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GLC Events Director

ERIN WHITE, EVENTS DIRECTOR
GRADUATE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL – American University
Email: events@auglc.org
College of Arts & Sciences – Master of Education

Erin White is pursuing a Master’s in Education in the Education Policy and Leadership program with American. This is Erin’s first semester with the Graduate Leadership Council and hopes to gain great insight and experience in her position with the Council.

Erin graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science from Temple University, where she was a member of her school’s Model UN, a study abroad advocate, and a member of three academic honor’s societies. During her time at Temple, she participated a summer semester study abroad program at Temple University Rome.

Born and raised in the DMV area, Erin returned home upon graduation from Temple. Following this return and prior to joining American University, Erin has been working with low-income, at-risk youth around the DC area where she currently holds a position managing a nonprofit afterschool education program. She also has worked part time in restaurants in the area since undergrad where she has gained background knowledge of event hosting and planning.

In her very little free time, Erin enjoys (more so, endures) working out, spending time with friends and family, cooking (and has sometimes been known to bake), and traveling. Her biggest passion in life is education advocacy and program development and has hopes of one day launching her own nonprofit program that targets family and youth needs and policy development on their behalf.

SOC Vice President

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MALLORY PAYNE, VICE PRESIDENT
Program: Master of Political Communication
Email: mp1071a@student.american.edu

TMallory is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Political Communication. She graduated from the University of San Diego in the spring of 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Prior to coming to AU, Mallory worked at an advertising agency in Nashville, TN.

GLC International Student Liaison

R. Amalia Laksmiputri, INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LIAISON
GRADUATE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL – American University
Email: Rl6800a@student.american.edu
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.

SPA Community Service Chair

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MEREDITH CHECK, COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAIR
Program: Master of Public Policy

Meredith Check is a second year Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) candidate, focusing on gender issues within the realm of policy. Meredith is serving as the Community Service Committee Chairperson for SPA’s Graduate Student Council.

As an MPP candidate, Meredith has interned in the Government Affairs departments at Bread for the World: an anti-hunger, anti-poverty advocacy organization, and the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN): a membership-based professional organization that is dedicated to advocating for the well-being of women and infants. At these organizations, Meredith discovered her passion for advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

Before joining the AU community, Meredith participated in a fellowship year working at a non-profit in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. There, Meredith worked with high school and college students to help them break down stereotypes they held and work through to help them understand root causes of social justice issues.

When she isn’t studying or working at her internship, Meredith works as an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, and a Beachbody Coach. When she isn’t doing work of any kind, you can find Meredith cheering on the NC State Wolfpack in whatever seasonal sport it is. She received her undergraduate degrees in History and International Studies from NC State University, and Meredith grew up in Lexington, NC.

SPA Academic Affairs & Professional Development Chair

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THOMAS MOORE, ACADEMIC AFFAIRS & PDEV CHAIR
Program: Master of Public Policy

Tom is a first year Master of Public Policy candidate at the School of Public Affairs (SPA), concentrating in International Development. He is the Academic Affairs and Professional Development Chair of the SPA Graduate Student Council. Currently, he works as a Course Planner and Data Assistant at the American University, School of International Service.

Prior to coming to AU, Tom worked at a foreign credential evaluation organization in New York City where he assisted international students and professionals in their pursuit of higher education and employment in the United States and Canada.

Tom is from Upstate New York and graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French. In his spare time, he can be found playing drums or playing pick-up soccer games on the National Mall.

SPA JLC Representative

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WENDY BREHM, JLC REPRESENTATIVE
Program: Master of Justice, Law, and Criminology

Wendy Brehm is a first-year Justice, Law and Criminology student, concentrating on Jurisprudence and Social Thought. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore.

Wendy is the Justice, Law and Criminology program Representative for the School of Public Affairs Graduate Student Council. Prior to coming to American University, Wendy interned at the National Association of the Deaf, a law firm based in Silver Spring Maryland, where she learned a lot about the role advocacy plays in the lives of disabled and non-disabled individuals.

She also worked for the American Institute of Physics as a Government Relations Assistant, where she connected constituents from various states to their representatives when issues regarding science education and scientific developments arose. This inspired Wendy to seek opportunities where she could do similar work, but in areas where she is more passionate, such as disabled youth, education, and social justice.

Wendy is truly excited to be a part of the SPA Graduate Student Council and is looking forward to getting to know, and advocating for, her constituents!

SPA GOV Representative

M. SHEA LAMANNA , GOV REPRESENTATIVE
Program: Master of Political Science

Shea is a first year Political Science student studying Comparative Politics. She is interested in migration, citizenship, and concepts of belonging. She has focused primarily on the European reaction to the Syrian refugee crisis.

No stranger to DC, Shea grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland before attending West Virginia University for her Bachelor’s degree. She graduated in May 2017 with a BA in History and Political Science. Shea served in West Virginia as an

AmeriCorps VISTA, developing service-learning programming and highlighting community-based research throughout the state. Following her year of service, she spent the summer in Germany before returning home to the district and joining the AU community.

Shea has served as a program assistant for the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research in SPA. She also enjoys her role on campus as the Graduate Assistant for Community-Based Learning and Research in the Center for Community Engagement and Service. She’s excited to be a Team Leader on an Alternative Break to India this May. She is also an intern for the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Shea has visited 22 countries so far (and counting) and believes in the power good research has to change the world. .