Kortez is a student at the University of Michigan and is originally from Chicago. He majors in political science and statistics and seeks to pursue a career in Family Law. Additionally, Kortez works with the organization H.E.A.D.S. (Here Earning a Destiny through Honesty, Eagerness, and Determination of Self). In H.E.A.D.S., Kortez focuses on creating a community and space for multi-ethnic males on the University of Michigan Campus.
Chanelle is a junior in the College of LSA, double majoring in Psychology and Afro-American and African studies. Before participating in the Semester in Detroit (SID) program in the Spring/Summer of 2016, she had little knowledge of community-based learning courses and programs. Now an alumna, Chanelle says her experience with SID was eye-opening and life changing.
As a SID intern, Chanelle worked with a youth development program called Racquet Up (RU) where she assisted in after-school tutoring, lesson plan development, and youth mentorship. It led to Chanelle developing an ongoing relationship with RU. In her first year at U-M, Chanelle was in the Michigan Research Community and later returned as a peer mentor. She did undergraduate research on a project at the Institute for Social Research and hopes to continue exploring research opportunities in the future around issues of gender, race, and identity among youth.
Amani is a junior from Farmington Hills, MI majoring in Community and Global Public Health with a minor in Gender and Health. Her focus within Public Health is women of color’s health since the status of women strongly reflects values they hold about vulnerable segments of society, and in turn, exposes flaws and inefficiencies in our health care and social systems.
Amani is an alumna of the learning community, Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP), where she was a Peer Advisor for Community Service, served on the advisory board for two years, co-founded the program WolveReaders, and participated in MAC-ASB. Outside of MCSP, she is the Vice-President for the Pre-Public Health Association (PPHA) that focuses on preparing students for future educational and career endeavors in the field of public health. Lastly, she is a member of the Ginsberg Student Advisory Board for the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning.
André Fisher was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan when he was 19 years old. In Fall 2016, André transferred to the University of Michigan. He is currently double-majoring in Economics and International Studies, with intentions to pursue a career in public health policy. When not studying or taking a break from school-related activities, he finds relaxation in playing soccer, doing photography, dancing and writing poetry. One of André's paramount aims in life is to leave an indelible mark of goodwill on the world.
Demery Gijsbers is a junior in the School of Information studying user experience and design. With a background of various community engagement and social justice-focused classes, she is excited to be a SAGE member and work more closely with students that share those passions. Outside of classes, Demery likes to run, is involved with New Life Church, playing on as many intramural teams as possible, working part time at a hotel on campus, and drinking lots and lots of coffee.
McKenzie Hanigan is a sophomore from Garden City, Kansas, majoring in economics. She is in the LSA Honors program and a reporter for the Michigan Daily. McKenzie’s favorite things to do are travel, snuggle with her puppy, read, and exercise. A fun fact about her is that most of her friends at school first remembered her as "Kenzie from Kansas"!
Chloe Hypes is a junior studying Program in the Environment with a minor in Sustainable Food Systems. She is on the executive board for Catalyst and Evolve, two environmental student organizations, and on the executive board of Gifts of Kindness. She is really excited to hear student perspective, especially in environmental classes.
Frances is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience, with minors in Anthropology and Music. As a songwriter and producer, she is passionate about using the arts as a way to celebrate diversity, address adversity, and build community. She also has strong interests in music therapy and music education, both of which were developed through community-based learning experiences such as Project Outreach Course "Mind, Music, & Community" and student organization "Seven Mile Music". Outside of class, Frances enjoys reading, running, and jamming with friends!
Dilara is a sophomore interested in Chemistry and Psychology. Dilara has a passion for research, which she pursues by working for the Department of Urology at Michigan Medicine. Aside from academics, Dilara is very interested in social justice issues and their influences on health care access and accessibility. Dilara is a member of Michigan Active Citizens - Alternative Spring Break, an organization on campus that focuses on active citizenship, community action and social change. She also works as an Academic Peer Advisor for the College of Engineering which gives her great mentorship experience and allows Dilara to work closely with the College of Engineering staff. In her free time Dilara enjoys playing intramural sports, running, reading, and cooking.
Micheal Mitchell Jr. is a junior at the College of LSA majoring in Screen Arts & Cultures (SAC), and minoring in business at the Ross School of Business. Micheal is a determined individual who is constantly looking for new ways to make things happen. In addition to being a peer advisor, he is also a peer consultant at the Sweetland Center for Writing, and the secretary for M-agination Films. His hope is to use film as a way to bring attention to everyday issues faced by underprivileged communities such as his own in Flint. He enjoys exercising, playing videos games, writing stories, and drawing.
A first generation Hispanic-American from Miami, Florida, Gabriella is currently a sophomore double majoring in Art and Design, and Psychology. Her interest in community justice and drive to work toward social equality pushes her to merge her fields of study by being involved in intersectional organizations like the Stamps in Color Initiative, a program coordinating creative opportunities for students of color in Stamps and the Art and Design Collective, a collection of representatives on behalf of the art school who assess to the needs of each student. Gabriella is also an alumna of the Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP). During her time there, she participated in volunteer services with underserved Native American youth in Detroit, participated in Alternative Spring Break, and was a participant in WolveReaders letter exchange with elementary school students in Brightmoor, Detroit. During her freshman year, she devoted some of her school year to facilitating and tutoring ESL students assimilating to Ann Arbor school and education. Due in part to her multicultural influences and creative inclinations, she hopes to continue working for U-M on public service and leadership initiatives which integrate alternative approaches toward social change and empowerment for the less advantaged.
Eli is a junior in the Ross School of Business, concentrating in Marketing with a minor in Law, Justice and Social Change. A third-generation Michigan student, Eli likes to get involved across campus in many ways. Outside of the classroom, he is involved in a sociology research project and is a part of the Enactus social entrepreneurship club. When not doing work, Eli likes to play basketball, enjoy nature, and hang out with friends. Eli is excited to get involved with SAGE, and to learn more about how to integrate student voices and ideas into action.
Shelby Stadler is a junior in the College of LSA, double majoring in the Program in the Environment and Spanish, with a minor in Water in the Environment. She has an undeniable passion for the environment and sustainability, which led her to New Zealand in the Spring of 2017. This was an eye-opening and life-changing trip, and she now knows that she wants to help people educate themselves about the environment and what they can do to help prevent its degradation. Shelby also hopes to go to Madrid, Spain during Winter 2018, to better her understanding of the Spanish culture and language. In her free time between classes, Shelby loves to read, identify trees, listen to music, and go for walks in the Arb. Shelby is very excited to become a SAGE member, and be a part of the community-based activities that they conduct.
Mayah Wheeler is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan. It is Mayah’s goal to positively change the world and she believes SAGE will help her positively change the University of Michigan! She’s currently studying Spanish and her goal is to become an elementary school teacher, so that she can help mold our future!
Briahna is a junior from St. Louis, MO majoring in Social Theory and Practice with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. Her focus within Social Theory and Practice is the long-term effects of poverty among disadvantaged families, and how at-risk youth use resilience and self empowerment to overcome adversity. With this, Briahna has intentions to pursue graduate studies in social work and create an educational non-profit organization. Outside of her studies, Briahna was a research assistant through UROP in a joint project through the Department of Education and Psychology. She is also involved in many service organizations on campus, including Habitat for Humanity and Students Empowering Education (SEE). A turning point for Briahna was her time spent in Detroit during the Semester in Detroit Program (SID). A member of the fall 2016 cohort, Briahna was an intern with Alternatives for Girls, a non-profit dedicated to uplifting young ladies in the Southwest Detroit area. This experience has encouraged Briahna to become more involved in community-based learning, community organizing, and learn more about the history and future of Detroit. Briahna is excited to become a SAGE member to share her student voice to develop and enhance learning mechanisms used on campus.