The Graduate Engagement Corps (GEC), a new program in the Office of Community Engagement that replaces the Obermann Center’s Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, provides graduate students interested in community engagement with training, networking and funding opportunities.

Why students have joined the GEC

2022 Graduate Engagement Corps (GEC) Members

Photo Name Department Degree Seeking
Adolfo Carlos

Adolfo Carlos Fernandes de Mendonca Junior

School of Music

PhD in Music Teaching and Learning, December 2026


Ashley N. T. Williams

College of Public Health - Department of Community and Behavioral Health

Masters of Public Health, Spring 2023

Caleb K.

Caleb Klipowicz


Doctorate in Anthropology, May 2023


Christos  Sidiropoulos

School of Music

Master in Musicology

Conor Hilton

Conor Hilton

Department of English

PhD, May 2025


DeZhane Rouse

School of Liberal Art and Science 

Masters of Fine Art in Theater, May 2024

Diana Brace

Diana Brace

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

PhD, Fall 2023

Emily Wieder

Emily Wieder

French & Italian

PhD French and Francophone World Studies, May 2026

Frankline Matanji

Frankline Matanji

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication

Hannah Espy

Hannah Espy

Sociology and Criminology 

PhD in Sociology, May 2023

Jacob Gallagher

Jacob Gallagher 

Department of Health and Human Physiology 

PhD in Health and Human Physiology (focus area: Health promotion)

Jae Kim

Jae Kim

College of Education--Counseling Psychology 

May 2025

Jenelle S.

Jenelle Stafford

Cinematic Arts

Master of Fine Arts, June 2024


Jocelyn Williams

School of Planning & Public Affairs

Master of Public Affairs, May 2023

Kate Conlow

Kate Conlow

College of Law

Juris Doctor, May 2023

Keegan Hockett

Keegan Hockett

School of Music

Doctor of Musical Arts in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy, May 2023

Mavis Gyesi

Mavis Gyesi

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

Higher Education and Students Affairs, May 2025

Megan D.

Megan Dehner

College of Education, Teaching and Learning 

Masters of Art Education, May 2023


Megan Sinik

Carver College of Medicine

MD, May 2024


Nahid Zeinali


May 2026

Olivia Gallon

Olivia Galyon

School of Planning and Public Affairs

Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, May 2023

Rachel Conley

Rachel Conley


JD Law Degree, May 2024


Sonya Madrigal

Liberal arts and science 

MFA acting 2024

Taylor Billings

Taylor Billings

Geographical and Sustainability Sciences

PhD in Geography, May 2024

Thiago Ancelmo

Thiago Ancmo de Souza

School of Music

DMA in clarinet performance and pedagogy


Yuchen Liu

Teaching and Learning


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