GLC Online Student Liaison

Lauryn Hankerson, Online Student Liaison
Online Program – Master of Healthcare Management

Lauryn Hankerson is a second year Master of Healthcare Management student. Lauryn was born and currently resides in New Jersey. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Administration and Policy from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After graduation, she worked in the clinical research industry as a Research Coordinator and Regulatory Specialist. Currently, Lauryn is an Assistant Clinical Project Manager at Bioclinica, Inc, in which she helps manage a variety of clinical trial projects and acts as a liaison between pharmaceutical  sponsors and CROs. One day, Lauryn aspires to become a director in clinical project management at one of the top pharmaceutical companies. She is very humbled and excited to fulfill this role as the Online Graduate Student Liaison and serve the graduate student and administrative body. 

Student Budget Roundtable

Use the Links Below to Download the Reports

Event Description

The University Budget Committee (UBC) completed its deliberations and by way of its co-chairs, Dean of Academic Affairs Mary Clark and CFO Doug Kudravetz have agreed to host a forum for students on Thursday, February 21 at 8:15 PM in the SIS Founders Room

The purpose of the roundtable is to share the guiding principles for the proposed budget and answer questions. Please take a look at the above reports to prepare for the meeting.

If you can’t make the meeting or want to submit your question in advance, you can click here to access our Google Form for Question Submission.

GLC International Student Liaison

School of International Service – Master in Intercultural and International Communication

Amalia is a first-year international student from Indonesia, pursuing an MA in Intercultural and International Communication. She completed her bachelor degree in International Relations at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, and went to study abroad in Hong Kong and Singapore. During her undergraduate study, she served as the Project Manager of Cross-Cultural Understanding Club. She also had working experience interning at the Indonesian Embassy for the USA, worked as International Student Affairs officer at Global Engagement Office, and participated in an ASEAN internship in Thailand. Amalia is passionate about cross-cultural communication, public diplomacy and mental health awareness. She loves to sing, traveling and exploring the city, but she started to learn piano in Covid-19 quarantine. She is excited to serving the international graduate students at American University.

GLC Diversity & Inclusion Liaison

School of Public Affairs – Master of Public Administration

I am in my 2nd year of the MPA program and currently work full-time for the District of Columbia Government. I was born in Boston, MA, but spent the majority of my life in Charlotte, NC, prior to moving to DC two years ago. I look forward to serving the GLC and the students community in any capacity I can. 

CAS President

Amber Saenz, PRESIDENT
College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Art in Public Anthropology

Amber is a first year MA in Public Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to attending AU, Amber received two Bachelor of Science degrees in Anthropology and Animal Science at Michigan State University. She also received a Master of Science in Pharmacology & Toxicology at Michigan State. She spent many years working in academic animal and biomedical research labs. Her work with animals and medicine would eventually lead her to attending an international veterinarian school. She found she was more interested in the history and culture of the area than the classes themselves and decided to pursue an alternate career. She was accepted into AU and will pursue her passion of studying medical anthropology and archaeological research.

GLC Director of Clubs and Campus Relations

American University

My name is Olivia Tarpley (she/her) and I am the new Director of Clubs and Campus Relations. I am excited to get involved with the Graduate Leadership Council here at AU! I am a first-year graduate student in the School of Education in the Education Policy and Leadership Program. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). At UNCG, I was involved with our Student Government Association, the orientation team, a group of peer mentors for new students, and other various student organizations throughout my time there. My final year as an undergraduate student, I was Vice President of Campus Outreach for the statewide Association of Student Governments representing the concerns of 230,000 students in North Carolina. These experiences gave me the opportunity to be in community with fellow students and make improvements related to the student experience. So far, I have started my time as Director of Clubs and Campus Relations by making connections with liaisons and other graduate student leaders. I look forward to working together to contribute to the graduate student community and experience here at AU. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or just to connect by emailing me at

GLC Director of Communications

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES – Master of Psychology

Liwei is an international student who is currently pursuing an M.A. in Psychology. Prior to AU, she graduated with a B.S. in Community Health from George Mason University, where she earned multiple leadership experiences. While Liwei was an undergraduate student, she served as a Student Senator, Orientation Leader, Leadership Consultant and Secretary of Chinese Students and Scholars Association. She advanced her communication and interpersonal skills as well as strategic planning and event marketing skills by organizing and facilitating multiple workshops and events for academic courses, partnership programs and campus-wide conferences. In the upcoming academic year, Liwei hopes to continue developing her leadership skills and give back to the community by serving on the Graduate Leadership Council.