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Student Advisory Council

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Promoting communication and enhancing student experiences

The College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Council enables enthusiastic undergraduates to work with the Dean and the CAS leadership administrators to address concerns and work toward improvements within the college. The council was established to promote communication of relevant and helpful information between students and the college administration, with a goal of enhancing the educational experience for all CAS students.

Student members are responsible for attending the Advisory Council's meetings to discuss issues and concerns and to share their suggestions for possible initiatives. Any undergraduate who is interested in helping to improve the college and the experience it provides students may apply to become a council member.​

See meeting dates, roles and responsibilities



Caleb Owens - College of Arts & Sciecnes<p>Caleb is a senior at the university with majors in history, English, and philosophy, and minors in cognitive science and anthropology. For over three years, he has reported and edited for The Review, the university’s independent student newspaper, where he previously served as Editor in Chief and currently serves as the newspaper’s Development Officer. He is a Plastino Scholar, having recently traveled to Estonia to pursue an independent research project on the country’s e-governance and e-democracy initiatives, topics that he his currently writing a senior thesis on within the Philosophy Department, where he also works as a Teaching Assistant. He serves as a Senior Writing Fellow in the Honors Program, and has been involved with various other groups on campus, such as the Colored Conventions Project. In his free time, he enjoys listening to and playing jazz music, tennis, drinking black coffee, reading the news, and talking about consciousness.</p>calowens@udel.edu
Joy Orume - College of Arts & Sciences<p>​Joy Orume is an international student studying Biochemistry with Honors at the University of Delaware. Her curiosity about social, cultural and political norms led her to add a minor in Political Science as well as become a Resident Assistant at the University. Growing up in Nigeria challenged her to explore the causes of major societal problems especially as they affect young people and she hopes to able to learn from her position on the council how administrative bodies such as the College of Arts and Sciences encourage students to achieve their goals as well as contribute to student development. Joy also works at the University of Delaware Visitors Center which has given her the opportunity to meet other students from all over the globe. She loves traveling, reading and making new friends.</p>joyorume@udel.edu
Maggie Buckridge - College of Arts & Sciences<p>​Maggie is a freshman Public Policy major with minors in Legal students and Domestic Violence Services and Prevention. She is a Distinguished Scholar, and seeks to represent students in the honors community. Her goal as a council member is to make the student body feel that the College of Arts and Sciences is a community that supports and hears them. As a UD policy student, she wants to explore the issues of domestic violence, restorative justice, and voter engagement. On campus, Maggie is involved with Make It Count, Redding Community Council, and the First Year Fellows Program. In her free time, Maggie enjoys dancing, partaking in interfaith discussions, and engaging in service trips with University of Delaware Alternative Breaks, as well as other groups. She is passionate about raising awareness about domestic violence and teen dating abuse, and plans to pursue a career as a lawyer who can represent victims of gender based violence.</p>bmaggie@udel.edu
Mo Naqvi<p>​Mo is an undergraduate Health Behavior Science Major with a minor in Biological Science. His commitment to the Associate in Arts community has been invaluable.  His leadership on nurturing emotional intelligence while supporting those with psychological issues, up to and including suicide prevention, has helped the program assess its counseling and student services needs to plan for the future.  Mo is conscientious, curious, and never intimidated by new ideas or unfamiliar situations.  Despite his obligations as a premedical student, he made of point of regularly enrolling in, and excelling in, humanities courses. Furthermore, he is an active member of Lori’s Hands, having volunteered more than 120 hours to helping individuals living with chronic illness. Mo is passionate about helping children living with disabilities, volunteering his time as a tutor for children living with speech impediments daily. Upon graduation, Mo would like to earn his medical degree to further provide for those living with disability.</p>mnaqq@udel.edu
Sean Billups - College of Arts & Sciences<p>​Sean Billups is a transfer student with a BA in History, pursuing a second undergraduate degree in Art Conservation. Launched by his senior research project, In Search of Origins: The Evolution of the Medieval Vielle, Sean began the journey towards art conservation and interned in the conservation department at the Gilcrease Museum in Oklahoma, where he learned fundamental care of collections and treatments of works on paper. Sean is passionate about preserving art and history for future generations and creating connections to the past. After graduation in 2021, Sean plans to pursue his Masters in Art Conservation and is particularly interested in international & ethnographic projects. Sean lives in Newark DE with his wife, runs a small business, and enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, from art and woodworking to trail running and hiking.</p>seantb@udel.edu
Emmanuella Fabrikarakis - College of Arts & Sciences 2019.jpg<p>​Emmanuella "Nella" Fabrikarakis is an undergraduate Political Science major with minors in Arabic and Legal Studies. Nella has a strong passion for languages, as she is bilingual in Greek and English, fluent in French, and is currently working towards obtaining her fluency in Arabic. Since arriving at UD, she has been dedicated and very passionate about her studies, as she had to overcome struggles with being a non-native speaker. Upon graduation in the spring of 2020, she would like to earn her Masters in diplomacy in hopes of improving socioeconomic conditions and relations internationally. With her intellectual strengths, clear sense of direction, and her strong motivation to learn and grow, Nella provides positive-thinking insights to the student council.</p>efabr@udel.edu
Sarah Mazzarella - College of Arts & Sciences 2019.jpg<p>​Sarah C. Mazzarella is a current Public Policy and Music double major with a minor in Legal Studies and plans to graduate in 2021. Working as an intern at the Biden Institute and as an Institute for Public Administration Undergraduate Research Fellow, Sarah has begun to explore her interests in civil rights and social justice policy. She also had the opportunity to be a teacher's assistant for a class on LGBTQ+ Politics taught by Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, Sarah McBride. As a member of the Blue Hen Leadership Program, Sarah collaborated with UrbanPromise to help improve their after school-tutoring program. Sarah plays violin in the UD Symphony Orchestra, is involved in the University Singers, and serves as the fundraising chair of the Mock Trial team. From Moriches, New York, Sarah enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.</p>smazz@udel.edu
Julia Rowland - College of Arts & Sciences<p>​Julia is a junior Political Science and Interpersonal Communication major with a minor in Journalism. She strives to improve the student-faculty interaction and enhance the academic experience of the student body by increasing transparency. In addition to the CAS Student Advisory Council, Julia serves as the Executive Vice President of Student Government. Furthermore, she is a member of the University of Delaware Figure Skating Team and an undergraduate representative for Faculty Senate. With plans to graduate in spring 2020, Julia is seeking admission to Law School while also pursuing an interest in politics. From Naples, Florida, she is passionate about coaching children through the UD’s Learn to Skate Program, playing the piano and spending time with her friends and family. </p>jkrowl@udel.edu
John R. Vaile - College of Arts & Sciences<p>Pursuing dual degrees in biochemistry and Spanish, John is situated to address and access a broad range of student interests in both the natural sciences and the humanities. In addition to his undergraduate research work at the University of Delaware and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, John is involved in a host of extracurricular activities on campus including the University Allocations Board, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Making Doctors, MEDLIFE, Writing Fellows Program, the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and UD’s Emergency Care Unit. From Hockessin, Delaware, John is passionate about combating educational inequity and mass incarceration by volunteering his time as a bilingual tutor at a local correctional facility. John enjoys music, traveling, playing basketball and spending time with friends and family.</p>
Gillian Williams - College of Arts & Sciences<p>Gillian Williams is a junior Public Policy student with minors in Organizational and Community Leadership and Political Science. She loves being an involved student at UD and spends much of her time building community around campus. As the founding President of the American Association of University Women at UD, Gillian brings the mission of the national non-profit to the UD community in hopes of increasing gender equity and empowering men, women, and people of all genders to create positive change. Gillian is also involved in Delaware Diplomats, University of Delaware Alternative Breaks, the Biden Institute's Make It Count campaign, and the Blue Hen Leadership Program. Where ever life takes her, Gillian is committed to leveraging her passions, skills, and privilege to create and maintain space for vulnerable populations, ultimately creating positive change while minimizing negative consequences. From Schwenksville, PA, Gillian enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, learning new things, and working with people.</p>gillianw@udel.edu

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