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Ali Berens

Ali Berens is a senior at JMU majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Environment, Technologies, and Innovations and is also minoring in Environmental Studies. Along with her studies, she volunteers helping to create and sustain community gardens at local elementary schools. She is passionate about issues regarding the environment and learning how to live sustainably. While working with JMU Civic, she plans to help address and advocate for concerns about climate change and climate justice.”

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Charles Conner

Charles Conner is a Campus Vote Project Fellow with JMU Civic, focused on recruiting JMU students to serve as Poll Workers on Election Day. Charles is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and History, with minors in Public Policy and Administration and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. He is the current President of the Class of 2023, Chair of Legislative Affairs Committee in Student Government Association, a brother of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and an Oxford comma enthusiast. His favorite fields of Politics and History are Criminal Justice and Nation Building. Charles is an active advocate for students, he wants to help JMU become one of the most civically involved campuses in the country. 

Pronouns: he/him/his

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Marina George

Marina George is a senior from Arlington, Virginia majoring in Political Science and Psychology and minoring in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to working at JMU Civic, she is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, a Student Government Senator, a Peer Educator of Student Defenders, as well as the Vice President of the Honors Leadership Council. She also works as a Program Advisor for the Office of Residence Life. She is passionate about mental health policies and her goal while working for JMU Civic is to advocate for the well-being of students as well as to support them in the process of becoming more civically engaged both in the JMU community and on a broader scale.

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Nadiya Khaydari

Nadiya Khaydari is a senior pursuing degrees in Political Science and Economics. At JMU, she serves as a Senator in the Student Government Association. Outside of JMU, she is a co-founder and part of Senior-Leadership at Cville 1st Gen which aims to help students overcome challenges and pursue higher education.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Ryan Ritter

Ryan Ritter is an undergraduate junior from Chesapeake, Virginia majoring in History and International Affairs with a concentration in Middle Eastern comparative politics. He is also pursuing minors in Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations and Honors Studies. In addition to his work at JMU Civic, he currently serves as President of the Class of 2023, President of the Quiz Bowl Team, and an Orientation Peer Adviser. He is passionate about ensuring safe and equitable ballot access—especially among fellow students.     
Pronouns: he/his

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Mary Tolentino

Mary Tolentino is the Woodson Martin Democracy Fellow at JMU Civic, focusing on the immigrant communities in the Shenandoah Valley. Mary is a junior and pursuing a degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Medical Spanish. As a high school student, Mary discovered an interest in advocating for minority groups through various extracurricular programs. She enjoys spending time in nature and listening to music.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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