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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 two-day program for around 500 incoming students and 100 upperclass leaders. They identify and negotiate service placements (schools and nonprofit groups), design the opening session and evening programs, place incoming first-year students in 50 nonprofit locations throughout the DC metropolitan area, prepare leaders to work with their groups and sites, and oversee the actual program.

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

  • Publicity and Media
  • Community Partners - Immersive Sites
  • Community Partners - Service Sites
  • Logistics and Organization

Check out the profiles of our 2019 Explore DC Coordinator team!

I’m Sam, (she/her/hers) and I grew up in Vermont. I am a junior majoring in Environmental Studies, and minoring in International Relations. My academic interests surround environmental and social justice issues such as food deserts and gentrification in D.C.. For fun I love to visit art museums, watch movies, and attend concerts. I love curating playlists and listening to podcasts. I hope to host my own radio show one day!

(she/her/hers). I'm Mexican but I was raised in Garfield, NJ. I'm in the 2021 class and am a Political Science major. My social justice area of interest is immigration, especially in helping people in lower income communities find legal representation. I used to volunteer at the CAIR coalition downtown at their jail hotline and at Ayuda under their legal branch. A fun fact is that I learned to play the flute when I was 8 to learn a Whole New World from Aladdin and I still haven't to this day.

I’m Addi! (she/her/hers) I’m a senior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Environmental Science as well as getting a certificate in ethical leadership and development through the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership program. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I love spending time hiking, skiing, and practicing or teaching yoga. My passion for environmental justice has led me to work with different communities around the world to understand the intersection of environmentalism and human rights. Here in DC, I am involved with organizations that promote arts education and environmental sustainability in schools around the DMV. In my free time, you can find me sipping coffee, taking pictures, or running around the Rock Creek Trails.

I’m Helagenet but I go by Hela (she/her/hers), I am Eritrean and Ethiopian, I was born in Ethiopia and came to Boston in 2003 and was raised there. I am a sophmore and majoring in International Studies with a minor in Africa and African American Studies in the Diaspora. In social justice, educational disparities and mass incarceration are the issues I am most passionate about. I love to spend my free time with my friends trying new restaurants and catching up. On my own time I love to paint using watercolor and see new documentaries and movies on Netflix. 

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 a group of incoming students. An Explore DC Leader has a strong interest in DC, social justice 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.