SIS, International Studies
Ben Holtzman (International Relations, with Honors, SIS) has just finished his term as Secretary-General of American’s Model United Nations Conference where he led 220 AU students in conducting a high-school conference. In his junior year, Ben served as the Student Trustee on the university’s Board of Trustees where he supported decision making on the board as the university transitioned online. Within SIS, Ben is an Olson Scholar and Honors student where he focuses his research on Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Off-campus, Ben is an intern at the Council on Foreign Relations, working on a book on the U.S. Pivot to Asia. Ben is also the former co-founder and Director of Federal Affairs at March For Our Lives DC.
Emma Jaromin (CBRS, Anthropology, CAS) has dedicated her studies to participate in furthering accessibility and community empowerment within DC communities. She has interned at the Urban Institute’s Community Engaged Methods Team within the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center for two summers, working with community partners and contributing to several research projects aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and community empowerment. She is currently completing her senior capstone with Art Enables, a public art gallery and studio composed of artists with disabilities, assisting with daily studio management, curatorial responsibilities, and professional development opportunities for the artists. She will be continuing her research about disability identity through language use with Art Enables during the next year of her Master’s in Public Anthropology at AU.
SIS, Internatinoal Studies
Jasmine Dean (International Studies, SIS) is a junior at American University and has dedicated herself to building community on campus. At AU, she has actively served as a Program Leader for the Complex Problems and University College programs for four semesters. She is also the Culture Editor for The Blackprint AU magazine, and the current President of She's the First AU. Off-campus, Jasmine also worked as a Site Associate for the non-profit afterschool program in DC, KidPower. Academically, Jasmine has dedicated herself to social justice research and interests, including projects on gender based violence and gendered labor. After graduation, she hopes to further a career in academia, social justice initiatives, and gender empowerment.
SPA, Political Science
Owen Boice (Political Science, SPA) is a senior with an interest in campaign strategy and has volunteered on campaigns at the congressional, state, and local level. Last year, he wrote and presented an interpretive research paper on presidential video advertisements in the age of Trump at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. On campus, Owen is Satire Editor at The Eagle and a Program Leader for the first-year complex problems program. His academic interests include creating effective messages about socialist and abolitionist candidates that resonate with voters. Next year, Owen will continue his studies at AU in the political communication MA program.