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Explore DC Coordinators

Explore DC Service Coordinators work as a team throughout the summer to design, plan and implement Explore DC, a 2-day program for approximately 900 incoming students and 100 upper class 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 23-24, 2017. 

The four coordinators each have their own role in the putting together of the Explore DC program. These roles are:

  • Publicity and Publications
  • Community Partners
  • Logistics
  • Programming

Julia Snegg is a rising junior from Los Angeles, California. She is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Spanish and SIS, as well as pursuing a certificate in Community-Based Research. In her free time, Julia enjoys playing soccer, hiking, going to the beach, and spending all her EagleBucks at Cava. Julia hopes to someday work for the NIH and NIAID, and eventually switch to public health nonprofit work later in her career. She is so excited to spend her summer in DC and share her passions of maternal & child health and food justice with the other Explore DC Coordinators and Leaders!

Jesse Pearlmutter, who proudly calls Philadelphia home, is a rising Junior in the School of International Service. In his free time, Jesse loves baking, traveling, and sitting outside the Dav procrastinating his responsibilities. He keeps himself busy around campus with the AU Beekeeping Society and the Eta Pi chapter of Beta Theta Pi. After an amazing experience as a Leader, Jesse is excited to work with fellow Explore DC Coordinators and Center for Community Engagement & Service staff to help foster a valuable welcoming experience for incoming AU freshman. 


Amanda is a rising Senior in the School of Public Affairs. Her talents include managing an impressive Spotify presence complete with organized folders of playlists, and spending copious amounts of time with her friends in SIS atrium. She spent her summer last year as an Explore DC coordinator. She is excited to provide a clear avenue for students at American to engage with the District and its complex + vibrant communities. The city that we all have been invited to call our home needs our engagement, and this is the beauty of Explore DC's programming.

Chandni is a rising junior working towards her International Relations major and her International Business minor. She is from Sugar Land, Texas (yes it is a real place right outside of Houston!). In her free time she loves to hang out or study in SIS or Starbucks with her friends. In regards to DC, Chandni can always be found in DuPont at her favorite empanada place Panas. If not there, she also loves Georgetown, mostly because of the ice cream parlor Thomas Sweet. Chandni hopes to one day open up her own non-profit organization; she has no idea for what cause yet since she feels strongly about multiple issues. Chandni was also an Orientation Leader last year.

Interested in being an Explore DC Leader?

This is a great opportunity for leaders who want to bring the world to AU and AU to the world! Explore DC Leaders are returning participants ready to take a step forward in working with and learning about their DC community. They use passion, skills, and knowledge learned from their time in the program to lead an entirely new group of incoming students. An Explore DC Leader has a strong interest in DC, social issues, and nonprofit organizations. Leaders are comfortable being in charge of a group. They are usually the first role models incoming students encounter; thus, our Explore DC Leaders are positive and enthusiastic about American University as a whole, excited to venture into DC for service, exploration, and dedicated to orienting a new group of AU students to life at American.

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