Campus Vote Project is proud to introduce our 2018 Student Advisory Board members who will help us engage students and campuses on an ongoing basis. Student Advisory Board members will represent Campus Vote Project on their campuses and receive opportunities to build leadership skills, gain management experience, and learn the role and primary function of a board.
University of California, Berkeley
Beginning her grassroots efforts in Los Angeles, CA, as a democracy fellow for Campus Vote Project, Lynette has impacted her former community college at Los Angeles Pierce College and local community by registering and educating peers on the importance of voting. Furthering her engagement, she has been an active member of the Student Advisory Board for Campus Vote Project. Lynette is a student at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in political science. She continues to work on research localized in elective laws and California legislature to improve the state of California for minority groups and all Californians, as well as the nation at large, with an emphasis on state and local districts, and proportional representation.
Jasym Mireles Venegas
University of Texas at Austin
Jasym Mireles Venegas was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved to Montgomery, Texas at the age of six along with his parents and siblings. Being raised in a Mexican household while living in America allowed Jasym to develop an immense appreciation for cultural diversity from an early age. During high school, Jasym studied abroad in Normandy, France for one year via Rotary Youth Exchange. At Lone Star Community College, Jasym was involved on campus student life, serving as: a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society; Treasurer of Rotaract, an international humanitarian organization; Student Ambassador for the Center for Civic Engagement; member of the Honors College Student Advisory Board; and President of the Honors College Student Organization. Jasym transferred to The University of Texas at Austin, where he studies finance and supply chain management in the Texas McCombs School of Business. Jasym is involved in the LeaderShape program on campus, and serves as an Assistant Director for National Model United Nations. Through his experiences, Jasym has learned that diversity, individuality, justice, humanity, and tolerance are imperative virtues needed for a democracy to work, and he hopes to continue advocating for actions that reflect these beliefs to ensure all people in the United States, especially students, feel empowered to make their voices heard.
Nicole Taylor is a math and government double major at Hamilton College. She interned at Campus Vote Project in Fall 2017, and has brought the skills she learned back to Hamilton. She now serves on Hamilton’s All In Campaign committee to develop electoral engagement programming for the 2018 elections and to help students gain access to the ballot and learn more about our democracy. She is excited to join the Student Advisory Board to continue learning about best practices to overcome voter suppression and to share her experiences with other advocates for student participation in elections.
University of Florida
Anna Baringer is a second-year student at the University of Florida majoring in statistics and political science. On campus, she is president of Gators for Underrepresented Voters, a student group which organizes weekly voter registration events on campus, provides nonpartisan information to students, and currently advocates for allowing an early voting location on campus. Anna is also involved in the National Organization for Women at UF and the Florida Young National Organization for Women. She is an intern on a local campaign for city commission and is a 2018 Bob Graham Center Civic Scholar, where she is researching voting access in Duval County, FL
Wayne State University
Stuart Baum is a rising sophomore majoring in public affairs with a minor in criminal justice at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Stuart is passionate about voting rights and has worked tirelessly to increase student election participation on his campus. To that end, Stuart has organized voter registration drives, election candidate forums, and election information tabling events all around campus in the lead-up to Election Day. As the Director of
Governmental Affairs for the Wayne State University Student Senate, Stuart is also working to establish a polling location on campus to make it easier for on-campus student residents to vote. Through his membership on the Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board, Stuart hopes to apply the lessons he has learned from the election engagement work he has previously carried out on his campus to the national level.
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Karl Catarata is a Filipino-American author and community organizer living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas studying for his Bachelor’s of Arts in political science with a minor focus in leadership and civic engagement. He works at the Center for Community Change Action as a Communications Fellow and works at Susan G. Komen Nevada as a Digital Marketing Coordinator. Karl is a vocal advocate and fighter for a variety of community issues that face communities of color living in Nevada. Recently, Karl organized for the Asian Community Development Council of Nevada, Women’s March Nevada, and with other key community organizations in Las Vegas.
University of Texas at Austin
Maya Patel is a student at the University of Texas at Austin (class of 2020) pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science and Arts (BSA) degree in chemistry with a public policy certificate. Maya is passionate about civically engaging students through TX Votes and works on LGBTQ+ equality, reproductive justice, and voting rights through Texas Rising. Maya also serves as a Camp Texas Counselor to welcome new students onto the Forty Acres and is a peer mentor in her organic chemistry lab where she helps students master chemistry lab techniques. Maya hopes to help bridge the gap between science and policy in the future after pursuing a joint MPP/JD degree. She is also interested in researching and creating programs to increase civic participation of STEM students as they are the least civically engaged students on college campuses.
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Harrison Pegram was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. Harrison is majoring in business administration at University of North Carolina at Pembroke. On campus he became quickly engaged, becoming an SGA senator, ZTA Big Man on Campus, VP of his fraternity, as well as a Student Service Leader with a concentration in election engagement. Having no prior election engagement efforts on campus, Harrison quickly recruited a diverse team that made up UNCP’s election engagement campaign, UNCP VOTES. Harrison has since interned with the town manager of Pembroke, expanding his field of knowledge to local government elections and operations. Harrison and the UNCP VOTES campaign staff are still going strong with many upcoming election engagement events scheduled.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Daniel Petrucci is a student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double-majoring in global studies and political science. He is working on increasing civic engagement here on campus and wants to reduce barriers to voting and make it an integral part of student culture. Daniel is working with the university to institutionalize voter registration, in addition to pushing for online voter registration in North Carolina.
Montana State University
Amara is a senior at Montana State University studying political science and women and gender studies. She works at Forward Montana Foundation as the High School Outreach Coordinator – bringing voter education and registration programs to high schools. She also sits on the board at Montana Conservation Voters and is committed to protecting the environmental community in Montana. Amara is passionate about voter rights, voter advocacy efforts, and making elections easier to navigate for everyone. She thinks the CVP Student Advisory Board will fill a much-needed void in making our democratic system more accessible for young people and college students.
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Samaya, is a junior, at UNC-Greensboro pursuing a full honors double major in political science (pre-law) and communication studies. Her passion and interest is in government, law, and politics. Samaya has completed the Mayors Youth Employment Program, Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Program, served as a Democracy Fellow for Campus Vote Project and interned for a mayoral campaign. Samaya is currently the Legislative Committee Chair, Junior Senator, Superior Court member, and writer of the ad-hoc Statement Committee in the Student Government Association. Outside of SGA, Samaya is a Lloyd International Honors College Ambassador, Office of Leadership and Service Learning Student Reflection Leader, Admissions Spartan Guide, and AAUW’s VP of Advocacy and Outreach. Samaya aspires to be a beacon of hope, instrument of change, and glass ceiling breaker.
Miami Dade College
Wendy attends Miami Dade College and is majoring in computer science. She hopes to transfer to the University of Central Florida once she completes her Associate’s Degree. Wendy interned with NASA in their NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program where she was sent to the Kennedy Space Center for a rover competition where she programmed her team’s rover to pick up rocks and identity mineral colors. She is also the President and Vice President of Finances for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Vice President of Fundraising for Phi-Theta Kappa. Wendy strives to always be the best she can be and go after any opportunity she believes will help her become the ideal well-rounded individual.
Miami Dade College
Nazario was born in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in December of 2011. He is fluent in three different languages: English, French, Creole and is currently in the process of learning a new one. He is an international relations student at the Miami Dade honors college. He aspires to become a diplomat for the State Department. Furthermore, Nazario is a very dedicated advocate of climate change, being part of the CLEAR (community leadership on the environment advocacy and resilience) leadership program and an OCEANA intern. His main goal is to have an impact on the world for the betterment of the next generations to come.
Miami Dade College
Daniela was born in Cuba, in 1997. At the age of eight, her parents opened a new door of opportunities for her and her family by leaving the island and following the American Dream. Many of her interests lie in politics due to the firsthand experience of living under a Communist regime. Daniela strongly believes every citizen should have the right to equal representation, freedom of speech, and most importantly the right to vote. She is now double majoring in political science and international relations, her focus areas are mainly education, immigration, and public health.
Ambika is a freshman at UCLA planning to major in economics with a minor in public affairs. She is involved on campus with the Undergraduate Student Association Council, Residential Government Council, the Alumni Scholars Club, and the Assessing C-ICARE program where she volunteers in a hospital setting. She interned with her Congresswoman last summer and worked with the Inspire US civic engagement program throughout high school. She is excited to work with Campus Vote Project and is passionate about increasing civic engagement in the community around her.