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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 multi-day experience for incoming first-year and transfer students. They identify and negotiate service placements (schools and nonprofit groups), design the opening session and evening programs, place incoming students in various nonprofit locations and neighborhoods throughout the DC metropolitan area, prepare leaders to work with their groups and sites, and oversee the actual program.

The three 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 2021 Explore DC Coordinator team!

I’m Vannice Evans, from Chicago, Illinois. I am a junior at American University studying Criminology & Legal Studies. I work on multiple social justice groups throughout campus and the Student Co-Director for the SPA Leadership Program. Also, I plan to dedicate my life to creating more re-entry services for those incarcerated.

Hello! I'm Raymond (They/He), and I am a rising Junior at the College of Arts and Science majoring in History. I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and was raised in Albany Park, one of the most diverse and working class parts of the city! I volunteer and do work in the Filipino community with Katarungan DC, a group of Filipino and non-Filipino activists who advocate for human rights and peace in the Philippines. Aside from activism, I spend my free time on reading, hanging out with my friends, and visiting Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights. I love working with communities in the DMV area, and look forward to continuing this work with Explore DC.

Josie Von Fischer

I’m Josie and I'm going into my Junior year as a CLEG major in SPA. I’m from Colorado. My favorite thing about DC is the diversity of plants that grow here, and I think service is important because we’re all members of our immediate community first. 

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. Learn more about how to become a leader in May of 2022.