Autumn Quesnell is third year student at Knox College (Galesburg, IL), majoring in Integrated International Studies, with minors in Anthropology and Political Science. She is a student leader who seeks to understand the sources of connection and conflict in distant lands, and how migration affects a population's economic, social, political bonds. Autumn has built an educational agenda focused on exploring these intersections, particularly of gender and nationality. She has conducted independent research in Morocco on gendered social and economic disparities and migration. Even in high school, she immersed herself in local history through the Minnesota History Center. For her, retelling the stories of migration offers an opportunity for healing. On campus, her passion for learning, for understanding the world and connecting to others is inspiring. At Knox College, Autumn seeks to connect with and capture the stories of recent immigrants who now contribute to the history of West Central Illinois. Autumn's perspective and passion for those whose lives are in flux allows her to create connections across national and cultural borders.+ Read More
Jelena Jevtic' is a hardworking, confident, dedicated international student from Serbia with an intent to enter political areas of the US in support of combating women's and children's sex trafficking.
She has shown extreme leadership qualities while at Bluefield State College through her many awards, activities and honors as follows:
ACTIVITIES & HONORS
President's List; 2014 - 2017 SGA President; 2017 - 2018 Pi Gamma Mu, President; 2016 - 2017 International Student Organization, President; 2015 - 2017 Rotary International, NewGen Peacebuilder; 2017 International Association for Political Science Students; 2017 - Present Social Science Research Club; 2017 - Present Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Leadership Institute; 2017 HBCU/MSI Research Summit, Virginia Tech University; 2017 Institute for Leadership in the Americas (TFAS), Universidad de los Andes, Chile; 2017 American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (TFAS), Charles University, Czechia; 2017 SGA Senator of the Year; 2016 HBCU Foreign Policy Conference; 2015 Junior Achievement Association; 2014 - Present Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Association; 2013 - Present Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (100+ hours), U.S. State Department; 2013 Distinguished Leader Award, U.S. State Department; 2013 MySpeech Debate Exchange, The Netherlands; 2010 - 2014.
At this point Ms. Jevtic' will commence an internship in Senator Joe Manchin's office (D-WV). Ms. Jevtic is currently in line with a 4.0 GPA.+ Read More
Luna Shen, a junior at Middlebury College is a student leader active in addressing issues of poverty and housing access. During her time as a student she has been involved in the Privilege & Poverty academic cluster including coursework and an internship with a local non-profit, Charter House Coalition. Luna is interested in food studies and in the future hopes to address issues surrounding food sovereignty and food justice.+ Read More
Kate is an experienced student leader and the epitome of a community-committed student. While earning her bachelor's degree as a first-generation college student, she worked with Women for Women International and Conservation Concepts. Graduating summa cum laude from Illinois College, she was the outstanding senior in research and engagement in public affairs.
Kate then served with three notable organizations: Fulbright, Peace Corps, and AmeriCorps. She joined Illinois Campus Compact's AmeriCorps VISTA program and returned to Illinois College where she created a veteran support program and a mentoring program. After two VISTA terms, the college created a civic engagement coordinator position for Kate, which allowed her to deepen and expand opportunities for students (e.g., Alternative Breaks, CARE partnership). She simultaneously volunteered with numerous local organizations and in 2013 received the Illinois Governor's Volunteer Service Award.
Kate is currently an Applied Community and Economic Development Fellow in political science at Illinois State University. Following graduation, Kate wants to do "the laborious but critical work of engaging in the public policy process, identifying problems, lobbying policy makers, and analyzing how public policy impacts organizations on the ground serving communities in need." Her interests are racial/ethnic equity, gender equality, and environmental stewardship.+ Read More
Veronica Fernandez-Diaz, a third-year student at Colorado College, is a civic leader committed to building a more equitable and inclusive society. She acts as an unwavering advocate for marginalized communities, engaging in immigration reform efforts both locally and nationally.
On CC's campus, Veronica works to broaden support for first-generation and DACA students through her work in the Office of Admissions and as a Bridge Scholars Program Mentor. She leverages her sociology major to create opportunities for students to learn about and engage with immigrants in detention facilities across the country.
When legislative actions last fall threatened the community of "Dreamers," Veronica applied her dedication, passion, and leadership to national activism efforts. She has collaborated with United We Dream and the Catholic Immigration Network to engage in organizing training in Washington, D.C. She has also pursued these efforts locally, as a core leader of the community's Dream Team.
Veronica is on track to complete CC's 3-year Community Engaged Leadership Certificate Program, demonstrating her long-term commitment to civic leadership. With her collaborative spirit and passion for community organizing, she holds great potential to solve issues of access and equity.+ Read More
Alvin Chitena is a junior at Wesleyan University. A student of computer science and data analysis, he has been able to combine -- in remarkably original and productive ways -- his interests in technology, education, philanthropy and socio-economic development in Africa. Alvin was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and after taking an introductory computer science course at Wesleyan, was inspired to create his own coding school back home to address root causes of economic inequality, social immobility, and political disengagement. He believes that all Zimbabwean youth -- like himself -- deserve the chance to learn to code, and he is confident that with that knowledge base, they will go on to prosper as individuals and contribute to the prosperity of their country. As founder and CEO of Zim Code, Alvin has built the enterprise from the ground up. He and his team designed a curriculum to ensure that Zim Code classes are both accessible and have significant learning outcomes. Now, as they prepare for their third summer, they have 70 tutors ready to deliver programs in high schools, and some 600 students have already benefited from Zim Code's offerings.+ Read More
Daniel Espiritu, a second year political science major at Chapman University, is a recognizable leader among his peers for his dedication to civic engagement. Daniel serves in leadership roles for the Student Alliance for Prison Reform, facilitating critical conversations about the U.S. criminal justice system; Alternatives in Democracy, exploring the ways in which alternative economic and social systems could realistically work in the United States; and the Enclave Coalition, a student group currently active at the city and county levels in advocating for homeless members of our community. Daniel also serves as an AVID tutor at local elementary, middle, and high schools. In his approach to civic engagement, Daniel actively responds to the need for direct service within local communities while also organizing with his peers to investigate the root causes of those needs.+ Read More