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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program
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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program
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Washington, DC 20016-8119
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Alan Arturo Day

Alan Arturo Day graduated from American University with a degree in finance in December of 2014. As a scholar, he co-founded Fotosynthesis with three FDDS colleagues and worked as a research assistant on campus. He interned with Google in Mountain View, CA during the summer of 2013, working in the Treasury organisation and focusing on cash management and payments. For the summer of 2014, he joined Credit Suisse in New York as a summer analyst in the capital markets division. Alan is currently an investment banking analyst with Credit Suisse based in San Francisco. He is interested in early-stage and growth companies, innovation, and corporate finance.

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Ana Santos

Ana Santos graduated from the School of International Service, majoring in international studies with a minor in communication. She primarily developed her skills as a leader and a communicator at AU through her photography. Ana was Photo Editor of AU’s student newspaper The Eagle and was a member of Sigma Iota Rho. She interned for the National Geographic Image Collection, FotoWeekDC, and the National Geographic Traveler magazine. During the summer of 2013, Ana also interned with the U.S. Department of State in Brasilia, Brazil and later studied abroad there. Ana is currently fusing her passion for travel, photography, and social issues into a rewarding career.

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Candace Evilsizor

Candace Evilsizor graduated summa cum laude from American University from the School of International Service with a minor in French in May of 2015. She studied abroad in France and Morocco where she gained proficiency in French and Arabic. Candace concentrated on migration dynamics throughout her undergraduate career, and she served refugee communities through governmental and not-for-profit internships in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and in America. Recognizing the barriers to higher education that undocumented immigrants face, Candace developed a presentation about immigration relief and college access for undocumented students and trained over one hundred high school counselors in Arizona, where she is originally from. Moreover, Candace presented her Honors capstone entitled Eating Between the Lines: Exploring Bidirectional Cultural Adaptation through Immigrant Restaurants at the 2015 National Conference for Undergraduate Research. While on campus, Candace was actively involved in Chi Alpha, American Friends, and helped launch Fotosynthesis, a Clinton Global Initiative recognized social business that fosters cross-cultural communication through photography.  

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Cassandra Fowler

Cassandra Fowler is a junior majoring in justice and law with a criminology focus at the School of Public Affairs. She is from Montgomery County, Maryland. Cassie hopes to go on to law school and work on judiciary reform and the rights of the accused. Cassie is currently working to develop two organizations, working towards improving education in DC schools through pre-college mentoring in one, while exposing middle school students to different world cultures in the other. 

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Daniel Marks

Daniel Marks is a junior enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he is majoring in psychology. Daniel is from Conyers, Georgia. Currently, he is interested in gaining community and behavioral psychology research experience by conducting scientific research on the AU campus. Daniel also serves as Chief Marketing Officer for FotoSynthesis. The summer of 2013, he traveled to South Africa to participate in AU’s Community Based Learning Program (CBL) to advocate for prevalent race and gender related issues in post-Apartheid Cape Town. In the future, Daniel hopes to pursue a career in consumer psychology related to marketing. 

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Falon Sioban Dominguez

Falon Sioban Dominguez graduated from the School of International Service and the College of Arts and Sciences, with a double major in international studies and economics. She grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. During her time at AU, Falon worked as a monitor at the AU library and served as the sophomore representative on the university’s Honors Curriculum Task Force. Falon is co-founder and chairman of the board of FotoSynthesis. In April 2012, her leadership secured the FotoSynthesis team an invitation to the Clinton Global Initiative University Annual Meeting to present the launch of their pilot program teaching middle school students about cross-cultural communications and photography. In the summer and fall of 2012, Falon studied at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. This past spring semester, she worked as an intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The summer of 2013, Falon served as a Google intern in Ann Arbor Michigan. Falon has accepted a position at Google in Mountain View, CA and, in the future, plans to attend law school. 

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Julien Blaney

Julien Blaney is a junior majoring in history. He is from Montclair, New Jersey. Currently, Julien is the Chief Strategy Officer for FotoSynthesis and also manages community outreach for Scholars for Progress.

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Justin Winston Morgan

Justin Winston Morgan is a junior majoring in public health in the College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a certificate in translation in French and is also on the pre-med track. Justin grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland. Currently, he is doing research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities and hopes soon to publish and present his work. In the future, Justin plans to go to medical school, as well as pursue an MPH. 

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Matt Lien

Matt Lien graduated from the School of Public Affairs, majoring in political science with a minor in Chinese language. He was raised in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Matt served as president of the AU chapter of DC Students Speak for two years, representing student political interest on campus and in Washington, DC. In addition, he volunteered at DC Vote. During the last spring semester, Mat interned as a legislative fellow for the office of DC Shadow Representative Nate Bennett-Fleming. During the summer of 2013, he was an associate for the Brown Miller Group in New York City, where he is now a consultant. Matt plans to pursue a JD/MPA and is always looking for new learning and leadership opportunities.

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Nellely Mejia

Nallely Mejia

Nallely Mejia graduated from the School of International Service (SIS) and the College of Arts and Sciences, with double majors in international studies and sociology. She was born in Brooklyn, New York. As a freshman at AU, Nalley interned at the Latin American Youth Center where she supervised students at Alice Deal Middle School’s after school program in Washington, D.C. The following summer, she volunteered as an English tutor for immigrants at the International Institute of St. Louis. She also presented the findings of her research concerning the Mexican community in the United States at a conference hosted by SIS. Nallely served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Fotosynthesis, developing the project’s curriculum and joining three fellow scholars to present their project to President Clinton at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University Annual Meeting. In the past, she worked as a research assistant for the Center on Health, Risk, and Society. Nallely is currently a PhD at UC Berkeley and is interested in pursuing a career in higher education, research, and advocacy.

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Nkemdilim Chukwuma

Nkemdilim Stacy Chukwuma is a junior in the Business, Language and Cultural Studies Program at the Kogod School of Business with a focus on the Spanish language and a minor in finance. She grew up in Valley Stream, New York. Nkem works at the Kogod Center of Business Communication. She is a peer consultant at AU, CFO of FotoSynthesis and Scholars for Progress’ Coordinator of External Relations. Nkem is passionate about such issues as youth empowerment, cross-cultural relations, and community service. In the future, she hopes to combine her background in business, her interest in learning about different cultures/languages, and her enthusiasm for helping others into a fulfilling career. 

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Rodrigo Futema

Rodrigo Tamashiro Futema is a senior in the School of International Service, majoring in international studies. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil and raised in Columbia, Maryland. During his freshmen year at AU, Rodrigo, along with other FDDS scholars, began directing Scholars for Progress. He also has been involved with Fotosynthesis. The summer of 2013, Rodrigo was a social innovation intern at the CASE Foundation. In addition, he successfully completed the Yale Global Pre-MBA Program. In the future, Rodrigo aspires to pursue an MBA. 

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Stephanie Vela

Stephanie Vela is in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she is majoring in sociology. She grew up in Coachella Valley, California. Growing up in a predominantly Hispanic immigrant community, Stephanie is passionate about immigration reform and issues facing the Latino community. Currently, she is the CEO of FotoSynthesis, as well as special assistant to the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars office Inaugural Director. Stephanie plans to work in the area of education, hoping to make a positive impact within public schools. 

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Tamaara Bostwick

Tamaara Alissa Bostwick is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she is majoring in public health with a pre-med track. She was born in Georgetown, Guyana and moved with her family to the United States when she was one year old. Tamaara has spent most of her life in Long Island, New York. In the future, she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatric oncologist, as well as pursuing either an MPH or MBA. Tamaara’s ultimate goal is to open clinics in under-resourced communities and developing countries. 

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