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Public Engagement Fellows Program

THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FELLOWS PROGRAM serves Wake Forest undergraduates wanting to pursue careers and/or degrees in public service, public policy, and public administration upon graduation.  The program affords fellows the unique opportunity to integrate their individual personal and professional goals with their academic learning and relevant  public engagement experiences.

from left: Luis Lopez, Sarah Rudasill, Joe Swanson, Anne Hillgartner, Nehemiah Rolle, Caroline Cunningham, Alex Buchholz, Emma Rigau, Grant Ferowich, Callie Cleckner, Bobby Kaltenbach; not pictured: Andrea Becker, Kristiana Chan, Connor Clausen, Jordan Fashimpaur, Kevin Wang

Alex Buchholz is a junior from Houston, Texas majoring in Economics and Politics & International Affairs.  Last summer, Alex received a Richter Scholarship and travelled to Azerbaijan where he focused on energy geopolitics.

Kristi Chan is a junior from Huntersville, North Carolina, majoring in Studio Art.  She is currently doing an apprenticeship with Wake photographer, Ken Bennett and is part of the Software Solutions student startup.

Connor Clausen is a junior from San Francisco, California majoring in Politics and International Affairs.  He has served as a group leader for Deacon Orientation Camp and participated as a member of CHARGE! Wake Emerging Leaders Project.

Callie Cleckner is a freshman from Swansboro, North Carolina majoring in Sociology.  She is involved with philanthropy, particularly Kappa Alpha Theta’s Casa Royale fundraiser, as club softball co-captain, and as a tutor with Saturday Academy, impacting the life of fourth graders at Ashley Elementary.
Caroline Cunningham is a sophomore from Greenwich, Connecticut majoring in Biology and Anthropology.  She hopes to continue her focus on health related engagement activities during her upcoming study abroad in Australia.

Grant Ferowich is a junior from Saint Charles, Illinois majoring in Economics.  He is serving as Wake Roosevelt Institute Campus Network’s Student Editor for  the “10 Ideas Journal” featuring student-researched and student-written policy proposals on the topic of Energy and Environment.

Ann Hillgartner is a junior from Morgantown, West Virginia majoring in History and Music Performance.  She works with the Secrest Series and interned with the Winston-Salem Symphony as part of the IPE Summer Nonprofit Program before studying in Venice in the fall.

Bobby Kaltenbach is a sophomore from Paducah, Kentucky majoring in Politics and International affairs, his “first love.”  He is engaged in his “Ghandi” service-learning course and hopes to gain experience in the field of justice as part of the Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program.

Luis Lopez is a freshman from Lenoir, North Carolina majoring in Health and Exercise Science.  He is volunteering as a tutor with El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services and as a translator with Deac Clinic, a student-run & physician-staffed free clinic.

Emma Rigau is a sophomore from Gloucester, Virginia majoring in Communication.  She is the Archivist/Historian for Kappa Alpha Theta and has a passion for working with children and nonprofits.


Nehemiah Rolle is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Politics and International affairs.  As President of Wake Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, Associate Editor of Wake Journal of International Affairs, and a Residential Advisor, he lives his values of diversity, inclusiveness, and collaboration.

Sarah Rudasill is a freshman from New Oxford, Pennsylvania majoring in Biology and Politics and International Affairs.  She embodies her interests in medicine, research and policy as Policy Director for the Wake Roosevelt Health Care Think Tank and as the creator of a robotics program for girls at El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services.

Joe Swanson is a senior from Rockwall, Texas majoring in History.  He founded the Wake Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, serves as the Roosevelt Southern Regional Policy Coordinator, and hopes to work in the field of Human Rights.

Brittany Vasquez is a junior from Weston, Florida majoring in Sociology.  Her interests focus on education policy and research in urban education and she volunteers.  She volunteers with Saturday Academy, tutoring children from Ashley Elementary.

Kevin Wang is a freshman from Irvine, California majoring in Mathematical Business. His vision is to combine the mathematical and financial aspects of business and economics to improve monetary circulation and stimulate developing economies.  To this end, he serves as Policy Director for Wake Roosevelt Institute Economic Think Tank, DeaconEye Research Assistant, and collaborator with Dr. Pauca in Computer Science.


Click HERE for News Article on the inaugural class!

To learn more about our wonderful Public Engagement Fellows accepted in 2012-13, click on click on each name and view the Fellow’s Individual Engagement Plan as reflected on ePortfolio:

Blair Bryce

Le’Ron Byrd

Matt Mancuso  

 Ashley Charlton

Jana Fritz

Brian Gordon

Logan Healy-Tuke

Sarah Hoyle

 Aishwarya Nagar  

Harsh Patolia

Jonna Rautsola

Blythe Riggan 

 Hannah Sheffield

Kelly Watson





Applications for 2014 Public Engagement Fellows are closed.

For more information about the Public Engagement Fellows Program, please email