Meet the Spring 2020 CEEP Fellows
CEEP Fellows are students who help carry out our approaches on the ground, working with the nonpartisan engagement teams on their campus. Reaching out to their peers, they help register their fellow students to vote, navigate them through voting rules, distribute our nonpartisan candidate guides and other educational materials, and organize and carry out Get Out The Vote events. CEEP’s Fellows have a powerful impact on student voter participation while developing valuable leadership skills, with many calling their experience “life-changing.” Click here to view an overview of the CEEP Fellowship program.
“I’m first in my family to go to college. As a CEEP Fellow, I became educated, aware, fully engaged in this year’s election. I became an influencer, a voter and a proud being who isn’t as lost as she used to be. Many people are highly confused by why I’m so engaged in voting issues as a STEM major. I simply answer, ‘CEEP taught me how.’” — Axianax Merone, CEEP Fellow, Miami Dade College
Every CEEP fellow is a valued member of our election engagement community. Our newly formed Alumni Association allows us to stay in touch with previous fellows. To see our fellows from 2019, 2018, and 2016 click here.
Estela Felix Almeida is a student at Prescott College majoring in Sustainability Management with an emphasis in Communications. She is excited to be a CEEP Fellow because she wants to engage and inform her community. Estela wants to create a better communication system to energize the community and create events centered on electoral engagements. She is an event planner at heart and strongly believes that each person can make a difference.
Gabriel Castañeda is a student at Mesa Community College majoring in Business and hoping to pursue a career in Marketing. He is excited to help students recognize why it is important for them to vote through his Fellowship with CEEP this semester.
Bianca Ibarra is a student currently finishing up her last semester at Mesa Community College in Arizona. She is a Film and Media Production major and she is interested in becoming a CEEP Fellow because she believes that one of the best qualities about this country is the right to vote. She wants to be able to provide the citizens in her local community with non-partisan opportunities and resources on voting.
Vicente Ortiz is a sophomore at Mesa Community College. He has been involved in many organizations, and he is excited to be a CEEP fellow to better educate people about voting and to obtain better leadership skills. He hopes to explore a new field of activism and civic engagement that he has not yet experienced.
Kim Johnson is a nursing student at Arapahoe Community College, pursuing a bachelor’s in nursing with an emphasis in pediatric oncology and a minor in social work. Her goal is to do all that she can to make this world a better place. She has been an activist for various causes and being a fellow for CEEP, provides a unique platform where she can use her voice to encourage her peers to use their own voices to enact change.
Zoë Alfonso is a psychology major at Florida State University. Zoë enjoys working with kids, has opened her own private practice and owns her own café. Zoë served as a CEEP Fellow in Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and thoroughly enjoys working with other Fellows and getting creative with events and engagement ideas.
Akeem Anglin is a returning Fellow at Florida International University. As a child of immigrants, it has been instilled in Akeem to never take the rights and opportunities as an American citizen for granted. Akeem cannot imagine a world in which he would not fulfill his civic duty and rally to the polls. To be entrusted by CEEP to share and educate the importance of voting to fellow members of his student body was simply an opportunity Akeem could not walk away from.
Matamron Bacon is a student at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. He is currently majoring in English Literature and Political Science with a contraction in Economics. Being a CEEP Fellow empowers him to reach out to his peers and collegiate community at large and inform them on the importance of civic engagement. He hopes to continue this effort far beyond this Fellowship and utilize the strategies CEEP teaches him to effect change in his community years from now.
Geyris Batista currently attends Florida International University at the Maidique campus. Her major at Florida International is Real Estate with a pre law certificate. She wanted to join CEEP as soon as she learned about the position because she has always felt voting is a civil duty and everyone’s voice should be heard. This year will be her first year participating in the presidential election and she can’t wait to see all of the people joining her as they vote for the first time.
Gabriella Duroseau attends Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Political Science. She is interested in being a CEEP because she wants to engage young adults and minorities in registering to vote and educating them. She is currently an Emerging Eagles and Peer Coach Mentor on campus.
Reagan Fox is a social entrepreneurship major at Lynn University. Outside of school, Reagan serves as Vice President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and President of Gen Z Votes. One of Reagan’s biggest passions is expressing everyone’s right to vote
Holly Kachler is a political science major and history minor at Barry University. Holly’s main goal in life has always been to help others and learn as much as possible, which lead her to political science. Holly is very excited to apply her passion for helping the community and providing education with the resources and training she receives from CEEP.
Tyler Kasmir is a computer science major at Miami Dade College Homestead Campus. Tyler is fascinated with the political world and is interested in the CEEP Fellows program because he loves to help out his community in any way possible and would love to see his peers and “Homesteadians” go out and express their political voice through the means of voting.
Kaitlyn Levon is a freshman at the University of Florida, as well as a proud member of Phi Mu. She is majoring in Political Science on the Pre-Law track, while additionally pursuing a minor in sustainability. She hopes to one day become an environmental lawyer and fight for our right to enjoy clean air and water. Fighting for the environment has always been a passion of hers, and she thinks politics and voting is a great way for any student to demonstrate their own individual passion. She became a CEEP fellow on her campus because she wants to renew students’ faith in the democratic process.
Teddisha Mackey is a dual hospitality management major at Florida Memorial University. She became interested in becoming a CEEP Fellow because she believes that everyone has a voice and each voice counts. She feels that it is our fundamental right to participate in the election process, and it is a right that we should never take for granted.
Axianax Merone is a CEEP Fellow at the University of Florida. Axianax values the importance of great leadership, hard work and dedication. As the first in her family to go to college, Axianax strives to be a great example for her younger siblings. Axianax hopes to use these platforms as a way of bettering who she is as a leader and hopes to be the change that she wants to see in the world.
Albany Muria is a public administration major on the pre-law track at the University of Miami. Albany is beyond excited to work with talented and passionate individuals to promote voter engagement on campus. Albany believes that it’s so important for young adults to be involved in the political decision-making process and can’t wait to help others become proactive citizens.
Katie Rasmussen is a psychology and anthropology major at the University of North Florida. Katie has been involved with politics and civic engagement from a young age and has always felt a sense of priority to be an active citizen. Both of Katie’s parents work in politics, so civic duty was always the heartbeat of her home. As a result of those values, when she was given the opportunity to work with CEEP, Katie was really excited to get to work.
Wendy Cossett Rodriguez is a cyber security major at Miami Dade College Hialeah Campus. Wendy strives to be involved in her community by being part of influential clubs and projects. This can be demonstrated by her participation in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) as the current president and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). Being a CEEP Fellow will give Wendy the proper resources to inform and engage more of her Fellow STEM peers to be part of the conversation when it comes to civic engagement and democracy.
Laura R Santos is a dual language associate in arts in political science and/or economics major in the Honors College at Miami Dade College Padrón Campus. Laura was interested in becoming a CEEP Fellow, because she really values democracy and civic engagement as her family comes from a country where people died for the right of making their voice heard.
Jamie Schulman is a political science and psychology major at Florida State University. Jamie is very passionate about making sure that people use their voice when it comes to the ballots as it is such a privilege to have the opportunity to do so. Jamie was fortunate enough to be a CEEP Fellow last fall and I cannot wait to see what all the Fellows have in store this time around.
Sam Spencer is a cellular and molecular biology major and film minor at the University of South Florida. Sam believes every student should be engaged in their community and should participate in all elections.
Shane Sullivan is a junior at Florida Atlantic University seeking a degree in Political Science. Since the beginning of his educational journey at FAU he has grown increasingly interested in the study of politics and international relations. He is excited to become a CEEP Fellow, as the Fellowship position exists as a great way to gain relevant experience in the field, spread political awareness, and get out the vote on campus!
Paola Gonzalez attends Dalton State College, a community college located in Dalton, Georgia. Her major is Biology with a minor in sustainability and concentration on environmental science. She is overjoyed to be part of an organization that encourages students on campuses all over the nation to vote. She is thrilled to be able to directly get in touch with my peers and educate the importance of voting. She strongly believes we all deserve to be heard and will never cease to execute her desire to reach out and stay engaged.
JJ Lopez attends Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. She is a nursing major and with a political science minor. She is interested in CEEP because even though she is going into the medical field, she has a passion for politics and advocacy. She wants to eventually work with medical policy in the government.
Rickia Stafford is a political science major at the University of West Georgia. She wanted to be a CEEP Fellow, because she is that young adult who did not get reached. Rickia turned 18, gained an amazing right and didn’t understand how powerful it was. She wants to ensure that students on her campus do not have the same feeling or lack of voter education that she faced. Rickia wants to create an inclusive environment for all and give her peers the resources to be civically engaged.
Garrett Arbuckle is a political science major and legal studies minor at Morningside College. Garrett was interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because he thinks that civic responsibility is very important. Garrett thinks that through this Fellowship he will be able to help with the informative side of elections and voter registration, as well as assist in the actual execution of these processes. Garrett is very excited for this new opportunity.
Raina Hogberg is a political philosophy major at Kirkwood Community College. Raina is excited to join the CEEP team to further her knowledge of the political system, eager to acquire greater networking skills while strengthening her understanding of nonpartisanship. Raina looks forward to engaging with her fellow students and creating an environment where her peers can become more active within the community.
Jocelyn Roof is a sociology and political science major at the University of Iowa. Jocelyn is excited to get students registered to vote and out to the polls because she thinks the voices of young people are truly indispensable. Jocelyn is ready to make sure every Hawkeye is excited about politics and the role of democracy in everyday life.
Elise Sturgeon is a political science and applied philosophy major and Spanish minor with a certificate in the Honors program at Simpson College. Elise is involved in the Culver Fellowship, speech and debate, and theatre on campus. Elise is excited to be a CEEP Fellow, because she wants to increase engagement and participation in the Iowa caucuses, which are a very unique process that can be daunting to many young voters.
Isabela McClintock is a public relations major at Northern Kentucky University. Isabela is deeply privileged to enjoy the right to vote in the United States and is so excited for the opportunity to empower youth voters and help others to see their vote really does count.
Kayla Payne is a political science major at the University of Louisville. Kayla has been passionate about voter turnout for quite some time and has worked with a number of organizations whose mission it is to not only register more people to vote but to encourage them to show up on any given Election Day. Kayla currently serves as Executive Vice President of her university’s student government association and is excited to blend her responsibilities as a CEEP Fellow and that of an elected student official in encouraging higher voter turnout in Louisville and across the commonwealth.
Amy Burke is a natural resource ecology management and French major at Louisiana State University. Since a young age, Amy’s parents have challenged her to think critically about the world around her, emphasizing the importance of civic engagement. Ever since, Amy has worked tirelessly to motivate others to be active, well-informed citizens. Amy believes that student voices are critical to our political process, so she is thrilled to have the support of CEEP as she encourages students to vote in the Louisiana gubernatorial election this October.
TJ Gourlay attends the University of Southern Maine and double majoring in Economics and Social Work. After graduation, he’d like to get a Masters in Labor Studies and work in union organization and negotiation. Voting and civic engagement is imperative to the representation of working-class Americans. He believes it is necessary to preserve economic and social prosperity for all, opposed to a few. With a new program launched at USM called Democracy and Diversity, he hopes to build a foundation for student engagement on campus and within the local community for years to come!
Amalia Herren-Lage is a student at Bates College majoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She works at Bates as the Community Engagement Fellow and along with CEEP is working to help her classmates create civically-minded habits. She is excited to learn from her peers at CEEP and help build an engaged generation of students.
Helena Higgins is a senior at the University of Maine. She majors in Political Science with a minor in History. Helena’s love for politics and voting started at a young age, thanks to her mother. Since, she has worked on campaigns and volunteers at the polls during elections. Outside of the political realm, Helena is a staff writer for Her Campus and a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Penny Mack is a prospective government major at Bowdoin College. Penny is excited about educating both herself and her peers and is ready to challenge herself and achieve her goals with CEEP.
Ethan Bradley is an applied statistics and political science major with a specialization in campaigns and elections at Oakland University. He is the Legislative Affairs Director for Oakland University Student Congress, Tools and Tech Lead of the Oakland and Macomb Counties chapter of Students Demand Action, and a volunteer member of the committee staff for the Great Lakes Invitational Model United Nations Conference. Ethan got involved with CEEP, because he believes access to the right to vote is the single largest obstacle facing students in political life.
Tova Carter is a second year student part of the James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University. There she is studying for a double major in Social Relations & Policy, and Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy, and two minors in Bio Ethics and S.T.E.P.P. (Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy). She has been politically active from a young age, and this will be her second semester as a CEEP Fellow. Tova believes that non-partisan engagement is key to revitalizing the United States democracy.
Alina DeVoogd is a political science and Spanish major and biology minor at Saginaw Valley State University. Alina hopes to work in environmental policy research in the future after attending graduate school. Alina’s passions are knowledge and education, service, environmentalism and advocacy. Alina wanted to be a CEEP Fellow, because she believes in empowering and educating others to create the world they want to live in.
Allie Ingalls is a sophomore at Wayne State University majoring in political science. She is interested in the Collection Election Engagement Program because she believes everyone has the right to vote and that engaging young people in politics is the greatest way to strengthen our democracy. She loves to learn and teach what she has learned, which is why educating people on their right to vote is one of the most important things she believes she can do in her undergraduate studies.
Sam Jacobs is a public administration major and political science minor at Grand Valley State University. Sam is excited about being a CEEP Fellow, because he wants to help students become more engaged and active in their communities through civic engagement and voting. Sam wants to help keep his campus a place where voting is important to the students and faculty and where all voices can be heard.
Ariana Khan is a sophomore at Eastern Michigan University majoring in Statistics with a minor in Sustainability. She is an active contributor on campus, working for Orientation, the LGBT+ Resource Center, Student Government, and frequently collaborating on projects with other departments across campus. Being involved with the student body has made her aware of how many concerns directly impact students and how voter engagement can do wonders to alleviate many of these issues that weigh heavily on young folks especially.
Jocelyn Medina is a student at Grand Rapids Community College studying communication in higher education-student affairs. She is excited to give her full energy to become a fellow because she loves advocating to students important subjects that affect them now and in the future. She thinks many people are not fully educated on voting and think it’s much more difficult than what it really is and she wants to work to change that.
Kat O’Donnell is an arts management major and management minor at Western Michigan University. Kat is excited to be a CEEP Fellow, because she believes it is important to provide people with nonpartisan tools to help them vote. Voting is such a powerful and fulfilling right we have as citizens of the U.S., and Kat wants to share that with as many people as possible. Kat works on social media and website for WeVote, a committee on campus, and is excited to begin working.
Katie Prebelich is an integrative public relations major and a political science and leadership minor at Central Michigan University. Katie is involved in her Student Government Association, Leadership Institute and Organization of Women Leaders. Katie has also worked on campaigns, a congressional committee and is a precinct delegate in her hometown. Katie can’t wait to use the skills that she has gained from all of her experiences to help her peers on campus become more engaged and informed voters.
Nicolas PreFontaine is a fellow at Grand Rapids Community College majoring in Law and Political Science. He is excited to be a CEEP fellow because he wants to get more young people involved in politics and registered to vote.
Samantha Uptmor is a political science major at the University of Michigan Flint. Samantha is a returning CEEP Fellow, and is extremely passionate about voter engagement and education. Samantha was recently an intern at The Walt Disney Company and is currently the Director of Foreign Outreach for her campus’s Student Government.
Josiah Walker is a political science major and an entrepreneurship minor at the University of Michigan. Josiah’s interest in the civic engagement process was piqued when he was exposed to a variety of thinking styles as he grew up in Maryland, Michigan, and North Carolina. Josiah believes it is imperative that everyone participates in the political process because no one party or individual has the solution to every problem. Throughout his college career, Josiah has remained involved with several student political organizations, including Turn Up Turnout, a nonpartisan student group whose goal is to increase voter registration and turnout among 18- to 24-year-olds. Josiah also served as a Diversity Peer Educator, a resident advisor whose primary responsibility was to help students navigate conflicting cultural and political identities on campus.
Lija Wendt is a student at Delta College. She hopes to go on to get a Bachelor’s degree in either Political Science or Sociology. She is interested in being a CEEP Fellow because she desires to see real change within her college community regarding civic engagement and awareness. She is passionate about young adults becoming empowered to participate in the political system as they discover what it truly means to be a citizen.
Zaynab Abdi is a senior honor student at St. Catherine University. She is a refugee from Yemen as well as the Student Senate President. Following her academic passions has led her to major in Political Science, International Studies, and Philosophy. She is the student coordinator for Civic Engagement Collective working on voter access and education. As someone who can’t vote yet, she wants everyone to understand the privilege of the right to vote. A returning CEEP Fellow from Fall 2018, she credits the fellowship to having helped her to learn about elections and how we engaged students. Globally involved as an Immigrant and Refugee Youth Ambassador with the Green Card Voices project Zaynab, co-authored a book of “Green Card Youth Voices”. The book is an anthology that captures the stories of other young immigrants in Minnesota. She works alongside the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as a youth advocate for girls education and has spoken at the United Nations several times. Her story is featured in Malala’s recent book “We Are Displaced”. Her future plans include going to grad school to get a dual degree in International Affairs and Human Rights Law. She hopes to work globally with the refugee communities around the world to help them gain political power, engage civically and inspire others to lead.
Willard Huyck is a political science and public administration major and criminal justice minor at Winona State University. Willard’s areas of academic interest include contemporary issues in the criminal justice system, judicial philosophy and civic engagement. Willard has previously worked for the Winona County Attorney’s Office and the City of Saint Louis Park.
Emma Verkuilen is dually enrolled at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in the PSEO Program. Emma loves learning about politics and the systems by which our government is constructed. Emma hopes to one day work for the ACLU in civil rights advocacy for issues regarding race relations and mass incarceration.
Sarah Hill is a political science major with certificates in leadership and Spanish at Webster University. Sarah has worked on various voting rights and electoral-reform campaigns and loves encouraging Fellow voters to get involved in elections, no matter their party affiliation, or the lack-thereof. Other involvements and pastimes at her university include serving as the 2019-2020 Student Body President, leading the campus-wide community service organization that she founded, and consistently—also shamelessly—having a voter registration application on hand any time another student mentions anything election-related.
Ryan Moser is a public policy and administration major at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ryan has always had such a passion for politics and elections and believes this is a great opportunity to help get more students civically engaged.
Sidney Steele is a convergence journalism and political science major at the University of Missouri. At Mizzou, Sidney serves as the President of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri and is a Kinder Scholar. Sidney is interested in the relationship between media and the political process and using media as a tool for political education. After graduation, Sidney plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree studying politics and the media.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Camacho is a business major at the College of Southern Nevada. Jackie was interested in being a CEEP Fellow to spread voter awareness to people of all ages and ultimately impact her community in a positive way. She always wanted to help out what is around her in some way, and being a Fellow will allow and help her find her way to be an advocate and figure out her own life goals from there.
Raeyan Goff attends the University of Nevada Las Vegas, double majoring in social work and criminal justice with minors in African American Studies and Sociology. Her goal is to be a therapist for women in prison who experience trauma and to have a nonprofit for marginalized communities, which is why she is excited to be a CEEP Fellow. She feels this Fellowship would give her the necessary experience for dealing with people who won’t always agree with her opinion, and help her learn how to combat that. In doing so, she will learn the different approaches necessary for talking to different people because as a social worker/therapist, she is going to need to know how to deal with resistance without giving up.
James Meriweather is a junior at Nevada State College studying Business Administration. James works as a tutor for the college (tutoring in the subjects of Math, Chemistry, Accounting) and he is also a Sophomore Senator for the Nevada State Student Alliance. He is interested in joining CEEP to understand the voting process in a more thorough and formal manner and to share that information with his community so that they, too, can be well informed.
Michael Carroll is a sophomore student of Brookdale Community College (BCC). His major is Political Science and he wanted to join the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) in order to gain experience from educating students on campus about voter registration and engagement in the election process while organizing voter engagement events. Michael is hoping that his role as Vice President of the History and Political Science Club at Brookdale will help him in this fellowship.
Devon Gill is a political science major and a sociology and legal studies minor at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Devon serves as the President of the Model United Nations Club and the Vice President of the Political Science Club. Devon’s ultimate goal after graduation is to continue to law school and eventually become a United States Congresswoman. Devon wishes to be a part of the CEEP Fellowship to create a culture of political awareness and increase civic engagement across the campus community. Devon believes that the CEEP Fellowship will allow her to better equip students, faculty and staff with the tools needed to eagerly participate in local, state and national elections.
Lawton Ives is a Statistics & Analytics major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also pursuing a certificate in Energy and the Environment at Duke University through the Robertson Scholars Program. Lawton has worked on a variety of civic engagement efforts through student government and UNC’s student-led Institute of Politics and is looking forward to working with CEEP to bring UNC’s voter participation to the next level.
Ayesha Kamdar attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying Health Systems Management. She was immediately interested in being a CEEP Fellow for the opportunity to get more involved in her community. She has always been very interested in civic engagement and believes this will be an effective way to stay involved on campus while supporting civic engagement efforts
Destinee Matthews attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying Health Systems Management. She hopes to someday become a dentist and own her own dental office. Being a CEEP Fellow will further educate her and allow her to educate others on the importance of being politically engaged. While being involved directly with the government is not her ultimate goal, she wants to be a part of helping to change her community.
Jordan Rasheed is an inclusive education major at Western Carolina University. For Jordan, working with CEEP means that she will have a direct impact on campus engagement and involvement when it comes to voter education and registration. Jordan has done a lot of nonpartisan work focusing on voter education, voter registration and lobbying on both the local and national level. Being a CEEP Fellow will allow her to organize events and express the importance of community engagement when it comes to voter engagement and education.
Maysieo Tanks is a political science major with a certificate in security studies at NC Central University. Maysieo was interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because this will serve as one of their first steps to becoming who they want to be and reach their full potential.
Aigné M. Taylor is a student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Due to her aspirations to be an attorney and later Supreme Court Justice, she is double majoring in Political Science and Sociology to gain a direct insight into our political systems and how our human society functions. Being an active member of the Student Government Association, where she serves as the Political Action Committee Chair, she is able to register an abundance of students to vote and cultivate a safe haven for political action. Serving as a CEEP Fellow will fully equip her with the tools to allow her to continue advocating for equal voting rights on a larger scale while continuously educating the already politically engaged campus community of North Carolina A&T.
Devin Brown is an international relations and real estate major at Columbus State Community College. Devin was interested in being a CEEP Fellow because of his fascination with politics. Devin is now combining his passion of politics with his other passion of connecting with the youth. Devin believes it is important that today’s youth choose the type of world that they want to live in, in the future. In order to do that, they need to vote. Devin also loves to travel, play soccer and chess, and just connect with people.
Claire Davis is a sophomore at Marietta College. She is working towards a major in Political Science with a minor in Communication. A participant in Model United Nations, she is excited to be a part of CEEP because she is passionate about political engagement and looks forward to educating students on campus about voting.
Katrina Davis is pursuing an associates degree at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She chose to become a CEEP fellow because she is interested in a movement that will change the world, not just a community. With you, I can “Forward Us”.
Joey Derrico is a political science and public affairs major and an international business minor at The Ohio State University. Joey was interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because he believes that civic engagement, specifically voter registration, is the best way to empower others to create their own change at the ballot box. On campus, Joey is active in other civic engagement groups such as OSU Votes. After college, Joey hopes to pursue a law degree with the eventual goal of serving as a Judge Advocate General in the Navy.
Tyger Devore is a former Fellow from Columbus State Community College now attending Ohio State University. She is pursuing a bachelor degree in Political Science with a minor of American History. She also plans on pursuing a law degree after graduating. She is incredibly excited to continue to be a part of an organization that believes in empowering and educating young voters and our communities.
Tait Ferguson is a political science major and an environmental studies and religion minor at Denison University. Tait wanted to be a CEEP Fellow, because civic engagement and education is very important to him. A lot of students on Denison’s campus do not have a comprehensive understanding of how to be involved, and Tait wants to make sure that process is as easy and simple as possible.
Deanna Henry is a student at Ohio State University. After completing her major in Political Science, she is now pursuing a double-major in Public Affairs, as well as a minor in Peace Studies. Motivated by a desire to learn and help others, Deanna is active in several organizations on campus; including Politics, Society, and Law Scholars, College Democrats, and OSU Votes. With plans to work in Washington, D.C. upon graduation, Deanna is excited to be part of the Campus Election Engagement Project to increase civic engagement in her community.
Rebecca Leslein is an interior design major at Lakeland Community College. Rebecca is excited to be a CEEP Fellow, because she believes it is important that people of all ages continue to stay educated on important issues, local or national. Rebecca used to work for a grassroots, nonpartisan nonprofit that had a focus on providing people with the information and resources they need to make educated votes on local environmental issues.
Ethan Lower is a political science major and a pre-law, English and philosophy minor at Kent State University. This is Ethan’s second year as a resident assistant, and he serves as President of the May 4th Task Force, an organization dedicated to commemorating those killed and injured on May 4, 1970, as well as educating others on the issues and injustices surrounding the event. Ethan is passionate about voter engagement, education and registration, which drew him to the CEEP Fellow position.
Sophia Maltese is a student at John Carroll University. She is studying English and Communication and she has a minor in Political Science. Sophia loves to write and report for her school paper, The Carroll News, and seeks to engage her Fellow students in the media. She is a major proponent of the democratic process and is seeking a career in investigative journalism.
Richard Milnar is an organizational leadership major at Cincinnati State Community and Technical College. Richard has been a political junkie since the age of eight and is not your normal college student, having taken 27 years between classes, before finding a reason to come back to school. Richard’s focus is private property rights and true home ownership, and his goal is to enable everyone to truly own their home.
Cameron Monaghan is a political science major and a legal studies minor at Baldwin Wallace University. Cameron is passionate about organizing, political involvement and informing as many people as possible about the importance of active citizenship, which naturally led to his interest in becoming a CEEP Fellow and directing Jackets Engaged.
Sierra Nathans is a student at Bowling Green State University. She has two majors, one of which is Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law, and the other is Sociology. Sierra is excited to be a CEEP Fellow because she feels it would be an amazing opportunity and great experience to develop new skills. She also believes that civic engagement is extremely important, especially on college campuses.
Kish Richardson is a philosophy major with a focus in cognitive studies and international human rights at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to being a CEEP Fellow this semester, Kish will also be interning with the Ohio Innocence Project and serving as a Senator At-Large within UC’s Undergraduate Student Government. Kish is ecstatic to have been chosen as a CEEP Fellow as he believes civic activism is a critical component to rectify the flaws in our political systems, as well as creating the change necessary within our world
Taylor Ronnebaum is a political science major at Wright State University. Taylor hopes to attend Vanderbilt Law School after graduation and wants to foster an environment where students are politically empowered and believe that their voice matters. Helping people take an active role in our political system is not just important to Taylor, but to society as a whole.
Joshua St.Pierre is an international affairs major at the University of Cincinnati. Joshua is very involved in his university’s student government organization and loves to play tennis. Joshua is so excited to be a CEEP Fellow this year and help people find their voices by participating in the civic process.
Cierra Stewart is a political science major at the University of Dayton. Cierra was interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because she is very passionate about ensuring the right to vote for all people. Cierra was very active during the 2018 midterm election in voter registration initiatives both on and off campus, and her honors thesis is concentrated on analyzing voter disenfranchisement tactics throughout history. Cierra believes that being a CEEP Fellow will allow her to utilize her passion for civic engagement in order to make a real difference on campus. Additionally, Cierra spent this summer interning for Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown in Washington, D.C.
Nora Walsh is an urban planning and development major at Cleveland State University. Nora is very excited to be a CEEP Fellow as she has started to have an increasing interest in voter engagement and helping students on campus in becoming more informed on issues surrounding voting. Nora hopes that she can work to make a difference in the Cleveland State University community.
Lauren Ban is a history and economics major and a political science minor at the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus in Oakland. After graduation, Lauren hopes to attend law school. Lauren has always been passionate about politics, but this past summer she began a research project that focused on Pennsylvania’s political landscape and found that government works best when all voices are represented. When Lauren discovered CEEP, she believes she found a perfect opportunity to put what she had learned from her research into practice.
Daisy Confoy is a political science and public relations double major from central Jersey at Temple University. She is an activist for progressive causes and has volunteered and interned on several political campaigns. Additionally, she’s on the executive board of the Temple College Democrats and serves as a student ambassador for Temple’s College of Liberal Arts. Daisy is passionate about youth voter engagement and hopes to use her CEEP position to increase voter turnout among college students.
Ian Coyne is a political science major at Shippensburg University. Ian is interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because he wants to encourage civic engagement at his university.
Blake Emmanuel is a professional studies major and a political science minor at West Chester University. Being the parent of two boys, Blake has changed careers so that she can have a greater impact on her children’s future, and the future generations. Blake believes civic engagement is crucial to the prospect of our democracy and that we are all responsible. Blake looks forward to working with the university on increasing student voter engagement.
Maia Fequiere is a political science major at La Salle University. Maia is looking forward to this Fellowship, because she would love to help other students on her campus engage in democracy. This is an important part of being an adult and teaching students to engage now could result in lifetime voters.
Dana C. Freeman is a political science major attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from Prince George’s County, MD, she is interested in getting people of color and young people to vote. She has always been interested in politics because she knows how much it affects our lives. She hopes to help people to see there is power in casting a ballot.
Greg Gavazzi is a senior at Penn State University, majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Leadership Development. Greg is heavily involved around campus through participation in philanthropic organizations, serving as a campus tour guide, and being a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society. He is so excited to serve as a CEEP fellow in order to empower young people to vote and to ensure the future of American Democracy.
Grace Harnett is a Fellow at Pennsylvania State University. She is a sophomore studying Education Policy with a minor in Sociology and Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. She is really excited to be part of CEEP; politics have always been an interest of hers and helping people register to vote and get their voice heard is something she’s always wanted to do.
Christopher Lisle is a political science major at California University of Pennsylvania. Christopher has hopes of working in politics and teaching university political science in the future. Christopher is interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because he thinks it’s important to make sure everyone is engaged and involved in the political process and we increase voter turnout in the United States.
Noah Robertson is a student at Penn State University, University Park campus. He is double-majoring in General Science (focusing in legal studies, government service, and public policy) and Communication Arts & Sciences. He is excited to be a CEEP Fellow because he believes civic engagement —especially in the youth demographic— is integral to instilling senses of social cohesion and responsibility which constitute educated and actionable citizens.
Miranda Russo is a criminology and justice studies major and a public health minor with a proficiency certificate in Arabic at Drexel University. Miranda was interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because she believes a barrier that often leads people to hesitate from voting is lack of education and information, especially within under-resourced communities. With an informed society, people from all backgrounds can then participate in their civic duty and advocate for themselves and what they feel passionate about. Miranda’s goal is to dedicate her life and career to seeking justice. At this point in time Miranda plans on either having a federal government job or attending graduate school for her PhD and would like to conduct research on either public health disparities, policing practices, corrections or fraud. However, even if her career goals change, Miranda knows that she wants to assist those who do not have a voice and are suppressed.
Raia Santos is in her final semester at the Community College of Philadelphia. Majoring in English, she will transfer to Drexel University and go into political public relations upon graduating. Raia is a returning CEEP Fellow, who was responsible for registering over three hundred new voters in the 2018 mid-term elections and has dove into Philadelphia’s political realm, speaking at engagements for the mayor and other committee members. Her passion for politics is driven by the social, economical and personal outcomes voting brings.
Adanya Scurry is a Healthcare Studies major at the Community College of Philadelphia taking prerequisites for Sports Medicine. She will soon be transferring to Cheyney University to further her educational studies. She is interested in joining the CEEP fellowship because she wants to let her generation know how important voting is and that this is a way they can change the world around them.
Beatrice Stewart is an intended English major at Bryn Mawr College. Two of Beatrice’s proudest accomplishments have been rewriting her high school’s dress code and founding WILDE Magazine, a magazine dedicated to writing and art by LGBT youth. Beatrice is a 2018 TED Vanguard Fellow and a Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient. Beatrice is passionate about activism, civic engagement and getting out the vote in this crucial election. Currently, Beatrice participates in Bryn Mawr’s mock trial team and is a social media manager for the Bryn Mawr College Democrats.
Rania Zakaria is a finance and social impact major at the University of Pennsylvania. Rania was interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because she has experienced the obstacles college students face in the election process firsthand. Rania believes that young voices matter now more than ever, and civic engagement is one of the most effective ways to express these voices.
Tiara Thomas is a political science major at Tennessee State University. Being a CEEP Fellow will allow Tiara to further serve the campus, specifically, and community by working to bridge the gap between minorities and government.
Negus Assefa is a criminal justice and sociology major and a political science minor at Old Dominion University. As the Chair of the Legislative Affairs and Diversity Committee, Negus look to increase political engagement on campus. Negus was interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because he has a passion for advocation, and being a Fellow will give him the access to tools that allow him to plan successful voter registration campaigns as part of his initiative. Negus is also a member of the Nu Theta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, whose national program “A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People” aligns with a goal of this Fellowship. Through these and other co-sponsorships with campus organizations, Negus looks to improve activism on his campus.
Dymon Bailey is a sociology major and a criminal justice minor at Old Dominion University. Dymon is the Director of Legislative Affairs and Diversity for the Student Government Association, along with other leadership positions she holds. Dymon is looking forward to being a CEEP Fellow, because she wants to increase voter education, voter registration and voter participation within college campuses.
Rebecca Harris is a political science major at Norfolk State University. Rebecca dreams of being a legislative official for Richmond City and throughout the State of Virginia, allowing her to make powerful changes in educational and criminal justice policies in the African American community. She wanted to be a CEEP Fellow, because she thinks that citizens, especially her generation, do not understand the value of voting and how impactful it can be for their lives and their community.
Philip Oehler is a government and international politics major at George Mason University. Philip was interested in being a CEEP Fellow, because he believes that voting is an essential part of being involved in the community, and the community will grow in a positive manner as larger numbers become involved. Philip’s other involvements on campus are with the pep band (The Green Machine) and as a member of the Leadership Through Civic Engagement Living Learning Community.
Addie Parker is a psychology major at Virginia Tech. She is excited to be a CEEP Fellow because she thinks that gathering young adults and educating them more on voting is so important! She absolutely loves social media and that’s mainly how she stays connected to what is going on in the world.
Drew Persinger is a political science major and an international affairs minor at James Madison University. Drew believes that being actively engaged in the voting process is essential to advancing young people’s interests in the future. In addition to his work as a CEEP Fellow, Drew is a Co-Director of Virginia21’s chapter at JMU and a brother of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Drew is also continuing research on the US Census and Harrisonburg refugees after presenting at the 2018 JMU Engagement for the Public Good Conference.
Hello! My name is Emma Ruby and I am a senior at Virginia Tech studying political science. After conducting voter registration on Virginia Tech’s campus for the last several years, I am excited to work to institutionalize civic engagement on campus! Young people are going to be impacted by policies made by elected officials & their appointees for the rest of our lives. The sooner we get our generation involved in politics, the more say we will have about our future.
Josh Scrabeck is a political science major with a concentration in environmental policy at Christopher Newport University. Josh was interested in becoming a CEEP Fellow, because he believes that young people are the biggest stakeholders in our collective future, thus we need to vote like it. Josh comes from a long line of military members, so he has an affinity for civic engagement and public service. Josh believes that we all inherently have a stake in the political process, thus our voices need to be heard. The best way to do that is through the ballot box.
Katrina Tilley is a public policy and media arts and design major at James Madison University. Katrina believes that being actively engaged in the civic process is vital for our generation. Katrina looks forward to working as a CEEP Fellow to see the amazing change we can make in our communities with increased voter participation and civic engagement. Katrina is excited to see engagement on campuses increase, because it is an opportunity to help young adults realize their voices can be heard no matter their career choice and changes can develop from simply being informed about local issues.
Victoria Waddell is an international relations and African American and African studies major and a sociology minor at the University of Virginia. Victoria is involved in the Black Student Alliance Political Action Committee, Sustained Dialogue and a variety of other socially inclusive organizations on grounds. Victoria looks forward to learning more about the different voting processes and the things that she can do to spread awareness in her community. Victoria believes that the CEEP Fellowship will provide her with great experiences and feedback to achieve this goal.
Quentin Watts is attending Christopher Newport University, majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Psychology. He’d describe himself as a student, Virginia native, political activist, and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. which is the first intercollegiate fraternity established for men of African-American descent. In fact, it was his membership in the fraternity that first galvanized him to be active in his community and embrace his passion for activism. He is particularly passionate about bringing democracy to the workplace, expanding economic opportunity for marginalized communities, strengthening our democracy, and improving youth voter turnout as well as education so that voters are better equipped to hold our representatives accountable. Being a CEEP Fellow provides him with the tools and mentorship necessary to become a more effective organizer and expand his platform.
Kennedy Cutts attends the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. She is currently studying Political Science with an emphasis in Legal Studies. She is incredibly excited to be a CEEP Fellow because she has a major passion for encouraging people to vote, ensuring people are educated before they step into the poll booth, and making sure that people know their rights regarding voting. Did you know that if you are in line to vote by the time polls officially close, you cannot be denied your right to vote?
Daniel Ledin is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Madison studying Political Science and International Studies with a focus in Global Economics. He is interested in being a CEEP Fellow to raise voter turnout across his campus and explore the barriers that are felt most in our underrepresented communities.
Carlyn Lowe attends the University of Wisconsin Green Bay majoring in Democracy and Justice Studies with an emphasis in U.S. and World Studies. She became interested in becoming a CEEP fellow because she is a firm believer that educating teenagers and young adults about the voting process is the key to seeing a future where the voter turnout rates are high, and the voices of our nation’s citizens are finally being heard. She comes from a small town in Northern Wisconsin where there was very little political engagement of any sort, meaning that she was not taught much about the voting process until she got to college. She is also a firm believer that civic engagement opportunities are a way for individuals to seek out the issues that they are passionate about and allow their opinions and their passions to grow from these opportunities. She cannot wait to start her journey as a CEEP fellow as she is ready to not only educate herself about the voting process, but is ready to start making a change in her community. She looks forward to educating and exciting future voters about the process, and by encouraging civic engagement to those looking for a way to find their own voice.
Kyle Refinski is a political science major attending University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He is a returning Air Force Vet looking to have a great semester surrounded by fellow students who are proactive energetic individuals driven by personal growth. He hopes to enable others to make the best informed decisions possible.
Breckin Sargeant is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse. Majoring in Psychology and minoring in Ethnic and Racial Studies, she is excited to be a CEEP Fellow because she thinks our vote is the most powerful thing we have as U.S citizens. She is ready to help her peers take advantage of that power and make a change on campus.
Emi Shermeta is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in International Studies. She wanted to be a CEEP Fellow due to her passion and involvement in political and civic engagement!
Krysta Venegas is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay double majoring in Democracy and Justice Studies along with Spanish, and she hopes to someday be a lawyer. She has a strong passion for social justice and equality which led to her pursuing a CEEP Fellowship. She looks forward to being a part of a movement whose efforts are to educate and assist fellow students and peers on voter rights and registration.