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Two UP College students named to Benson task force

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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today announced the 25 students selected to serve on the Michigan Department of State’s College Student Advisory Task Force. Over the next year, the task force will meet to determine and implement recommendations to improve voter education and youth engagement on Michigan college and university campuses.

“This is a critical time in our nation’s democracy, and it’s critical that student voices be at the table,” Benson said. “The task force will play an important role in empowering and engaging student voters across Michigan to ensure their voices are heard on Election Day and beyond. I look forward to their recommendations and support their work to improve voter education, youth engagement and participation.

The students represent 18 community colleges, colleges and universities across the state and were chosen from nearly 200 applicants to represent their institution of higher education. Members will serve as civic engagement liaisons between the Secretary of State’s office and their respective campuses throughout 2022, using their diverse perspectives and experiences to educate peers about their voting rights, promote voter map awareness newly redistricted and to combat and dispel election misinformation. on university campuses.

The people appointed to the working group are:

Ibrahim Ahmad of Dearborn – Wayne State University

Nikolas Baker of Standish – Saginaw Valley State University

Adrian’s Naomi Barbour – Eastern Michigan University

Melia Conners of Canton – Schoolcraft Community College

Christian Dunn of Flint – University of Michigan-Flint

Midland’s Kate Ellison – Central Michigan University

Gwendolyn Feamster of Marquette – University of Northern Michigan

Jack Harrison of Ann Arbor – Michigan State University

Alexis Hirst of Clinton Township – Siena Heights University

Jeremy M. Johnson of Tall White – Oakland University

Charles-John Manansala of Menominee–Bay College

Ramon Martinez Garcia of Battle Creek – Kellogg Community College

Jocelyn Medina from Wyoming – Grand Valley State University

Akhila Mullapudi of Farmington Hills – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Natasha Mwila or Livonia – Albion College
Ant Neal from Chicago, IL – Albion College

Rosalind Niemeier from De Pere, WI – Calvin University

Kawkawlin’s Diva Patel – Saginaw Valley State University

Abbie Pinter of Bay City – Central Michigan University

Rose Reilly of Dexter – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Hannah Richardson of Forest Hills – Michigan State University

Iris Sorrell from Antwerp, OH – Adrian College

Hemanth Tadepalli of Troy – Kettering University

Anna Van Hese of Madison Heights – Oakland University

Fatima Yahya of West Bloomfield–Wayne State University

This is the second iteration of the Michigan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force. The report written by the previous cohort is available at