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Community Engagement & Service

Explore DC Service Coordinators

Explore DC Service Coordinators work as a team throughout the summer to design, plan and implement Explore DC, a 3-day program for approximately 800 incoming students and 120 upper-classmen leaders.

Their role is to identify and negotiate service placements (schools and nonprofit groups), design the opening session and evening programs, place incoming freshmen in 50 nonprofit locations throughout the DC metropolitan area, prepare leaders to work with their groups and sites, and oversee the actual program which will take place from August 23-25, 2016. 

Coordinator Roles

The five coordinators each have their own role in the putting together Explore DC Service. These roles are:

  • Publicity and Publications
  • Participants and Leaders
  • Community Partners
  • Logistics
  • Programming

Become a Coordinator!

Interested in becoming a 2016 Explore DC Service Coordinator?

Review the job description below and follow the link to complete our EngageNet application. This is a great opportunity for service-minded leaders who want to bring the world to AU and AU to the world!

Apply by Friday, February 19th


The 2016 Coordinators

Hannah Tennies

Hannah Tennies '17, Political Science & Sociology


Hannah Tennies is a rising senior double majoring in Political Science and Sociology, she is also pursuing a certificate in Women, Policy and Political Leadership. Hannah is from Baltimore Maryland and has lived there for almost her whole life but was born in the District just a mile away from AU. After serving as a leader in 2014 Hannah fell in love with the program and wanted to help shape and guide its growth. She is excited to be working with such an amazing group of individuals in her Explore DC coordinators and in the CCES office. Hannah loves exploring DC, watching documentaries and eating Thai food. Hannah loves working for positive policy change and women’s empowerment, she hopes to pursue a career that combines many different aspects of social justice, surrounding issues that face women of all identities.


Lauren Peressini '18, International Studies & Sociology


From Montclair, New Jersey, Lauren Peressini is a rising junior in the School of International Service minoring in sociology. Lauren can be found sitting outside the Dav, reading for class and chatting with her friends, or really anyone who walks by. A DJ for WVAU, Lauren loves exploring DC's venues and finding new music to fall in love with. She’s always felt strongly about social justice and is excited to work with a team who is equally inspired. Lauren is passionate about intersectionality, especially as it pertains to environmental justice and racial and gender equality. An extrovert for sure, Lauren loves talking about fossil fuel divestment, quinoa and how excited she is for Explore DC.


Taylor Dumpson '18, Law and Society


Eastern Shore of Maryland native, Taylor Dumpson, is a rising junior majoring in Law and Society. As an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lambda Zeta Chapter and Taylor currently serves as the Vice President and Program Chair. She spends a great deal of time focusing on social justice issues concerning girls and women, as well as people of color, truly taking to heart the “Service to All Mankind” component in the purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys drawing, painting, and photography. A long term goal of hers is to help reform the criminal justice system and to help ensure that every individual regardless of class, race, gender, or religion is guaranteed the same rights under the Constitution. One day she hopes to open a non-profit art studio for at-risk youth to provide art as a positive outlet and inspiration.


Amanda Riddle '18, Communications, Law, Economics & Government (CLEG)


Amanda is somehow a rising Junior in the School of Public Affairs, working towards a degree in CLEG with a minor in Education Studies. You can usually find her sitting on the quad curating Spotify playlists, drinking iced coffee, and drawing. When she isn’t quading, she is probably in the CCES office with the DC Reads Staff, in SIS “doing homework” with her friends, or in the Dav socializing with her sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma. Amanda originates from the great state of New Jersey, where she loves going to local beaches and eating a lot of pizza. Even though her heart aches for New Jersey and the Atlantic ocean, she is thrilled to be spending the summer expanding her understanding of DC through the lens of social justice. Her two favorite places in DC are The National Gallery of Art and Drew Elementary School, where she tutors for DC Reads. Though she has no idea what her career will look like someday, she is sure of her passion for issues surrounding urban education, urban housing, and women’s health. Amanda is inspired by the other Explore DC coordinators and cannot wait to welcome the Class of 2020 with them during an inclusive, informative, probably really humid, and fun Welcome Week.


Moira Nolan '17, Psychology & Sociology


Moira Nolan, hailing from Rhode Island, is a rising senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She divides her time between reading, running, urging the university to divest from fossil fuels, and eating chickpeas. Although she is more comfortable being on or near the water, if she has to spend time on land Moira can typically be found at the Potter's House book and coffee shop. Moira hopes to one day figure out what she wants to do for the rest of her life, but right now she feels passionate about women’s and maternal health. This summer she is excited to learn more about DC’s history and the organizations fighting for justice throughout the city.