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 Senior studying English Literature and Legal Studies. Even though she is Haitian American and a Floridian, she can tolerate the Chicago winters. Nerlande is a Quest Scholar, a Gates Millennium Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. On campus, she is involved in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, 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 Engage Chicago in 2017 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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Hailey Cox

Hailey is a junior in SESP studying Human Development and Psychological Services and Sociology. She first got involved with the Center for Civic Engagement by participating in Engage Chicago where she interned at Cradles to Crayons and spent her summer learning more about the history of the city she grew up in. During her time with Cradles she was able to learn more about nonprofits and help provide essential items like clothes and books to low income children in Chicago. On campus, she serves as the Co-President of iGEM (International Gender Equality Movement) and is highly involved in Supplies for Dreams (SFD). As a Chicago native and low income student, she works to improve the educational experience for low income students in Chicago by working with SFD to provide resources and opportunities to Chicago Public School students. In her free time she enjoys attending concerts and binge-watching tv shows. She is passionate about education and social justice and hopes to turn those passions into action through her fellowship at CCE.
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Michael Deneroff


Michael is a senior studying Social Policy and Legal Studies. Michael is originally from Bloomfield Hills, MI (aka suburbia), but since going on an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip and doing Engage Chicago his freshman year, he’s become super interested in cities and community development. He’s super excited to get more involved with CCE’s campus initiatives, after admiring them from afar as Associated Student Government's (former) Vice President for Community Relations. Elsewhere on campus, Michael remains very involved with ASB, having helped coordinated the pre-orientation trips for new students this past year. In his free time, he loves to bake and run along the lakefront. He’s so excited to help introduce more NU community members to Chicago and the ideas of community-based work.
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Austin Gardner


Austin is a Junior studying Learning and Organizational Change and African American Studies. He is passionate about working to dismantle oppressive social structures and building power for marginalized people and organizations. On campus, he organizes with Black Lives Matter and facilitates the steering committee for the Coalition to Amplify Voices, a group that works to build power through resource consolidation and community building for student groups working to make a positive social change. Some of Austin’s other interests include being surrounded by nature and mixed media/digital art creation and appreciation, especially art being used as activism. Austin is excited to be working as a CCE fellow and looks forward to connecting his peers to opportunities and resources that will help them build tools and a passion for making social change.
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Ailyn Gonzalez


Ailyn is a fourth year student in WCAS studying History and Legal Studies. As a native to Los Angeles, Ailyn has adapted to Chicago winters, but will always choose a bathing suit over a parka. Ailyn is passionate about educational equity, particularly in low income communities of color. During her time at Northwestern she has explored these interests volunteering and working in several Chicago public schools as a mentor and tutor for young underprivileged students. Her most memorable experience was working as a tutor for the Northwestern affiliated program, Books and Breakfast, which promotes and supports dual language education in Evanston schools. Ailyn also participated in GESI during which she worked with a non profit organization in Bolivia, Pro Mujer, whose mission was to empower women to become financially and socially independent. These experiences have greatly enriched Ailyn's Northwestern experience. Ailyn is excited to work with CCE and empower other Northwestern students to become more civically engaged.
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Lillian Guo

Lillian is a junior majoring in Learning Sciences and minoring in Asian American Studies. As someone who grew up and now attends school in the suburbs of Chicago, she has cultivated a strong relationship with the city by learning to love for everything it has to offer and teach. Her interest and passion for social justice, inclusive education, and education equity has led to her involvement with a variety of on-campus organizations, including Asian Pacific American Coalition, Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators, and Chicago Undergraduate Program. Though for the past two years, she has been involved with CCE as a Jumpstart Corps member, she is beyond excited to move into her new role at a fellow and can’t wait to use this role to create opportunities for her peers to be involved with the city she loves so much.  
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Tanya Tovar

Tanya is a senior in the School of Communication studying Radio/TV/Film and Latina/Latino studies. After participating in the CCE's Engage Chicago program after her first year and growing up in the Evanston community, Tanya is dedicated to learning and sharing everything she has to offer about her community and how we can imagine something better together. On campus, you’ll see her surviving at MSA spaces or at Kingsley with the Books & Breakfast program. In her spare time, Tanya loves to watch horror movies or promoting her slime business (it’s a thing).  
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Past Fellows