Civic Engagement Fellows

The Center's undergraduate fellows serve as liaisons between the Center and the student body, actively working to support CCE's programs and help students navigate the many engagement opportunities on campus. Click here to learn about how to apply to be a Civic Engagement Fellow.

Nerlande Adolphe

Nerlande is a junior studying English Literature and Legal Studies. Though being Haitian American and a Floridian, she enjoys the Chicago winters. Nerlande is a Quest Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar. On campus, she is involved in Political Union and I Am That Girl. Off campus, she is involved in the Voice Within Us, an organization that partners with Y.O.U. to bring poetry workshops to ETHS students. Nerlande first got involved with CCE when she participated in the Engage Chicago program where she spent a summer learning about Chicago and interning at Young Chicago Authors, an experience that she will forever appreciate. She is passionate about learning how to combat legal and social disparities affecting people of color and the financially disadvantaged. Through her Fellowship, she hopes to address social justice issues on campus. ​
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Bodhi Alarcón

A Bay Area native, Bodhi Alarcón is a rising senior studying Computer Science & Science in Human Culture. Bodhi is passionate about equity and social justice education especially when it comes to privilege and identity. As such, Bodhi is a moderator for Sustained Dialogue at Northwestern, facilitating weekly identity-based dialogues that connect people across identity groups, and is also the co-facilitator for the Queer/Trans/Intersex People of Color support group on campus. Bodhi is a co-orgnanizer for the Freshman Urban Program, which seeks to educate incoming students about the fights for social equity happening around the city of Chicago through service. Some of Bodhi’s other interests include human-computer interaction, performance studies, critical algorithms studies, and Janelle Monáe. Bodhi uses both he/him and they/them pronouns and prefers if you use them interchangeably.
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David Donnelly


David Donnelly is a senior at Northwestern studying Industrial Engineering, Economics, and Computer Science. He was born in Washington D.C and grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. David has always had a passion for politics and civic engagement. He’s currently the President and former Treasurer of Northwestern College Republicans. David spent the last two summers working for a leading renewable energy development company, as well as working for several political campaigns. He’s excited to work with his fellow members at CCE and engage with community members in the greater Chicagoland area.
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Hannah Givertz


Hannah is a senior in the American Studies department concentrating in the development of American cities. On campus she runs Northwestern's chapter of Peer Health Exchange, a health equity nonprofit that brings college students into Chicago public schools to teach mental, physical and sexual health workshops. She also competes with Northwestern's Sailing Team. Hannah first became involved with the CCE her sophomore year, when she helped out with NU Votes, registering students and driving them to the polls. Having grown up in Boston, Hannah loves exploring the history of cities and is excited to learn more about Chicago's history with other students through CCE programs. 
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Andie Linker


Andie is a junior studying journalism, integrating marketing communications, and industrial design. There's nothing she loves more than her home town of Chicago, except maybe chocolate chip cookies. She's excited to be a CCE Fellow to help Northwestern students engage with the greater Evanston and Chicago communities in meaningful ways. Aside from CCE, Andie is involved in Northwestern Hillel and is a FUP counselor. In her free time, Andie likes to bake, write in her journal, and explore different neighborhoods in the city of Chicago -- she prides herself on knowing how to navigate the city flawlessly. She can't wait to spend the year learning and growing alongside the other CCE Fellows.
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Paul Salamanca

Paul (he/they) is a senior studying Sociology and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS). Paul is originally from Manila, Philippines but has also lived in the North side of Chicago and in a nearby suburb. Paul was introduced to CCE when he was a student in Engage Chicago in 2015; it was during Engage that he found his passion of community-based work and research in LGBTQ public health, and more broadly in community building. At NU, he is a Peer Adviser for the MMSS program, where he mentors a group of first-year MMSS students, and he is also a research assistant at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. Paul is excited to use this Fellowship to encourage NU students to explore and engage beyond the tiny radius of campus and to learn from the other Fellows and staff at CCE. 
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Michelle Sanders

Michelle Sanders is a senior in SESP studying Social Policy and African American studies. After participating in the CCE's Engage Chicago program her freshman year, Michelle has been committed to showing everyone all of the amazing opportunities Chicago has to offer! On campus, she serves as Vice Coordinator of Programming for FMO, Northwestern's Black Student Union and is committed to improving the Black student experience. In her spare time, Michelle loves to attend as many concerts as possible and read Afro-Futuristic literature! 
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Lauryn Schmelzer

Lauryn is a senior double majoring in Dance and Political Science. She first got involved with the Center for Civic Engagement by attending an NU in Chicago day as a freshman. She's since led her own NU in Chicago trips and served on the NU Votes steering committee. Outside of CCE, Lauryn has performed in multiple dance department productions and choreographed for student musicals such as My Fair Lady and Little Shop of Horrors. This past summer, Lauryn interned at EMILY's List which is an organization working to get more women elected to public office. As a Skokie native, Lauryn has always been in love with Chicago, but participating in CCE's Engage Chicago program cemented her passion for the vibrant city. She's a strong advocate for the Skokie Swift Yellow Line, and loves using it to get into the city for long runs along the lake and trips to enjoy Chicago's fantastic theater scene.
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Past Fellows