Campus Vote Project is proud to introduce our new Student Advisory Board that will help us engage students and campuses on an ongoing basis. Student Advisory Board Members started their work with CVP as Democracy Fellows, and will receive more opportunities to build leadership skills, gain management experience, and learn the role and primary function of a board.
Florida Atlantic University
Brian Kaam is a sophomore at Florida Atlantic University, double majoring in Economics and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Political Science. He plans on attending law school after graduation, and plans on one day becoming a prosecutor.
University of Maryland-College Park University of Maryland Lauren Anderson is pursuing a B.A. in government and politics at the University of Maryland-College Park. During the school year, she works as an ambassador for the Honors College at the University of Maryland. She was a summer intern for Campus Vote Project in 2016 and has also volunteered for the field program for a local political campaign.
Los Angeles Pierce College
Jen Mikiska was born in Arizona, raised in North Carolina and has lived in Oregon, Colorado and California. Jen earned her Associates of Arts Degree at Pierce Community College where she worked as a democracy fellow for Campus Vote Project. Jen is enthusiastic about community engagement and has extensive experience in managerial roles and event planning. She resides in West Hills where she volunteers weekly in her community working in a kitchen at a homeless center and assisting an organization that helps low income families, women who are victims of sexual abuse and provides entertainment for seniors living in retirement homes. Jen is thrilled to be a part of the first Campus Vote Project Student Advisory Board.
Los Angeles Valley College
Saleem is a student at Valley College who has been an AFT intern for a year. As an intern, he contributes to many efforts such as wage theft awareness, and the predatorial banking practices with customer accounts that they held their workers responsible for. He is also the former Commissioner of Political Affairs in ASU where he helped his college apply for a grant that will incentivize reduced textbook costs. His is now the Legislative Affairs Director for SSCCC Region VII and responsible for all student-related advocacy and political operations in 14 community colleges in the greater LA area. He was critical in the passing of AB 1995 legislation that gave homeless students access to school facility showers through social media. He hopes to follow through by allowing the 14 community colleges in our region implement their policies at their own discretion to make sure they are compliant once the law sets in. He is also a part of a number of initiatives such as making textbooks free for all introductory courses in the LA 9, implementing food pantries for homeless students, the YES on Prop 55 campaign, and hopefully cultivating a solidified student voter bloc.
Angela Sofia Orrantia-McPherson
Santa Fe College
Angela Sofia Orrantia-McPherson was born in Miami, Florida. At the age of five, Sofia moved to Antwerp, Belgium where she attended elementary school. At the age of ten, she moved back to Miami, Florida to complete her middle school. After that, she started high school in South America where she learned Spanish. For her senior year of high school, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated at the age of sixteen. She took a gap year where she traveled to South America doing volunteer work. She is currently enrolled at Santa Fe College.
Los Angeles Pierce College
Lynette Quintero was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Being a first generation Mexican-American minority, she is an advocate within the community seeking to evoke empowerment for minorities and young adults. Overcoming the adversities she grew up living through and witnessing, she aspires to achieve change while influencing the community. She is currently a mentor and tutor for the homeless youth of Los Angeles, as well as a lead discussion leader for the Communication department’s student workshop that helps the development of communication skills for English as Second Language students at her college. With her beliefs, she actively pursues to diminish the gap of injustices faced in society while enhancing the growth of individuals with opportunities and guidance within the community. Becoming a democracy fellow with Campus Vote Project, she is passionate about empowering her peers with engagement and education on democratic participation. Today, her influence continues to impact her peers and the society she aims to improve.
University of Miami
Stefanie Rodriguez is a junior studying political science at the University of Miami. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity that focuses on bettering the community on campus and in the greater Miami area, and is also a contributing writer for HerCampus at the University of Miami. Stefanie is a member of Get Out the Vote (GOTV), a nonpartisan organization that focuses on voter education and civic engagement. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Get Out the Vote hosts voter registration drives where students can register to vote in the state of Florida and ask any questions regarding the election. This year alone, GOTV has been able to register over 1,000 students in the state of Florida. She is a dedicated American, passionate about instilling democratic values to those around me. Being the daughter of Cuban immigrants, she is aware of the political injustices in many parts of the world. Her family came to America in search of a better life, a life that is filled with promise and hope, and it is this hope that she wants to continue to live by.
California State University of Los Angeles
Yessenia is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work at the California State University of Los Angeles. She has her Associate of Arts Degree from Santa Monica College. She has volunteered within her community and taken part of a voter registration project to help Latinos and other minorities get involved in the democratic process. Apart from being a full time student and worker, she enjoys being a role model for her younger siblings. Her goal is to empower many people to make positive changes within their lives. Yessenia believes that it all begins by expressing the right to vote.
Khyla Wood is an arts major at Durham Technical Community College. She have been a student all her life, and feels as though we all could use voting education, down to state and city elections. She hopes to make a big difference in Campus Vote Project and the lives of her peers.