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Adrik Bagdasarian

Adrik is a Woodson Martin Democracy Fellow and a senior International Affairs major with a concentration in International Conflict and Resolution. Since transferring to James Madison University in 2020, Adrik has served as treasurer and subsequently president of the JMU Public Affairs Student Organization. He is interested in researching international conflict and terrorism. In addition, Adrik's familial history with the Armenian Genocide and roots as an Armenian American have driven him to advocate for issues of forced migration and immigration.

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Aaron Baughman

Aaron is a senior Philosophy and Religion Major with a Concentration in Philosophy and Minors in Political Science and Christian Studies from Roanoke, VA. During his time at JMU, he’s been a Resident Adviser, a member of the Madison Honors Leadership Council, and a volunteer leader with YoungLife. His time at JMU has also opened doors for him to work on both Ben Cline's congressional campaign and Glenn Youngkin's gubernatorial campaign, experiences that have helped him gain an appreciation for the broader Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community. This interaction with the broader community has led him to believe it is important that when we, as students, engage in local politics, we do so responsibly. When he’s not working for the Madison Center, you can find him barista-ing at Coffee Hound, running, or watching Cleveland Guardians baseball.

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Parker Boggs

Parker is a junior Political Science and Public Policy and Administration double major, with a minor in Political Communications, with a pre-law track. At JMU, he is the chairman and founder of JMU’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), and has membership in College Republicans, Student Ambassadors, Phi Alpha Delta, and is a Senator for the College of Arts and Letters in the Student Government Association. Outside of JMU, he has worked on multiple campaigns around the Commonwealth of Virginia, including Marshall Orenic for Harrisonburg City Council, Scott Taylor for Congress, and Glenn Youngkin for Governor. He is passionate about youth engagement in the political spectrum and ensuring politicians meet with their youth constituents to hear about how the democratic process unfolds.

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Alex Donlon

Alex is a senior international affairs major and Spanish minor. He enjoys learning new ways to communicate with people and putting those skills into action. While studying, Alex has discovered passion for promoting the democratic process at JMU and abroad. This semester, Alex will be working with the JMU Center of Civic Engagement and Campus Vote Project to ensure that student voices are amplified on campus, and voter engagement increases.

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Billy McKeon

Billy is a Senior International Affairs Major with a Concentration in Global Human Development and a Minor in Political Communication. During my time at JMU, I've been a Senator in our Student Government Association, President of the JMU College Democrats, organized a town hall event in conjunction with the Virginia Conservation Network, and am currently working with the Campus Vote Project. While doing this work I developed a passion for uplifting and amplifying the voices of my fellow Dukes because democracy only works when everyone's voices are heard. 

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Leia Surovell

Leia is a Junior anthropology major with minors in honors disciplinary studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Along with being a Democracy Fellow with Civic, Leia served for two years as a student senator in the JMU Student Government Association. They currently service on the Honors Diversity Council. They enjoy podcasting for both the Center and their committee and are passionate about empowering students to be politically active, informed, and to have their voices heard.

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Haley Szramoski

Haley is a senior Public Policy and Administration major with a History minor. She also serves as the Philanthropy chairwomen of Phi Mu. She is passionate about encouraging more young people, specifically, students to get involved with local and state elections. She is also interested in finding new and creative ways to engage with a younger audience when it pertains to polices and elections.

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Ashton White

Ashton is a Woodson Martin Democracy Fellow, majoring in Religion with a concentration in Biblical Studies and Theology. She enjoys learning from the other Madison Center staff and is inspired by the staff’s shared commitment to civic engagement and democracy. She is excited to bring various faith groups on campus together to discuss the importance of civic engagement and what that looks like as a person of faith.

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Jason Whitted

Jason is a senior pre-law political science major with a minor in public policy and administration from Chesapeake, VA. In his free time, he likes to stay active and play sports with friends. Over the summer, Jason spent his time as an intern for a law firm and got the opportunity to work for Rep. Bobby Scott’s Congressional election campaign. He is a devoted student who wishes to pursue a career in the legal field. He is passionate about democratic representation and reducing barriers for participating in democratic processes.

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