals, crafting community charrettes, and penning redevelopment projects centered on urban agriculture.
Ahsanul is a senior Political Science and History double major at Queens College with plans to pursue secondary education History in graduate school. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group), a journalist for the college newspaper, the Knight News, a volunteer with GrowNYC, and an intern for the Queens College Sustainability Department. Ahsanul believes that voting is a privilege and a right that every citizen should take advantage of and it is a key component to maintain democracy and fight for issues important to student well-being in this country.
Joseph Hill is a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance major at Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. With an innate affection for community advocacy, Joseph has been volunteering with civic and social injustice organizations since he was twelve years old. He began as a volunteer with the City of Refuge Outreach Ministry in Los Angeles. Then, as a sophomore in high school, Joseph was given the opportunity to volunteer for now Congressman Ruben Kihuen, where he served as deputy field director for his remaining time in high school. During his time with then Assemblyman Kihuen, Joseph was successful in circulating campaign literature, registering hundreds of voters, visiting the state capital for legislative sessions, recruiting and training volunteers, engaging students/serving as a liaison between students and elected officials, and organizing campaign events/fundraisers. Additionally, Hill has served as President of Interact Club, Secretary/Parliamentarian of the Black Student Union, and Vice President of Events for the Latino Youth Leadership Alumni. Aside from his dedication to the Andrew Goodman Foundation, Joseph presently spends his time as a member of Sing for Hope, the Brotherhood of Scholarship and Excellence, SCSU chapter, and founding another student engagement organization called the Association of Black Students in Higher Education. Joseph has always believed that, "the sky is not the limit, we have no limits." He is humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of Vote Everywhere, and is excited for the great things on the horizon for the Andrew Goodman Foundation at Queens College.
Dennis is responsible for the administrative oversight and strategic direction of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. He joined the CLCE team in August 2012. Dennis earned a B.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Maryland, M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies. His dissertation research focused on the formation of student culture around civic engagement and activism. Before coming to ECU, Dennis worked at Loyola University Maryland's Center for Community Service and Justice coordinating leadership development and co-curricular service-learning programs. He also served as a social justice minister at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. His professional interests include leadership development, service-learning, campus-community partnerships, social justice education, and qualitative research methods.
Suzannah serves as Assistant Director in the CLCE office. Following graduation from Louisiana State University with her master's, Suzannah joined the Office for Leadership and Service-Learning in August 2015. Suzannah facilitates the preparation and execution of the Chancellor's Student Leadership Academy and the Leadership Resource Team, and represents the office in planning ECU's Tunnel of Oppression program. Previously, Suzannah served as a Leadership Consultant for Sigma Kappa Sorority while living in Georgia and Missouri. She received her B.A. degree from Virginia Tech in History with a minor in Film Studies.
Erick Jenkins is a sophomore at East Carolina University. Erick is a Communications major, minoring in Psychology. He is very ambitious and has shown it in his little time at ECU. He is the president of the local National Society of Leadership and Success chapter, an organization dedicated to community service and building future leaders. He is also a member of Quest at ECU. Quest is an organization for transfer students who look to help the surrounding community by volunteering and help each other adjust to the university lifestyle. Erick is also a Vote Everywhere Ambassador with The Andrew Goodman Foundation. In his role he helps coordinate civic engagement efforts on campus. Outside of school Erick is the Public Information Officer of the nonprofit Community Leaders Ascending Substantial Success (C.L.A.S.S.).
Haley is a freshman at East Carolina University. She intends to major in Political Science and Economics. Haley has had a passion for politics and educating citizens on their rights and their importance in society since she was young. She gained her experience in these fields early on through research and job opportunities. Haley is excited to participate in this level of engagement not only on her campus, but in her community as well.
Bob Frigo is the Associate Director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at Elon University.
Gabrielle (Gabby) Vance, from Millersville, Maryland, is majoring in political science with minors in leadership studies and business administration. Gabby is very passionate about helping others and making a difference on her college campus. At Elon, Gabby is involved in the Leadership Fellows Program, an active member of Delta Delta Delta, and is a Young Life Leader at a local high school.
June Shuler is a dual citizen from the United States and Switzerland and is double majoring in public health and policy studies. She is involved with several organizations on campus that promote diversity and cross cultural understanding and education. One of her true passions is social equality and advocacy. Helping to give people a voice and speaking out about injustice has been a reason for her political engagement and caused her to become involved with the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Through this role, she hopes to give others the opportunity to become involved in the political sphere. She believes that by giving more students the opportunity and tools to vote, the millennial generation can make a change for the better. Her goal as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador is to be part of that change and see an increase in civic engagement among college students at Elon University.
Dianne Bystrom, the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, has personal and professional experience in covering, working in and studying political campaigns. She earned a B.A. in journalism in 1975 from Kearney (NE) State College and an M.A. in journalism and mass communication in 1982 and a Ph.D. in communication in 1995 from the University of Oklahoma. Her current research interests focus on (1) the styles and strategies used by women and men political candidates in their television advertising, websites and speeches and (2) the coverage of women candidates and political leaders by the media. She is a frequent commentator about political and women's issues for state, national and international media.
Steven is a double major in Political Science and Economics and with a track to also complete the Leadership Studies Certificate. Currently, he is a Student Government Senator for the Interfraternity Council. As part of his Senatorial duties, he serves as a returning member on the University Affairs Committee, which focuses on addressing student issues to the University and working on projects to insure that students have their voices heard and get what they need. The Student Government Finance Committee is another committee in which he works with student groups and helps allocate funds toward each organization. Within his own Fraternity, Steven is an officer, presently serving as Secretary of Tau Kappa Epsilon. In being with Tau Kappa Epsilon, he has worked year round to help fundraise and spread awareness for childhood cancer through major philanthropy work for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Steven has worked with voting before and has canvassed and done other political work to help encourage others to engage in one of the greatest civic initiatives, voting.
Chelsea Eret is pursuing degrees in both Political Science and English with an interest in attending Law School after graduation. Through working with her sorority's philanthropy, she has gained a passion to serve the community in anyway she can. She looks forward to continuing to serve the Iowa State community through voter education. Chelsea is an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority on campus and looks forward to beginning work with the Andrew Goodman Foundation and Student Government this year.
Leah is the Director of Student Involvement at Kutztown University. She received her BA from University of Delaware and her MA from Kaplan University. Leah has worked for both public and private institutions and has extensive experience in housing, residence life, new student orientation, student activities, and student union operations.
Rachael Cohen Hamilton is a sophomore political science major, and women, and gender studies minor, at Kutztown University. She is also the Vice President of both the Political Science Club, and Feminist majority leadership alliance. She is honored to be an ambassador for The Andrew Goodman Foundation.
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.
Louis is a Junior Political Science major at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After joining LSU's student civic engagement organization, Geaux Vote LSU, Louis learned about the Andrew Goodman Foundation's mission to engage more young people in the political process, sparking his interest to become a Vote Everywhere Ambassador. Following graduation, Louis hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Policy with concentrations in urban development, education reform, poverty policy.
Kaylin Parker is majoring in mass communication with a concentration in public relations and minoring in business administration and history. She currently is a student worker at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources in the Office of the Secretary. Kaylin serves as a Manship Ambassador for the Manship School of Mass Communication. She holds the position of vp: social standards for the Gamma Zeta chapter of Delta Gamma. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the LSU Football team, eating seafood, and being with friends and family. Kaylin hopes to attend law school upon graduating in May 2017.
Cristy A. Calderón-Coto joined Miami Dade College in 2013 as the first Coordinator for the Brazilian STEM Grant - “Science Without Borders.” She holds a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Caribbean Studies from Florida State University. Currently, Cristy is a doctoral candidate from the University of Delaware School of Education and Human Development. Her passion for service stems from her undergraduate years in college. She attributes her success, retention and completion of a college degree to the service and service learning opportunities she was provided as a student. As a professional, Cristy has worked in Admissions, Advisement, Leadership and Service, International Grant Programs and more. One of Cristy’s greatest accomplishments was opening an alternative spring break site in her parents native country, Costa Rica. One of her favorite quotes is by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Rebecca Pelham is the Director at iCED North, after serving for two years as an AmeriCorps *VISTA at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in the role of Student Engagement Coordinator. After attaining a Bachelor’s in Comparative Literature and in Dance from Bard College she earned a Master’s in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami. She loves learning from and working with the strong and vibrant community at Miami Dade College.
Monique M. Ruiz is a newly inducted Vote Everywhere Ambassador of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is a freshman student at Miami Dade Honors College in Florida where she is majoring in International Relations. Prior to enrolling, Monique's interest in foreign affairs developed after embarking on a Global Citizen Year fellowship between 2015 and 2016. The opportunity enabled her to acquire an apprenticeship under Teach for India, conducting creative writing projects at iTeach Schools (BJR). She is currently on the Recruitment & Selection Team, where she evaluates candidates whom she believes can shape future cohorts. Her work is featured in a promotional video for Global Citizen Year which spotlights India Fellow Stories.
Tamica Ramos has served as a Campus Director for the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy since 2005. Previously, she worked as the Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs at Barry University. Tamica is originally from Providence, R.I., where she worked as the Assistant Executive Director of Youth In Action, a nonprofit organization that develops at-risk youth into community leaders. In 2000, Tamica earned her BA from Brown University where she studied African American Studies and Development Studies.
Cinnamon Williams is a freshman attending Miami Dade Honors College, Wolfson Campus and is currently majoring in Computer Engineering. Cinnamon is receiving merit for her research on Green Fluorescent Protein and its many health benefits. Despite her STEM background she seeks to tackle the issue of income inequality that plagues her community and encourage those who are eligible to vote. Cinnamon is also a member of SLICE, Student Leaders in Civic Engagement.
Jessica coordinates civic engagement and social justice initiatives, including the Social Action Center and the AGF Vote Everywhere Ambassador program at Miami University of Ohio. She serves as a liaison to the City of Oxford and collaborates with the city to educate students on being socially responsible and engaged citizens.
Since arriving at Miami University in 2014, Rebekah Bolser has served as the Executive Director of Seat At the Table (SEAT), where she coordinates civic education initiatives across the United States. Founded in response to the low youth turnout of 2014, SEAT seeks to build platforms for young people in local and state governments through hands on civic education programs, collaborative partnerships, and community organizing and events, such as the annual Seat At the Table summit. As Executive Director, Rebekah oversees the day to day efforts of the organization, including strategic planning, fundraising, curriculum development, and partnership management. In addition to pursuing this important civic leadership endeavor and two demanding degree programs in political science and strategic communication, Rebekah has been involved in a variety of other initiatives, including assisting with the campus It's On Us campaign, UNICEF, Bundles of Joy Philippines Relief, Femellennials and Math is Music. She has also written for Huffington Post, Student Voice, GenYNot, and Progress Women.
Arianna is a junior at Montclair State University, and will be graduating in May of 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations through the School of Communication and Media. Arianna is someone who thinks voting is incredibly important and is a huge part of being an active member of any community. Arianna has served as a legislator for the Student Government Association as well as being a general body member of SLAM (Student Life at Montclair), and is a general body member of MSU Players, which is MSU’s all student run theatre organization.
Amir Boros is a sophomore at Montclair State University. I have a double major in Jurisprudence and Political Science and a minor in public administration. I work with the Civic and Voter’s Engagement department at Montclair State as well as the EIT Team in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. I am a former intern at the New Jersey Attorney General’s office financial fraud unit. I am fluent in Arabic and English and I play the violin.
Ariella is a sophomore at Pace University with a major in Political Science. She has always been passionate about social justice and politics and is extremely excited to be working as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador. Formerly an actress, she loves making connections with new people and using art as a means to communicate messages of social justice and activism. Ariella hopes to some day hold public office and bring much-needed Latino representation into government.
Carina Draper is a freshman at Pace University studying Communications. She is a former Democracy Coach with Generation Citizen and looks forward to making a community impact. Initially an actress, she has found her favorite shows to be those of empowerment and success from adversity, which sparked her interest in getting involved with helping her community. Carina has always believed in social equality and strives to make the world better for future generations. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, she hopes to not only educate her peers but also leave a lasting positive impact.
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.
Olivia Anderson is pursuing a triple major in political science, Spanish, and philosophy. Olivia is a Fellow for the 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, one of the Presidents of Simpson Votes, and an active participant on the Simpson College Speech and Debate Team. Originally from North Carolina, Olivia knew that she wanted to attend college in Iowa so she could be immersed in the political process. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, Olivia is able to engage her college community in some of her greatest passions, like voter education and voter outreach. Upon graduation, Olivia hopes to join the Peace Corps and/or attend law school to begin a career in immigration law.
Jordan Sheridan is a business and communications double major at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. She is the oldest of three, and hopes to peruse a future in work with non-profits and philanthropy.
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.
Tom Matthews is the Associate Dean of Leadership and Service and Director of the GOLD Program at SUNY Geneseo. Tom grew up in Massena, New York and earned a B.S. in Education at SUNY Plattsburgh, an M.S. in Student Personnel at SUNY Albany, and his doctorate in Student Personnel & Higher Education from the University of South Carolina. He interned at SUNY Fredonia, worked two years at SUNY Brockport, and came to Geneseo as Director of Student Activities in 1967.
Patrick is a sophomore from Horseheads, NY and is a Biochemistry major in SUNY Geneseo’s honors program. At an early age, Patrick became interested in science and has carried this passion with him to college. He plans to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD so he can become a researcher. His research interests include viruses and gene therapy and he hopes to create treatments for various diseases over the course of his career.
At SUNY Geneseo, Patrick has involved himself in sustainability efforts and is creating a program dedicated to increasing support for science by facilitating interactions between campus scientists and the local community. He is passionate about scientific issues in elections and is motivated to involve more scientists in the political process. In the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development Program, Patrick is a Leader Mentor where he collaborates with other mentors and participants on projects related to leadership and many other issues, such as voter engagement. During the Fall 2016 semester, he assisted with voter registration events on campus
and he will continue to work with the Voter Registration and Engagement Task Force at SUNY Geneseo.
Sarah Jane Phillips is a Communication major with a double minor in Business Studies and Philosophy at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Sarah Jane is the Vice President of Membership for the Theta Pi chapter of Sigma Kappa as well a Student Mentor for Geneseo’s GOLD program for Leadership Development. After completing her time at Geneseo, Sarah Jane plans on attending Law School. Sarah Jane is honored to be an ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She hopes to share with students the importance of voting. As a citizen of the United States, she believes that everyone has the right and an obligation to vote, and should exercise this right to stay involved in today’s society.
In 1995, Ellen joined the Student Health Service Staff as the first full time Substance Abuse Counselor at Stony Brook University. After fifteen years, she moved to the Dean of Students suite in 2011 and now in addition to her alcohol and other drug education and outreach, she advocates for and advises students in a variety of capacities, organizes campus-wide events and supervises student staff. Ellen can often be found in the crowd of many athletic contests cheering on the Seawolves. When asked what she likes most about her job, she talks about times spent with students - if it is training the new Red Watch Band Members, assisting a student with a personal struggle, working special events with peer educators or just chatting with students on campus to catch up on what's new. Too many great moments to count, yet a truly special time shared with students was when Ellen accompanied 50 students from the Alternative Spring Break Organization (ASBO) to Galveston, Texas to assist in community clean up after Hurricane Ike destroyed much of the town. Life at SBU is fast moving and ever-changing, yet Ellen tries to slow it down, freeze time with her camera and find gratitude one day at a time.
Yark Beyan is a Sophomore at Stony Brook University studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Yark has always had a passion for helping those around her and has held several Student Government positions throughout her academic career. She hopes to pursue a career working for the United Nations Development Program. For now, Yark is excited to be an Ambassador for the Vote Everywhere program where she hopes to help promote civic engagement amongst her peers on campus.
My name is Muhammad Qasim Safdar and I am currently a freshmen at Stony Brook University. I prefer to be called by my middle name, which is Qasim. I am a biology major on the pre-med track. I was born in Pakistan, and moved to Queens when I was about nine years old. I am a very active person who loves to work out and play sports such as basketball. I am currently volunteering at Stony Brook Hospital in the department of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics lab, and an active member of the pre-med society club at my university.
Jalen is majoring in urban studies and minoring in business. Because he was born and raised in a suburb near the city, infamously known as the Motor City; Detroit, Michigan, he cannot help but be a car enthusiast. However, he is also a strong, caring, and responsible young African American male with ambitions to redesign urban cities. During his short period of time at TSU he has already joined a phenomenal organization on campus by the name of Collegiate 100, a community service, mentoring and tutoring based organization. Becoming a member of this organization has molded him into a confident young man that strives to excel and give back to his community. He has aspirations to become more involved at TSU as he continues with his studies following the university’s motto; to think, work and serve.
Frederick Hunter is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tougaloo College. One of the focal points of his research is to understand the changes within society that are influenced by the intersections of race, class, and gender, and the juxtaposition of those ideological terrains to the South. His research has allowed Frederick to explore areas of inquiry which are personal and illustrate his commitment to humankind, therefore, enabling him the opportunity to continue to push the intellectual limits within academia.
Latrice Johnson is a freshman English major and Pre-Law minor from Oklahoma City, OK. Attending the historic Tougaloo College, she serves as Secretary of the Tougaloo Ambassadors and Meritorious Scholars and Treasurer of the Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Society while remaining actively involved in several other organizations.Through her involvement with the RVA Pre-Law Society and NAACP, Latrice has gained experience in administering campus-wide voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote efforts. She is dedicated to improving the civic engagement of her generation and institution. As an organized leader, Latrice plans to express her passion for voting and civil rights by enhancing the campus morale and political involvement through her work as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador.
As a sophomore at historic Tougaloo College, I am strongly committed to being an agent of change. Since its inception, Tougaloo College has been known for producing outstanding change agents – most notably during the Civil Rights era. During the 1960s, Tougaloo College served as a training ground for young, civil rights leaders. Over time, students’ involvement in leadership positions has declined outside of the traditional student government positions. I believe Tougaloo College, like other colleges and universities, needs strong leaders who are willing to lead and listen to the concerns of the student body but most importantly help students realize what the most important issues our time are and how we can confront those issues. We are the 21st-century change agents.
Christopher D. Jensen, Ph.D. is the Director for the Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership. Chris is new to Towson University and to Maryland. He moved from Michigan where he was working at Oakland University. Chris has worked in higher education for over 17 years, in the areas of leadership development, community service/service-learning, campus safety, housing, Greek life, orientation, and enrollment management. His research has focused on the impact of community service experiences on students’ persistence in college. Chris coordinates many of the political engagement, environmental initiatives, service-learning, and leadership initiatives at Towson University. In addition, he has provided leadership training nationally, through his affiliations with LeaderShape, Maryland-DC Campus Compact, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Nancy Thomas directs the National Study on Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) and other initiatives at CIRCLE and the Jonathan M. Tisch College for Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University. She is also the co-founder and director of the Democracy Imperative, a national network of academics and practitioners working to advance civil discourse and learning for a diverse democracy on college campuses, and a senior associate with Everyday Democracy, a civic organization that works locally and nationally to increase citizen engagement in community and policy change. She earned her EdD at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Anna Del Castillo is a second year student at Tufts University majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security. She enjoys traveling and recently studied humanities at Oxford University through a Tufts summer program and plans to study abroad in Madrid, Spain during her junior year. Anna celebrates her identity as a Peruvian-Bolivian student, making trips to South America to visit family and learn about her heritage. Anna embraces diversity and is a member of the Bridge to Liberal Arts Success (BLAST) program at Tufts. At Tufts, she serves as an elected member of the Tufts University Senate where she was elected to serve on the executive board as the Diversity and Community Affairs Officer. She also serves as the external liaison for her school’s Amnesty International chapter, is a member of Chi Omega Fraternity, and is a Synaptic Scholar. Anna is also an intern for Green Corps where she is organizing a social and environmental justice workshop. Anna also served as a student representative on the Equal Educational Opportunity Committee at Tufts. Outside of class, Anna enjoys the outdoors, performing arts, social justice activism, and experiencing different cultures.
I from Connecticut, just outside of Hartford. My introduction to politics came in 8th grade when my social studies teacher, Mr. Kissinger, took me and four other students to see the inauguration of Barack Obama. Since that time I have become a political junkie, and worked to give other students the civic skills and knowledge that I have been taught. I am a political science major, but outside the classroom I am a writer for the two major Tufts publications, a part of the Tufts lacrosse program, and a member of the Tufts Democrats.
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).
Shana Oshinskie, a current freshman studying Journalism at The University of Alabama, grew up in a very small town in New Jersey, where her interest in access to unbiased information and its correlation to civic engagement began. More specifically, however, Shana is interested in the voting rights of freed felons and citizens of marginalized communities like the Alabama Black Belt, the lack of participation in local elections, and how these concerns can be ameliorated by access to high quality local and national journalism. She will spend her summer of 2017 in the rural community of Marion, Alabama, working with the Jean O'Connor-Snyder Program and various local nonprofits to improve local journalism and voter registration.
Norris Davis, a freshman at the University of Alabama, has lived across various locales in the Deep South and consequently has found his passion in the study of intersectionality and its various effects on voter participation and apathy in politics amongst various disenfranchised groups. Particularly, his coursework in his majors of psychology and political science have led him to serve and study within not only his campus community, but within the Black Belt region of Alabama as well. Norris has worked in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, and plans to continue his study of public policy and the law in conjunction with projects to increase voter registration amongst young adults and ex-felons, with the ultimate goal of working in policymaking in order to increase responsiveness to and representation of minority concerns and issues in Washington.
Alan Karras studies the eighteenth-century Atlantic world and global interactions more broadly concerning illegal activities like smuggling. Karras is the Associate Director of International & Area Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served as chair of the College Board’s test development committee for world history and as co-chair of the College Board's commission on AP history course revisions.
Sarah Funes has been an advocate for people with disabilities since being appointed to the disability and the youth commission in San Mateo County in 2007. Since 2010 she has been working on voting rights and legislation with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. She is very excited to continue her work to educate voters on their rights and allowing opportunities for young adults to get civically engaged. In addition to being a student and advocate, Sarah is an avid 49er fan, enjoys spending time with friends and family, and loves Ike’s Place in San Francisco.
Prior to joining the IOP staff, Crystal served as the Senior Manager of Corporate and External Partnerships at the Chicago Housing Authority where she worked with partners to provide resources for CHA residents through special events and programs. Crystal also spent time as the Assistant Director at the University Community Service Center at the University of Chicago, focusing on connecting students to the communities surrounding the University through days of service, volunteerism, community partnerships and advising students interested in community service. Much of Crystal's work has focused on engaging young people through mentorship, professional development and education. Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri - Columbia and her Masters Degree from the University of Chicago Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.
I am a second-year student pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science. I am the Project Manager for the Citizen Bulletin newsletter at the University of Chicago's Democracy Initiative which is a weekly publication detailing the actions (or inactions) of our representatives from city alderman all the way to the President of the United States. Also, on campus, I volunteer as an Events Ambassador at the Institute of Politics and play on the men’s Ultimate team. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, exploring Chicago, and playing sports.
Adam Reynolds is a third year student at the University of Chicago. As a co-founder of the UChicgao Democracy Initiative he is actively involved in voter registration efforts and in civic activism. He is also involved with MUNUC, ChoMUN, and Team (UChicago’s Model UN organizations), as a tour guide on campus, and as a Resident Assistant in Halperin House. He is an economics major, human rights minor, and spends his free time exploring Chicago and hanging out with friends.
Andrew Corzo is a third year at the University of Chicago. He is pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and hopes to earn a Masters in Public Policy. Andrew is the Project Manager for voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts at the UChicago Democracy Initiative, a nonpartisan civic engagement student group that works to register voters and promote participation in government. His goal is to make an impact on the Chicago community through civic engagement.
Dr. Hunter Phillips Goodman serves as the Executive Director of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton. She believes strongly in the power of community and neighborhoods to make a positive difference in partnership with local universities.
As a nonprofit executive director, fundraiser, researcher, student advocate, teacher, and higher education professional, Hunter has a passion for strong, vibrant leadership and community based partnership.
Anna Herrmann is a senior double majoring in Music and Communication. She is heavily involved in music ensembles on campus, works for the Department of Chemical Engineering, and serves as Alumnae Relations Chair and a member of the standards board for Kappa Delta Sorority. She is excited to take part in a program with humbling and inspiring history as well as encourage her campus community to become more politically involved.
Katherine is a junior at the University of Dayton, double majoring in communications and political science. Outside of Vote Everywhere, Katherine is also involved in Dayton Civic Scholars, through the Fitz Center, and is the Secretary of PRSSA. Katherine is enthusiastic to bring this new program to campus and make University of Dayton a more politically conscious campus. As a Vote Everywhere ambassador, Katherine’s focus is to erase the stigma that college students are not politically aware and make voting more accessible to students.
Kevin Baron holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Florida, focusing on American Institutions and Politics. He holds a master’s degree in political science from UF and in public administration from Sonoma State University, where he also received a bachelor’s degree in political science. Kevin's current research focuses on power struggles within Congress and between Congress and the president during the long-term legislative process, and how that process leads toward institutional reform.
Understanding the connections between government, politics, and individuals is why Kevin is the Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Bob Graham Center. Civics education and preparing students for their role as a citizen means understanding the symbiotic relationship between government and society. Most important, how we as individuals have the ability to influence positive change within our local communities and nationally. Being an informed and engaged citizen is at the heart of the US Constitution and necessary for a democratic republic to thrive. Kevin oversees various student programs, including the Graham Center Civic Scholars and the Healthy 3C Grant Initiative, teaching the Center's "Rethinking Citizenship" course, as well as advising several student organizations. From 2011 to 2015, Kevin was the Graham Center's graduate assistant where he worked on a variety of programs in the office.
Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Kevin was the director of government affairs for an independent small business advocacy organization focused on policy reform and oversight of federal contracting and procurement programs.
Hector is a rising sophomore at the University of Florida double majoring in physics and mathematics. He is involved with the Center of Leadership and Service, as well as the Southern Scholarship Foundation; where he serves as an ambassador. Obtaining citizenship last year made Hector understand the importance of civic engagement in our lives. He is curious about the dynamics in the universe, which is why he enjoys the subject of physics so much. Eventually he wants to do research in Cosmology and be a tenured professor at a university.
Megan Newsome is an astronomy and physics major at the University of Florida. When not stargazing, she spends most free time volunteering with youth deemed “at-risk” by providing tutoring and mentorship. An advocate for sustainability, she worked with the Student Honors Organization as an executive board member and as the Community Service Director to prioritize the development of ecological friendliness on the UF campus. As the Vice President of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Society of UF, Megan’s goals are to encourage inclusivity in the physical sciences as well as strengthen curiosity of the sciences among K-12 students. Megan’s focuses as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador are to erase the stigma of voting being “useless” among millennials while promoting students to open themselves up to third-parties that best stand with their beliefs.
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.
Taylor Parks is from Louisville, Kentucky, majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology at the University of Louisville. She is very passionate about her photography business and community service on and around campus. Taylor is involved in Freshmen LEAD, the Student Activities Board, and serves as internal social chair and historian for Kappa Delta sorority. She is highly interested in the electoral system, wants to learn more, and is dedicated to teach others this valuable information along the way.
I am a first year freshman majoring in Nursing at The University of Louisville. I plan to graduate with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then further my education to become a Nurse Anesthetist. I have not had the opportunity to be very involved on campus, so I am extremely excited to join Vote Everywhere as an Ambassador! I am very passionate about everything I do and I love helping others! I look forward to being an Ambassador to be able to obtain voting knowledge as well as give it. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, I want students to know that their voice matters!
Matthew R. Wilson serves as Assistant Professor of Performance at the University of Mississippi and works around the world as a professional actor, director, fight director, scholar, and theatre instructor. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors' Guild / American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Society of American Fight Directors, and Association of Theatre Movement Educators. He is a three-time Helen Hayes Award nominee and has taught internationally, including serving as a Guest Artist/Instructor at NYU, Columbia, Northwestern, and Georgetown.
Allen Coon is majoring in public policy leadership and African American Studies. Allen is extensively engaged in Mississippi politics, serving as the President of the University of Mississippi College Democrats, President of the Mississippi College Democrats State Executive Board, and Secretary of the Young Democrats of Mississippi, and Chair of the University of Mississippi NAACP. Allen has social justice experience, serving as an intern for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and as a junior mentor for the Institute’s Summer Youth Institute. Allen has sought to promote student activism on campus, organizing die-ins based on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and leading student protests against the dismissal of UM Chancellor Dan Jones.
Dawn advises the Vice President on the design and implementation of strategic initiatives related to all levels of government and key stakeholders. As Director, she leads communications and public affairs collaborations across the University, especially as related to public policy and advocacy strategies. She also supervises OGCA's budget and administrative operations.
Dawn earned her Bachelor's degree in English and minor certificate in Women's Studies at West Virginia University.
Morgan joined the Hinckley Institute in May 2012 as Local Program Manager, after serving as Research Director for the Utah Foundation. She has worked as a Policy and Research Analyst at the Utah State Office of Planning and Budget, and as a Research Analyst for the Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Council. Morgan served as a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee intern, and as a Page in the U.S. Senate. She has led humanitarian expeditions to Puca Cruz, Ecuador, and Keeraru, Ethiopia. Morgan graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Political Science, from Brigham Young University with a Master’s of Public Policy, and received her PhD in Political Science from George Washington University. She is married to Geoff Cotti and has two children.
Gerrit Seymour first got involved with the Hinckley Institute as a student. In total he has served three hinckley internships. He serves the office in various capacities, including website maintenance, managing HIP Talks, and running technology for Hinckley Forums.
As an honors double major in biology and environmental geoscience, a minor in political science, and a community engaged scholar designation, Michaela enjoys utilizing scientific knowledge to craft better public policy. A strong believer in the democratic process, Michaela hopes her time with the Andrew Goodman Foundation will help her increase civic and political engagement at the University of Utah. In addition, Michaela also serves as the associate director of government relations in the University of Utah student government, as a Program Director for the Edible Campus Gardens, and is an active member of the Delta Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Thulasi is a third year student studying Geography at the University of Utah. She has competed internships in state government and the British Parliament, both of which have given her passion for our political process and the ways in which people should use it for change. She hopes to work in public policy to that end after graduation. Working with the Andrew Goodman Foundation promoting voting access is an amazing opportunity to help strengthen our political process, and she values it highly.
Kaestle Charlesworth attends the University of Utah, she is a Political Science Major with a focus in Campaign Management. She has been involved in her community and civic engagement ins several facets. She held multiple internships in local, state, and federal political offices. Upon her return from D.C. Kaestle worked as the Director of Field Operations for a congressional campaign. She serves as the ASUU Director of Government Relations for the University with a commitment to increasing millennial voter turnout. She is honored to be a Vote Everywhere Ambassador she feels incredibly lucky to be a part of this network of young patriots.
Katherine J. Cramer (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2000) is Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, the Elections Research Center, the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, and the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their place in it. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. Her book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, examines rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics (University of Chicago Press, 2016). She has also published as Katherine Cramer Walsh and is the author of Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2007), Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life (University of Chicago Press, 2004) and co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Have Undermined Citizenship and What We Can Do About It with the members of the American Political Science Association’s Task Force on Civic Engagement and Civic Education, Stephen Macedo, Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Jeffrey M. Berry, Michael Brintnall, David E. Campbell, Luis Ricardo Fraga, Archon Fung, William A. Galston, Christopher F. Karpowitz, Margaret Levi, Meira Levinson, Keena Lipsitz, Richard G. Niemi, Robert D. Putnam, Wendy M. Rahn, Rob Reich, Robert R. Rodgers, Todd Swanstrom (Brookings, 2005). She is the recipient of the 2012 APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section Award for the best qualitative or multi-method submission to the American Political Science Review, a 2006 UW-Madison Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, a 2012-2014 UW-Madison Vilas Associate Award, and a 2015-2018 Leon Epstein Faculty Fellowship Award.
Alex Kulstad is currently studying Political Science and English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alex’s interest in Political Science stems from his time working as a Page in the United States Senate. As a Page, Alex witnessed firsthand how the national government functions. Juxtaposing his work in the Senate, Alex worked in local government as an intern with Alderman Maurice Cheeks. Using his experiences on a variety of scales, small and large, Alex is working on efforts to make voting easier for all — on and off campus. Alex is extraordinary passionate about civic engagement and is excited to continue working to ensure Democracy works for all.
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.
Camilla Harris is majoring in international studies with a concentration in social justice in the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She is also minoring in Spanish and business with honors and is pursuing a certificate in international management studies. She is excited about serving as a Vote Everywhere ambassador to VCU students and to the Richmond community at large.
My name is Anthony Jones and I am currently a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University. I am double majoring in Sociology and International Social Justice, and am minoring in Spanish. Basically, I really like learning about people and if I can learn about them all around the world, then all the better! Outside of AGF, I am a fraternity man of Lambda Chi Alpha, and I am very involved in variety of different community service organizations on-campus and in the Richmond community. Some of the organizations I am a part of or lead, just in-case we can bond over them, are Circle K International, Students Helping Honduras, and I am a weekly volunteer at a local elementary school. To me, volunteering is the best way to find that common denominator of being human, because nothing strengthens a connection more than helping others.
As a political science major at Western Carolina University, I greatly enjoy participating in the political process in whatever capacity I am able. I have experience with several different facets of politics, such as an internship with a presidential campaign during the 2016 primary and then moving on to be involved with a national party committee for a few months before the general election in November, 2016. Additionally, I worked with the Jackson County Board of Elections at WCU’s on campus early voting site. Each of these positions helped to refine my interpersonal skills and expand my understanding of how politics works and how things can be changed politically.