Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows


Alaziah Caddell

Macomb Community College

Alaziah S. Caddell is a Detroit, MI native – born and raised in the inner city. She attends Macomb Community College in Warren, MI. She plans to transfer to a 4-year institution by spring 2019 in pursuit of a degree in social work with a minor in public policy. Apart from her coursework, she enjoys volunteering at local food distributions and nonprofit organizations within her community that focus on the needs of underrepresented individuals and families. Therefore, Alaziah is highly anticipating becoming a Democracy Fellow and hopes that she will change the dynamic of her campus in a positive way.  She also loves traveling and helping change the lives of others.

Ali Shaina

Saginaw Valley State University

Ali, a native of metro-Detroit, is a student at Saginaw Valley State University. She is passionate about public policy and political campaigns and is majoring in public administration – political science. She helped elect the first openly gay city councilman to the Lansing City Council, and before that, interned at a multi-client lobbying firm. Ali is very interested in policy to make voting easier for citizens. She is elated to be on the Democracy Fellow team!

Anna Szalay

Grand Valley State University

Anna Szalay is a junior at Grand Valley State University double majoring in nonprofit administration and international relations with a minor in German. She recently returned from studying abroad in Germany where she had a wonderful experience. Now that she’s back, Anna is looking forward to working alongside Campus Vote Project to inspire more students to get civically engaged. After graduation Anna hopes to move to Washington D.C. and work for a nonprofit that promotes leadership development and youth empowerment. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, climbing, gardening and planning her future travels.

Larenz Rivero

Grand Valley State University

Larenz Rivero was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. He studies sociology and LGBTQ studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Larenz believes it is important to have open dialogue and civil discourse about the democratic process and public issues. He aspires to use the Democracy Fellowship position as a platform to engage his peers and community members in the democratic process. Using his academic and social connections on campus, he plans to bring together organizations from across the spectrum, to team up for the sake of bringing together the community and for the health of our democracy.

Nicole Vogelpohl

Saginaw Valley State University

Nicole Vogelpohl is a second-year student at Saginaw Valley State University. Her major is fine arts with a concentration in photography and a minor in graphic design. She works with brides on a daily basis, outside of school, helping them find their wedding dresses and styling them for their wedding days. Nicole is also the Vice President of the Cardinal Photography Student Association, which is the student photography club on campus. She is a mental health and suicide activist and is working toward helping end the stigma of mental illness and suicide. In her free time, you can find Nicole doing photo shoots with her sister or watching The Office with her boyfriend.

Taylor Lilies

University of Michigan – Flint

Taylor Lilies is a junior at University of Michigan-Flint and is working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in political science. She is currently the President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the university’s National Political Science Honor Society, and plans to graduate in 2019. She wants to continue pursuing leadership roles by becoming a Democracy Fellow and working with the Campus Vote Project to inspire others to get involved in the political process!

Tyrice Denson

University of Michigan – Flint

Tyrice Denson is a native of Flint, Michigan. In 2016, Tyrice obtained an Associate’s degree at Mott Community College. He then transferred to the University of Michigan-Flint. Tyrice is a senior majoring in political science and will attend law school after the completion of his bachelor’s degree. He is interested in seeing American democracy reach its greatest potential. To do this, we must ensure that every American is able to have their voice heard during elections. Tyrice is honored to work with the Campus Vote Project and excited to play an active role in the 2018 elections.

Anna Dean

Central Michigan University

Anna Dean is pursuing an honors degree with majors in political science and law and economics and a minor in leadership. She has worked as an intern for the Mayors of Rochester Hills and Mount Pleasant, along with City Council members Stephanie Morita and Ryan Deel. Anna is also a representative for the Student Government Association at her university. Outside of politics, she spends her time as an Event Facilitator at CMU’s Volunteer Center, the Parliamentarian for Alpha Sigma Tau, a member of College Volunteers Facilitators Corps, and more. Anna has a passion for politics, and hopes to help facilitate her campus towards playing a more active role in politics.

Eli Pales

Michigan State University

Eli Pales has been working to register as many voters as possible since he arrived on campus at Michigan State University in 2015. He worked to increase student turnout in the 2016 presidential primary to unprecedented levels, then continued his advocacy work throughout the off-year election cycle. In his free time, Eli likes to run cross country and blog about video games. He also likes to ski when he is home in Colorado.

Emanuel Dushaj

Macomb Community College

As a first generation American-Albanian, Emanuel Dushaj is committed to devoting his life to pursue constant change in the world one ripple at a time. His parents invested their lives preparing him for the world and its challenges. As he continues to grow older, he is completing these tasks to become successful as possible. He plans to  continue his education at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2018.

Marangelis Rosado

Wayne State University 

Marangelis Rosado is a junior at Wayne State University majoring in political science with a minor in Latin American studies. Marangelis is a Resident Advisor, Campus Activities Team Chair of Records, Research Assistant, and an intern for Councilmember Raquel Castañeda-Lopez at Detroit City Hall. In all of her roles, Marangelis uses her platform to promote and educate individuals on her passions: diversity, inclusion, LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights, and civil rights. Marangelis also enjoys many forms of art, especially political pieces that challenge the mind and shed light on important issues.

Winnifred Walsh

Central Michigan University

Winnifred Walsh is a senior at Central Michigan University. She is dual majoring in law and economics and political science and is working toward earning her certified nonprofit professional credential. Her interest in politics stems from her passion for helping others and promoting positive change. Winnifred has interned with a county administrator, a nonprofit organization, and on a city a commission campaign. She also serves as the parliamentarian for her service sorority and her university’s Student Government Association. She believes voting is a key part of politics and is excited to join the Campus Vote Project team!

Ashi Arora

Wayne State University

Ashi Arora is a senior at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is studying public health, biology, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Ashi is passionate about ameliorating underlying systematic barriers that prevent oppressed and vulnerable populations from accessing tools to live healthy and happy lives. Specifically, she is an activist as a part of the menstrual movement, she works at Make Your Date which aims to reduce preterm birth in Detroit, and she works to prevent sexual assault at Wayne State University. Detroit, the true American city in her eyes, has fueled her passion to serve her community.

Matea Pejic

Washtenaw Community College

Matea Pejic is a second-year student at Washtenaw Community College where she is studying paralegal studies. She holds a bachelor’s in history and political science from Northern Illinois University. She also studied abroad in Serbia and the Netherlands during her undergraduate career. She founded both the NIU UNICEF Campus Initiative as well as the WCC UNICEF Campus Initiative. She was the former co-leader of the UNICEF Chicago Congressional Action Team, where she advocated for the rights of children both domestically and abroad. She hopes to become an international lawyer and continue supporting UNICEF.

Troy deHagen

Western Michigan University

Troy deHagen is a student at Western Michigan University studying biochemistry and would like to continue on to grad school. His ultimate goal is to achieve a PhD in chemistry, and research the effects of anthropogenic climate change as well as teach at the university level. He considers himself a life-long learner and believes part of education is using what is learned to become civically engaged and making informed political decisions.

Sumaiya Ferdawsi

Macomb Community College

From Warren, Michigan, Sumaiya Ferdawsi started her undergraduate degree at Macomb Community College in the fall of 2017. She is majoring in computer engineering. She also work as a civic engagement assistant on the campus. She has also volunteered and worked as a tutor at the Learning Center.  Sumaiya is very active in student organizations named Student Life and Leadership.

Abbie Bristol

Western Michigan University

Abbie is a Western Michigan University senior studying biology and environmental science and sustainability. Abbie spent the last two summers learning how climate change affects animal behavior and pressuring candidates to prioritize climate change as a major threat to citizens and humanity. She is convinced that if her generation is reinvigorated and excited about voting and voter education, then America can be strong and resilient against the changing climate. She is now committing her last year of college to ensuring her university and her community will have a strong, educated say in choosing tomorrow’s leaders.

Andrew Maxson

Delta College

Andrew Maxson received his diploma in 2017 from Bay City Central High School where he had graduated with honors. He had a poem published by the America Library of Poetry and is majoring in political science and law at Delta College. He is currently the president of the Citizens in Action Club on campus. Andrew wishes to pursue a career in public service.

Jordan Wohl

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Jordan is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn studying political science and leadership and communication in organizations. A rising junior from Danvers, Massachusetts, he has not only worked at the University’s Office for Student Engagement, Athletic Department, and Office of Admissions and Orientation, but has also served as President of the Jewish Student Organization, Chair of the Athletic Department’s Student Section Committee, Director of Athletics for Student Government, and Cartoonist for the campus newspaper. Jordan currently serves as a Community Organizer with UM-Dearborn’s Civic Leadership Board, where he works alongside his fellow Wolverines in Voter Engagement efforts.

Justin Baldwin

Michigan State University

Justin is a senior at Michigan State pursuing a bachelor’s in political science, with a minor in economics. He is the university’s community liaison for MSU students and the greater East Lansing area. Recently, Justin completed a legislative internship for the Michigan State House of Representatives. In addition to his work in government affairs, he is also a peer educator for the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program on campus. Justin enjoys listening to government and law podcasts in his free time, and occasionally hosts a show of his own centered around politics and current events. In the future, he hopes to practice law, and use his experience with policy and economics to better serve his hometown of Detroit.