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Community Engagement & Service

Eagle Endowment Council

The Eagle Endowment: Moving Ideas Into Action

The Eagle Endowment for Public and Community Service is a unique, student-led effort providing grants to students. The very first initiative of its kind, the endowment awards grants up to $1,000 to students and student groups demonstrating a need for the initial resources to propel an original idea that focuses on providing high quality community service in the DC area into action. We then continue working with the recipient to turn their action into service by providing education and an alumni/professionals network to help maintain success in their venture.

Council members will assist with promoting each grant cycle, reviewing and interviewing applicants, fundraising to maintain funds granted out and assist with event planning activities. Undergraduate, graduate, and Washington College of Law students are all encouraged to apply for a position. A Council with a diverse background will only strengthen the mission of the Eagle Endowment in providing grants and educating the University community through service.


Janina Yates

Endowment Coordinator

Welcome to the Eagle Endowment Council page!

Janina Yates was born and raised in Colorado. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arizona in Political Science and Latin American Studies and minored in Spanish and Portuguese. From 2012 to 2014, Janina served as a Community Capacity Builder with the Peace Corps in Botswana, then furthered her service with Peace Corps Response as a Youth Outreach Music Coordinator in El Salvador.

She spends her summers working with youth development programs and is a current Master's Candidate in American University's School of International Service.

Current Council Members:

Ariane Choupo

Year: Junior
Major: International Studies (minor in Economics)

Ariane Choupo is a junior majoring in International Studies and minoring in Economics. She plans to attend law school later on and practicing international trade law. Outside of school, she is an assistant managing editor for Clocks & Clouds, an international research journal sponsored by SIS & SPA. Last year, she had an meaningful time serving as a member on the Eagle Endowment Council. This year, she looks forward to participating and contributing to the council again

JI Cruz 

Year: Freshman
Major: Chemistry

Born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, J.I. is a freshman and Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar at American University who is passionate about the intersections between poverty and environmental sustainability. Last year, he worked for eight months as a Teacher's Assistant in Thiadiaye, Senegal, as part of his participation in Global Citizen Year, a leadership development-based bridge-year program. As a Council Member, J.I. hopes to broaden his exposure to local community service efforts and help them attain their full potential.

Ayan Dini 

Year: Graduate Student
Major: Master's Candidate: Global Governance, Politics, and Security

 Ayan Dini is a first year graduate student at the American University School of International Service. She is doing her M.A in Global Governance, Politics, and Security. She is a recent AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member from the North Central Region campus. She is passionate about social justice for under represented communities and working to support refugees and internally displaced people. She aspires to join the Foreign Service in the near future.

Taylor Gleeson

Year:  Freshman
Major: International Service

Taylor is a freshman at American University in the School of International Service. Taylor is currently service as the vice president for social action and social justice for the North American Federation of Temple Youth. A native of Boulder, Colorado, Taylor co-founded a nonprofit to bring food to hungry in her community and looks forwards to serving on the Eagle Endowment Council. 

Saagar Gupta

Year: Sophomore
Major: CLEG

 Saagar Gupta is a Sophmore majoring in CLEG, (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government). He is persuing certificates in Community-Based Research as well as Applied Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He is a Community-Based Research Scholar and works as a Research Assistant in the School of Public Affairs


Melissa Patton 

Year:  Freshman
Major:  CLEG

Melissa is a freshman at AU.  She lived in Montreal, Canada until she was 10, but lived in suburban Philadelphia for the last 8 years. She is a proud Canadian citizen and is hoping to have dual American citizenship by the end of the year. She is an enthusiastic hockey fan and a mega bookworm. Melissa is passionate about community service and loves learning about different communities and individuals. She loves talking to people and learning about how different communities work and how different people live. She volunteered at her local library and with an assisted living program in Philadelphia, and is currently a DC Reads tutor. She is excited to be on the Eagle Endowment Council and is looking forward to a great year.

Maureen Smith

Year: Freshman
Major:  Political Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Maureen was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She formerly served on the Philadelphia Foundation’s Youthadelphia philanthropic board. She is a freshman at American University pursuing a double major in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. She is currently a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program and serves as a Jumpstart corps member. Maureen has a passion for visual arts and enjoys painting in her free time.

Council Applications for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year are Closed!

If you'd like any more information about serving on the Council for next year or would still like to assist with a grant review process, feel free to visit us in Mary Graydon Center, Room 273, email the Coordinator (Janina Yates), or contact the office at (202) 885-7378.


Contact Janina Yates here!