Meet the #CLDE19 Interns: Matea, Samantha, and Steven

April 16, 2019

We are thrilled to introduce the three student interns for the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting (#CLDE19). As Matea, Samantha, and Steven introduce themselves below, please know that together they represent a vested interest in civic engagement among students in our networks to engage meaningfully on our campuses, in our classrooms, in our broader communities, and in our democracy. 

Please join us in welcoming Matea, Samantha, and Steven! They have already begun to work with the CLDE Meeting planning committee on the program, arranging a student symposium, and specifically on creating networking, learning, and organizing opportunities for the students that attend the conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL, from June 5-8th. We look forward to working with these fantastic students.

2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Planning Team

Hello! My name is Matea Pejic! I am just about to finish the Paralegal program at Washtenaw Community College. I currently live in Ann Arbor, MI and am proud to call Croatia, Michigan and Illinois my home. This past year, I was a Democracy Fellow for the Campus Vote Project and worked in a coalition to get WCC a “Voter Friendly Campus” designation. I also have a bachelors from Northern Illinois University in History and Political Science (Emphasis in International Relations), Minor in Global Studies (Emphasis in International Politics) and a Certificate in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement. I have also volunteered a lot with UNICEF USA and have enjoyed being able to advocate for children around the world and make sure that we continue to put children first! I am so excited to get to know everyone and super honored to be a part of the CLDE team this year! If you have any questions or want to know more, feel free to reach out!

Hello! My name is Steven Lock, and I am from Silver Creek, NY. I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering Technology at Alfred State College – SUNY. I have previously studied Computer Engineering and have completed a minor in Leadership. I currently work for Alfred State’s Student and Civic Engagement offices; my main tasks are media and student outreach and engagement throughout the community. In addition to this, I am a member of Alfred’s ASME chapter, and we wrote a patent and plan on having another one at the end of this semester! Volunteering is my main passion, I love volunteering and helping everyone I can. I am super excited to meet everyone at CLDE and am honored to be a part of the team!

My name is Samantha Uptmor and I am a junior at The University of Michigan – Flint pursuing a degree in Political Science. I am an active member of Student Government at the University and served as a Senator during my first semester on campus. My focus as a Senator was Civic Engagement and voter registration in which I registered students, analyzed data, planned events and more. I am currently interning with The Walt Disney Company and am able to work with diverse groups of people to problem solve and learn how to be instrumental in a Fortune 100 Company. After attending CLDE 18’ I knew I wanted to have a more active role and I look forward to be on the planning team this year!

As a student attending the 2019 CLDE Meeting, consider participating in the student only pre-conference workshop

Student Pre-conference Workshop - How to be Civically Engaged on Campus (Only open to student participants)

Wednesday, June 5th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

The 2019 NASPA student pre-conference workshop is a half-day workshop focused on “How to be Civically Engaged on Campus.” Three main topics will be covered during this workshop including volunteerism, action, and ethos. The goal of this workshop is to inspire students to become more civically involved on campus and how they can inspire other students on their campus to take civic action. This pre-conference workshop will last from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and will provide students with an opportunity for students to network, build leadership skills, inspire discussion, and to learn more about volunteerism, action, and ethos.

Register here

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